Hiking Ixpanpajul National Park, Guatemala!

The view a the fog cleared from one of the many suspension bridges!

We had an amazing experience our first full day in Guatemala. Up with the sun, at about 5:30,we got around and headed out for a mountain jungle hike. The humidity picked up, but the canopy of the jungle protected us from the sun. It was some of the best exercising we have done in a while. It was beautiful to capture the ray’s coming through the trees, see ornate, damp spider webs hanging in the trees, a spectacular view of the neighboring island of Flores, and breathing the fresh air! All said and done, we were back by 8:30, ready to start the day right after showers! It was so humid in the jungle! Gotta love living Life All Out!

Bright eyed and ready to get started!

There are 3.5 sq miles of dense jungle to explore with 6 suspension bridges over the jungle canopy! Although we did not see any animals on our hike we did see some bugs & spiders! During the night we did hear the infamous holler monkeys calling out high above our camp!

The fog/clouds are still clearing this early in the morning!
Sun rays shining down!
Happy Trails!
The humidity is starting to take a toll on us!
Jungle Spider!
Break time! Unless we were on a suspension bridge, we were hiking up hill!
The height & views were amazing!
Thank goodness we had well groomed trails!
Almost to the top of the mountain!

On the park grounds is also a finca (farm). Horses and donkey are allowed to roam the grounds & camp area. We were treated to the alpha donkey wrangling the horses! He was making all kinds of noise as he chased them thru our camp into the woods and back out then across the creek to where they finally came to a stop!

This old Deere has been put out to pasture!


Running the finca!
Our camp for the night. Sloppy mud and all.

This is one of our favorite places to camp near Flores! Our 3rd time here and I’m sure we will be back!

Guatemala Border Crossing meets Torrential Storm!

The day finally came when we could re-enter Guatemala! After being turned away in March because it was to soon for us to enter again with our truck papers (having just been there in January) we waited out our 3 months in Belize, a U.S. visit and Mexico. We were told in Februay when we tried to leave Belize that we were only gone one month of the required 3 months on our importation. If we wouldnt have turned it in when leaving Guatemala, all would have been fine. Slight delay in travel!

We stopped in Belmopan to fuel up first and met this adorable Mayan man who loved our truck & story. He wished us the best on our travels and welcomed us back in the future!

Such an interesting Man!
The busiest we have seen the Guate border crossing.
Quick money exchange before crossing
Always checking out the variety of trucks we cant get in the U.S.
The paper we’ve been waiting months to get!
Security at the Guatemala border
First stop! Celebrating the border crossing!

Once we were in Guatemala it was time to make a quick stop at the Sareta for ice cream! We were in a little hurry because we could see black storm clouds coming in. We made it back to the trucks just as the storm began. It was the worst storm we have driven in to this point! Tons of downed trees and water washing across the roads!

Trees down from the border to Flores!

Agua Caliente, Guatemala!

We always love the over night stop at Agua Caliente (hot water falls) just a short drive from Rio Dulce. The kids from the neighboring village always come to our campers to see what we’re up to, to sell us coconuts,banana pancakes, and play.

The kids selling Coco Water.
Bull fighting “Bernard Style”!

This time, they were treated to the antics of Bernard Barbour🤔, who imitated every kind of animals you can think of, chasing them around the campsite. They are such fun loving kids. Despite the communication barriers, every child just wants to know someone loves them, and will pay attention to them. Before it was over, we all got involved in acting out some type of animal, chasing them around.

The young girls, were infatuated with Angela’s bright toe nails, and sat on the camper steps, “petting” her nails and asking for theirs to be done.

Who buys the most stuff from the kids? A-Scott does
Amigo’s! Scott, Federico & Bernard!

Our favorite resident caretaker, and security guard is Our favorite resident caretaker & security guard is Frederico. He is 75 years old, and as spry as a 40 year old. He has lived on the river, at the waterfalls his whole life. He attributes his fantastic health to God, hiking, and swimming in the falls. He was thrilled to receive a special VIP tour of our campers as we shared bananas. He has the most Infectious smile, and laugh. He truly enjoys life. I’m pleased to call him a friend, and enjoy seeing him each time.


Low waters. We usually swim under the falls into the dark cave. Now exposed.

The waterfalls are absolutely magical! On this visit the water was down a bit and we could see the rock formation & caves we usually swim around. The river is very crisp, and powerful, while the waterfalls are hot and beautiful. The temperatures are fueled by the sulpheric gases from the volcanoes in the area. Some areas, will actually burn your skin, as it is so hot.

Soaking in the warm waters!
Enjoying the “in between” temp water – it was way to hot for me to stand under directly!
Full on “hot”water! Turns your skin bright red!

I managed to talk Bernard into braving the climb to the top of the waterfalls with me, where I introduced him to the mud bath that locals claim to rejuvenate your skin. The girls opted to forgo the mud and relax in the waters below.

Letting the mud soak in!
It just got Real!
River Creatures!
I think he liked the mud!

Island Breeze & the open Sea!

Silk Caye!

There is a place so amazing, that you can swim in the Caribbean sea, along side turtles, colorful fish, sting rays, and even Sharks! This place is located about 20 miles off the shores of Belize, along the barrier reef. This reef is the 2nd largest reef in the world, and offers the most spectacular views, and experiences imaginable. This is not a staged secured area where caged animals swim. This is the real sea, with real live sea creatures, in their natural habitat. You can imagine the initial apprehension, diving from the boat, into the middle of the unknown, knowing there are sharks and sting rays below. But, I am so glad we took the plunge!

We started the day off leaving Placencia pier with smooth waters in the bay, but as we rounded the point the water started getting rough. We were hitting swells that would make you come off your seat as we went airborne for what felt like minutes!

Our ride to the island!
Riding the wake on the Caribbean!

We managed to slide into the wake of a much larger boat taking out a group to dive. It was smoother in the wake, but still eventful!

Angela Snorkling!

We were all glad to see the island come into view after an hour of riding! Once we arrived on the island we took off to snorkel around the island while the crew prepared our lunch of BBQ chicken, potatoes, and slaw!  The snorkeling was smooth and easy and we seen lots of small colorful fish and coral the water.

He fits right in here.
Grilling Chicken for Lunch!
Island time!
Chatting with our new friends from Russia who are living in New Jersey now!
Angela taking a breather!
The Sting Rays just glide across the bottom.
So much to see!
Turtle Tag!
It was pretty creepy swimming with Sharks!
So many turtles; they were spectacular!
Ahhh the stingrays feel like puffy mushrooms!


The turtles were very active and playful.
Flight of the Turtle!
These are Loggerheads!
I got in the thick of it!
Come See!!
Finished with his afternoon snack of lobster.

The lobster fisherman will go out to sea for as long as a week at a time and live on the boat or small islands. Two fisherman go in the water at a time. One will swim down to about 90 ft and grab up the lobsters. The second guy is there to pull him up in case he runs out of breathe. Once they have the catch for the day they sit and clean the lobsters on the boats discarding the remains into the ocean. Other sea life come in to feast! We were also told to be careful to leave our flippers on because the turtles will nip at your feet thinking they are conch!

Notice the toothbrushes & paste! Good hygiene is even important on the open sea!
Relaxing after a long day!

~Placencia Life~

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

Hanging out at Swan Villas!
Evening swim with my Baby!
Camping on the lake in Spanish Lookout!
Our Wacky Friend Becky from Louisiana!
Our new Lagoon Front property!
Our Scooter. We sold to Becky, who was ecstatic!!
Gettin’ Down at Karokee!
Karokee at the Placencia Hotel.
Our new Belize Wheels! Prime Minister Price’s old 1992 Defender!
Birds eye view of Placencia Peninsula
Touring the construction of Itz’ana
LandRover Graveyard.
Celebrating Scott’s Birthday with our Belize Family.
Rain storms from Tropical Storm Tom.

Saying goodbye to McKinley at the airport! Hate to see him go

Mapping out our next move!