Category Archives: Belize

Comedy, Relaxation, Fashion, and Baking! What else does a woman need??

Hello friends!

How is your weekend? My Friday/Saturday has been amazing!

Last night our son Connor treated us to a night out at a comedy club, Comedy Sportz which was super fun! We were right at the front, they are hilarious!

Then this morning I got to wake without an alarm which is something I really Love! (Last night I tried out my new nourishing face and eye mask, so I heated a wash rag this morning and sort of soaked Olathe residue off) then went through my new skin care routine that I discovered on the cruise ship- I think it is improving my rosacea.

I then cleaned/super scrubbed every inch of my bathroom! Even dusted/oiled my hand turned wood candlesticks in my tub surround. Now they glow even without the candles lit. I feel so accomplished! 😂

Then I put on my fancy glitter eyeshadow because I didn’t want to wash my hair today ( that means I can wash tomorrow and not wash on Monday when I have to commute to Salt Lake-early morning). So I pile my hair on top of my head-hence the sparkle eye shadow to distract from my hair!! 😂😂

It’s so sunny today and I’ve got spring fever so I wear a simple tee shirt with my embroidered jeans from Express!

Then we went grocery shopping and really how much fun can that be?? But the fun started when I got back home! I tried a recipe my hubs saw on Good Eats- Alton Brown- Chocolate layer cake with ganache filling and a special buttercream frosting. The ganache turned out perfect (it kind of squished out between the layers, but I think that’s ok! I’ve never made this type of frosting before- ya beat four eggs til fluffy- while you bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil in a pan- then drizzle syrup into eggs while beating furiously being careful not to get the syrup on the side of bowl or on beater and then you add half a pound of butter (little at a time) and it’s supposed to turn out fluffy and creamy!

At first I was freaking out cause it sort of looked like curdled milk (Alton’s warning-“it should not look like this”!) nooooooo 😩😩 😂😂 but after 10 more minutes of furious beating it became really fluffy and Carmel color- and now it’s like cotton candy “It’s so Fluffy”! Success! So I load the cake with this frosting that I hope is good (remember I’m GF and can’t even eat this lovely confection) and put it in the fridge for tomorrow!

We end the evening by sitting and watching “Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark” my favorite Indiana movie. Since we hiked through the jungles of Belize, I feel more of a connection to Indy! 😂😂

Welcome to the Jungle

Hello friends!

Here is my continuation describing my cruise fun! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I had experiencing!

The next location on our list is Belize; and Belize it or not, it is beautiful 😂😂

Our ship anchored five miles off shore because Belize has one of the worlds largest barrier reefs and ships moving through would damage this delicate system. So we took a tender to shore where we met our tour director -owner of cavetubing.com (Butts Up) and I highly recommend going on this tour-Cave Tubing and Ziplining! They took such good care of us!

Outside the terminal/pier we met our guide (not before some local woman told me “honey, when you get back I’ll fix those braids”! Haha! I braided my own hair that day cause I knew I wouldn’t want to mess with my hair- too funny!) and we boarded a large van which took around 12 of us on a hour ride into Belize, where we were led hiking into the jungle (Guns N Roses- Welcome to the Jungle 😂) seriously it was amazing- hiking this mud and rock trail in the middle of nowhere and you can’t see anything because of all the foliage and huge trees and palms!

It was all so green (our guide told us it is their dry season-rainy season is in the summer- but it rained almost all day so that struck me as funny) we are all wearing swimsuits and helmets with lights mounted on them (oh and I was wearing crocs! Haha we accidentally left our water shoes on the ship so we rented “pink crocs” for me to hike in-interestingly enough they work well there in the mud and water). We crossed a thigh deep river three times before we came to a big cave, I mean BIG CAVE!

Our local guide then tied 12 tubes together with rope and we set into a river that runs through this HUGE CAVE-it’s a national park-St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park (of course this is after I capsized my tube and almost drowned (in 18 inches of water with embarrassment) before setting off down the river! I do this kind of thing all the time- I’m not sure how I got this talent but it finds me at the most inopportune times 😂

We float down the river for about 40 minutes in almost complete darkness except for the lights on our helmets. The ceiling of the cave is dotted at times with bats in little holes- it’s seriously the most amazing cave I’ve ever seen. And then we float out to where we first crossed the river going in. We stored our tubes, hiked back a ways, and got shorts on to hike additionally to a spot for zip lining! I got all geared up and up I go- trying not to trip over all the straps hanging from my waist down to my knees (you know I could do that fairly easy)!

We got to the first platform and all of us- even young kids are panting cause we’ve hiked straight up it seems, but there’s a reward to this! We go down several lines to the highest and longest (1000 ft long) and that was my favorite! I was probably zipping along at what seemed like 30 mph and cruised over a river- my friends this was such a RUSH! I loved it! You should all go zip lining! Over a river! At breakneck speeds! 😂😂 I was giddy!

After two more lines we were done and hiked back to our van; then our guides took us to their main (jungle restaurant) where they gave us home made chicken tamales. It was such a fun experience! Check out Butts Up, you won’t be sorry 😍 here are some pictures of our adventures (taken through a water proof case, so not the best), I hope you enjoy! (Tour took us back to the tender and we went back to the ship on time)

My next blog post will tell you all about our stop at Roatan, Mahogany Bay, Honduras.