Tag Archives: Cayo District
Traveling across Belize is always an adventure. You never know what you’re going to see or whom you’ll meet.
This is Tikatoo, she lives at Banana Bank Lodge in the Cayo District. She has her own grounds (fenced off from the guest areas) where she can roam about freely, yet still within sight of passersby; she loves to people watch. The property has permission to take care of her, as they’ve done so well for the past three years.
What also struck me today, as it has so many times in the past, is how quickly I went from Caye Caulker — my home away from home, where I recharge my batteries with my Belizean family and finished writing and compiling my second chapter — to the jungles of Cayo and the sight of this beautiful jaguar. All in just about two hours and a half, with plenty of pit stops. It’s what I loved about Belize three years ago on my first trip here, and it remains one of its major advantages.
Meanwhile, I just had my author photo taken (one I can actually use for the book, ha! You can vote on a selection tomorrow, watch this Facebook link) and I’m looking forward to staying put for two weeks during the Christmas holidays, even if it’s still going to be work. I will have two more districts left to explore after Cayo, albeit small ones, and the rest will be all writing and compiling. The heaviest and most stressful days are ahead of me, but I’m slowly and surely getting there.
It was exactly this time last year that I was offered the opportunity to be the next MatadorU Belize Road Warrior – writing, blogging and photographing my way through Belize for three whole months. I remember the excitement and anticipation, not to mention the amount of packing effort that was involved (ha!) in getting ready to fly out on July 7.
Those of you who followed along on my adventures in the Jewel may remember.
It’s amazing how time flies. This postcard is from one of my numerous favorite moments in Belize last year, canoeing at Barton Creek.
As I head out today into a long week off to spend with family (though I will be sneaking in work), I wish all Americans a happy Fourth of July!