Posts from October, 2007(2)

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Travel: Chaa Creek Natural Reserve, Belize

Monday, 15 October 2007

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IMG_7504, Agricultural Fields, Chaa Creek Natural Reserve, San Ignacio, Belize
IMG_7504, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
As with the first day in Placencia, we spent the first day in Chaa Creek wandering around the area. The place we are staying is surrounded by a 350-acre nature preserve, and we spent the morning hiking around the resort’s seven miles of trails.

Travel: Transfer to Chaa Creek, Belize

Sunday, 14 October 2007

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IMG_0424, Road to San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
IMG_0424, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
The morning of day six saw a surprisingly easy three-hour transfer from Placencia southern Belize to just outside of San Ignacio in northwestern part of the country. Outside of the 27km of dirt roads to get from the Turtle Inn to the main highway, the trip was remarkably easy.

Once in Chaa Creek, we spent the afternoon walking around the grounds of The Lodge at Chaa Creek which is where we will be spending the last half of our honeymoon.

Travel: Trip up Monkey River, Belize

Saturday, 13 October 2007

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IMG_7410, Howler Monkeys, Monkey River, Monkey River Villiage, Belize
IMG_7410, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
Our second major excursion in Belize was up the Monkey River, which is one of the larger rivers in southern Belize. We took a boat up the river and saw all sorts of wildlife (Howler Monkeys, Egrets, Ospreys, Crocodiles, ect.) and had lunch in Monkey River Town on the way back through.

back at the turtle inn, after making our way through the vast majority of the happy hour special list, we finally asked the bartender what the locals drink when they don’t want bad fruity resort drinks.

he introduced us to the rum and coke, with belize’s own one barrel rum.

the rum is made with sugar cane, which gives it a bit of a vanilla taste — which makes it a lot less like drinking alcohol, and a lot more like drinking vanilla cokes.

mmmmm.

Travel: Rainy Day at the Turtle Inn, Belize

Friday, 12 October 2007

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IMG_0398, Swimming in the Rain, Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize
IMG_0398, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
Today was our first day of rain in Belize (and it would ultimate turn out to be our last), but as we were planning on spending the day at the resort, it didn’t turn out to slow us down a bit. We realized today that we haven’t taken a single picture of our accommodations, so we spent part of the day wandering around snapping pictures of where we stayed.

we spent the bulk of the afternoon at the pool bar, which just so happened had happy hour specials that made the drinks actually mostly affordable.

Travel: Snorkeling off Laughing Bird Caye, Belize

Thursday, 11 October 2007

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IMG_0301, First Attempt at Underwater Photography (Ever), Laughing Bird Caye, Placencia, Belize
IMG_0301, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
Our first major outing was to Laughing Bird Caye, a National Park in Belize (where, coincidentally, The Nature Conservancy has a few marine projects). Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and we spent the day snorkeling through the western fringes of it.

Travel: Relaxation in Placencia, Belize

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

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IMG_7292, After Dinner Photography, Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize
IMG_7292, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
We spent our first full day in Belize doing what all honeymooners should, lounging around the resort … which we referred to more elegantly as “getting our bearings.” After dinner, we went out and took some pictures of the resort at night.

it turns out pretty much everyone here is on their honeymoon — which would have been funnier if it we hadn’t had the “oh my god, we got married on saturday too! what a coincidence” conversation twelve times before we figured it out.

Travel: Arrival in Placencia, Belize

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

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IMG_0070, Drinks at Mare Restaurant, Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize
IMG_0070, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
honeymoon! we flew out of Washington’s National Airport at early, early in the morning, and arrived in Belize CIty by mid-morning.

Once in-country, we hoped on a little puddle-jumper of a plane for the trip down to Placencia. WIthin minutes of landing, we were at the Turtle Inn, a Balinese-style report put together by Francis Ford Coppola after Placencia was ravaged by Hurricane Iris in 2001.

We spent the afternoon biking into the villiage, and hanging around the pool. Beautiful.

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Arrival in Placencia, Belize

Wedding: Honeymoon

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

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let the tropical drinks begin…

I’m not “supposed” to be online, but I negotiated and got that sentence reduced to just a ban on email.

With my new found interweb freedom, we have been uploading pictures from the honeymoon to Flickr. If you want to see what we have been up to, take a peak at our Flickr slideshow of the honeymoon so far.

We’ll keep posting so long as we have access to free WiFi at the bar (the drinks make uploading go MUCH faster).

UPDATE: Well, Flickr was fun while it lasted. Everything is great at Chaa Creek, but WOW! is the internet slow. It takes so long to upload one picture that if we keep going we won’t have any time to *take* pictures. Anyway, we have (sadly) posted our last pictures until we get home this upcoming weekend.

UPDATE: We’re back, and everything is uploaded. We will post an abridged version later, but if you want to see everything from beginning to end you can look here.

married for:

0y, 0m, 3d

Wedding: Afterparty

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Afterparty @ Stetson's (Tasha & Evan's Wedding), Washington, DC
IMG_0010, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
You’ll have to forgive the lack of originality here (stand in a straight line, arms around each other, smile) but we had such a great time at the afterparty, we wanted to have pictures with as many people as we could…

married for:

0y, 0m, 1d

Wedding: Thank You.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Thank you for coming! We had a fantastic time at our wedding, and it was absolutely because of the wonderful people who decided to share our special day with us. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see our slideshow at the reception, take a look and see some of the other wonderful moments of our new family’s life.

married for:

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