I met Michael Keaton at the airport in Belize City!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The farm I am working for is expanding its banana acreage. Land has been cleared of trees and plowed. Drainage ditches have been dug and markers have been set to indicate plant placement. There is a nursery on the farm with little banana plants that are now ready to go into the ground.
These plants are the Galil 12 variety. The plants currently on the farm are Grand Naines and Williams.
These plants are loaded into crates and hauled to the field where they will be planted.
Here I am sitting amongst the beautiful banana plants.
I woke up at 3:45 am to see the planes take off to dust the banana plants. They spray between 5 am and 6 am because winds are typically calmer at this time of day. First the chemicals are mixed in a large tank then pumped from the tank into the planes. The route the pilots take is programmed into a GPS system. It figures how many gallons are applied per acre.
I tried to get silhouette pictures of the planes and the workers just like Top Gun. My intent was to Take Your Breath Away, but I fell short and only got these blurry pictures.
This hose was really heavy and I had to have help lifting it.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
What was supposed to be a day-long fishing trip to Ranguana Caye turned into an overnight stay when our boat broke down. That's right, we were stranded on a very small island. This is not a bad thing. We had essentials such as food and rum punch. Plus, Ranguana has some cabins to stay in and a cooking area. There is a guy who stays out on the island to manage everything.
It was difficult to pass the time, but I managed.
This was my first nap of the day.
There were hermit crabs everywhere and they were fun to play with. They are called soldier crabs in Belize.
Grilling the food we hunted....out of the cooler.
There were many pelicans around this caye.
Some of the cute little cabins.
I hooked a HUGE fish. This thing was strong. I spent at least thirty minutes trying to reel it in. It was woman versus nature. I fought the fish. He fought back. It was a pretty intense battle. Neither party wanted to give in. I was sweating profusely as I do every day here. I was so excited the entire time I was reeling in this fish. I kept thinking about the awesome story I would have to tell everybody and the pictures I would get with my prize catch. Until finally... I ran out of line. The fish took all of the line on my reel. Devastation was stamped across my face. Fish-1 Evin-0. Luckily, there was rum punch to console me.
I am smiling because I thought I was winning the battle. Little did I know the fish had other plans.
Help came early the next morning. Not a bad place to be stranded.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I just love hammocks! Most homes in Belize have them and they are the perfect spot for a siesta. I bought three today at the market in Dangriga. I fully intend to nap in them back in Oklahoma.
Lounging in Placencia.
Ok, so this really isn't a picture of a hammock, but it was my view from a hammock.
On a covered dock in Dangriga.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I visited the Belize Zoo and saw some amazing animals. It was un-Belize-able! Here are some of my favorites:
This is a tapir or mountain cow. It is the national animal of Belize. The one pictured above just laid there like a slug and wasn't too exciting.
Did you know a puma, cougar, mountain lion and panther are all the same animal?
You "toucan" see this animal at your local zoo.
This is a harpy eagle and was my favorite animal. It is bizarre. It looked like something out of a Star Wars movie. I stared at this bird for a good ten minutes.
A very pretty jaguar. There is actually a jaguar sanctuary in Belize, but I have not been.
The magnificent scarlet macaw.
And lets not forget this stunning creature.