Sunset in the Jungle (San Ignacio, Belize)

On our first night in the Cayo region of Belize we spent the night in San Ignacio. At our hotel (Rumors Resort) we ate a nice dinner of rice and beans followed by fried plantains for dessert as we sat on the patio watching the sunset behind the mountains in the distance. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Belize and would spend the next couple of days in the jungle area searching through Mayan ruins and relaxing before heading over to Guatemala to visit Tikal.

The recent news of murder in this same region of a local Chicago woman brought alot of negative attention to the area – and for good reason – but during our entire two weeks in Belize we never felt unsafe so I do hope this is just an isolated incident that they’ll be able to solve and attribute to a single and random act of violence that can happen anywhere you visit.

Sunset in the Jungle (San Ignacio, Belize)

Sunset in the Jungle (San Ignacio, Belize)

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Paradise near Tikal (Tikal, Guatemala)

The past few days in Chicago have been cold and grey…a preview of what the next five to six months have in store I’m sure as winter is coming soon. It has me thinking of better days – the sun, the pool, the hiking through the ruins, the heat, etc… in Tikal, Guatemala.

We spent a decent part of our two days in Tikal sitting poolside here as it was really hot when we were there (mid-90s) and since they are on generator power for the three hotels/lodges that are there it is a real challenge to get cool. The good news was they’d kick the generator on during the day really quick if you needed your poolside drink blended! Thus, it was our own little version of paradise amongst the Tikal ruins.

Paradise near Tikal (Tikal, Guatemala)

The Pool at Tikal Inn (Tikal, Guatemala)

Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

As we head into the (US) holiday weekend I hope that everyone can take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the freedoms that those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country have granted us. As I look around at the oppression brought against people in other areas of the world I cannot feel more blessed that I have the freedoms that I do. So as you sit back and “find your beach” somewhere this weekend – just make sure you remember why you have the ability to do the things you do and thank a soldier.

Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

Rocks of Love (Caye Caulker, Belize)

During our vacation last year in Caye Caulker, Belize we went snorkeling and came across this assortment of shells in the Caribbean waters. I thought it was appropriate for a post-Valentine’s Day post since I was unable to get much service while out west doing some hiking/photographing.

Rocks of Love – Caye Caulker, Belize

Rocks of Love (Caye Caulker, Belize)

No Fishing (Caye Caulker, Belize)

I walked the beach in Belize to catch the sunrise a few mornings that we were in Caye Caulker. Unfortunately, this was the only morning the clouds allowed the sunrise to actually be photographed – but it was a really nice sunrise.

No Fishing (Caye Caulker, Belize)

Sunrise in Belize

Infinity in Belize

The infinity pool at the resort that we stayed at in Belize was where we spent a good chunk of the second half of our trip. The first five days were spent in the jungle – hiking, climbing ruins and chasing iguanas – so heading to the resort and visiting the swim bar was a nice change of pace (until we got the bar bill of course – yikes! Apparently frozen drinks go down EASY when it is 95 degrees out!).

Infinity Pool at Belize Resort

Infinity Pool in Belize

I’m heading off to Banff next weekend and it according to weather.com it snowed three inches there last night and they are expected to get a few more inches this week. I am not ready for snow yet so I’m not looking forward to this trip too much. Maybe I’ll get lucky with a little warmer weekend and some epic sunrises over Lake Moraine. I’m playing the travel plans ‘by ear’ as I still haven’t booked a hotel. Originally I was planning on driving to Jasper National Park but that is a few hours further north so I expect the snow will be deeper up north and like I said I’m not quite ready so maybe I’ll just bum around Lake Moraine/Yoho National Park for the majority of the trip.