~Placencia Life~

We spent 2 weeks in Placencia visiting friends, eating at our favorite restaurants and relaxing! Here is a glimpse!

Karokee at the Placencia Hotel.

LandRover Graveyard.
Celebrating Scott’s Birthday with our Belize Family.
Rain storms from Tropical Storm Tom.
Airboat on the lagoon.
Mapping out our next move!

An Eventful but Uneventful few Days in Belize.

The last couple days have been fairly eventful. We crossed the border Into Belize,visited friends over night in Progresso (Northern Belize), drove 13 miles of pot hole laden gravel roads for an hour and a half, at 5 mph, picked & dropped a friend at the Belize City airport, camped in a Mennonite community in Central Belize, for free at the park, got some welding and maintenance done at a muffler shop, ate a banana split from the Mennonite dairy, drove to Southern Belize to our home for the next two weeks, a house on the Caribbean sea! I’m tired just writing all that! All in all it has been productive and lots of fun. The sea breeze is incredible tonight as we settle in for a welcome nights sleep.

Shopping the roadside stands!
On the Road in Belize!
Coming up with a plan to repair Bernard’s camper at Weibe’s Welding Shop in Spanish Lookout.
Welding shop at work!

 

Weibe’s Welding Shop in Spanish Lookout.
Lovin’ on a Banana Split at Western Dairies in Spanish Lookout!
One lane bridges that are old railroad bridges from the 50’s are all over the country!
Bill & Lisa Miller let us stay in their beach house in Maya Beach while they were in the States!
Saying goodbye to McKinley at the airport! Hate to see him go!

Borders, Ferries & Friends!

Phew! What a day! After a 2nd great night’s sleep camping on the way to the Mexico/Belize border, we ran some errands and then attempted to cross into Belize.

Our last night in Mexico at Yax-ha.
Our view from Yax-ha campsite in Chetumal.

Lo and behold, a Mexico aduana agent waved me down and asked for my vehicle permit. Since we had only driven to Cancun for a flight, it was not necessary, and I explained it to the agent. She wouldn’t allow it, and told us we had to park the truck and walk to customs office to buy a permit. In the office, I told them the situation, and they said, “you do not need a permit”. We were caught in the middle! Luckily, the agent went to bat for us, and called the other agent to give an ok. The first agent didn’t look too happy, but waved us through. Across the river to Belize!

Turning Point!
Daily exchange rates.
Had to park and go on foot to straighten out the issues!
Finally!!!!
The long process of Belize insurance….at least it has ac & friendly workers!

The rest of the day went smooth. Although we did drive a bumpy dirt road to a hand crank ferry leading to Progresso. Here we met our friends, and long time On the road in Belize contributors, Eric and Cherie. They were waiting for us on the other side, where we followed them to their wonderful home on the shores of the lagoon, for a feast of grilled BBQ chicken, corn, fresh bread, salad and beans! It was a spectacular meal! And even better company! They invited us to stay the night and we obliged! So much to see and do! It’s great to be back in Belize!

Waiting for the river ferry to Pregresso!
Getting the hand crank ferry moving!
Enjoying the river view from the ferry.
The ferry approaching.
The ride across the river. Our two trucks and 2 other pickups.
The Burson’s met us at the ferry!

Leaving the Burson’s oasis in Pergresso, Belize!

Reunited & it Feels Like Mexico!!

After a much anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed visit, with family back home, we are back! We spent a couple of weeks in Michigan celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary & Dylan’s high school graduation as well as a couple of weeks in Georgia taking care of business & visiting family!

We were greeted by Bernard and Tammy, who drove down from Tennessee to meet us in Cancun Mexico, (where are truck has been parked) to continue our trip South, all the way to the bottom of Argentina. Let’s get on the road!!  ~angela

Smallest Rental Car Ever!
Someone missed her home!
Sweetest friends ever!

 

Agua Calientes!  (Hot water falls)

We had another great experience at Auga Caliente in North East Guatemala. This is one of our favorite spots in Guatemala. It features a cool flowing river, providing the water supply to the small village for washing clothes, bathing, and recreation.

The unique part is the sulfur heated sauna like waters that come crashing over the edge of the waterfall. Words cannot describe the feeling of wading through the comfortably cool and refreshing river, to be met with the steamy hot water of the waterfalls!

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Ready for some Historic charm? Antigua!

Ahhhh Antigua! Possibly (most likely), our favorite city in all of Guatemala. There is so much to see and do here. Countless restaurants, coffee farms, historic churches, and buildings, entertainment, and cobblestone streets! This is a place you could move to or visit, experience history, modern amenities, and everything in between. We have been here 5 or 6 times, and each time is more fun than the last. We find something new each time.

Antigua streets

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We survived the first week in Mexico

Our first week in Mexico has been an adventure! We have experienced the mountains, jungles, and beaches. Temperatures are at both ends of the scale. It makes it fun to pack for!

Our first stop after climbing the rocks at El Potero Chico was a small town called Parras de la Fuente.

Parras de la Fuente
Parras de la Fuente

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Border crossing into Mexico!

We stayed at a nice campground on the U.S. side of the border called Casa Blanca in Laredo Texas. We took two nights to get prepared for the crossing, getting vehicles worked on, supplies purchased, valuables secured, etc.

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Casa Blanca Laredo

While checking all of the compartments, I found something strange. My power strip and flashlight had been melted! And the compartment door was blackened. Was there a fire? A battery explosion?

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Casualty power strip

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