What an Unbelievable 24 Hours!

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Xanantanich Belize Mayan Ruins

What an Unbelievable 24 Hours!

Banana Bank Lodge BelizeDeb and I arrived at the  Banana Bank Lodge about 5:00 yesterday. It definitely fits into the category of eccentric lodging, but we LOVE it. We have a communal dinner at 6:30 with all the guests and happened to be seated by the owners last night, Carolyn (artist) and Bob (cowboy). I asked Carolyn what her inspiration for the buildings was. She replied, “I guess I wanted a Mediterranean castle feel. But drawing it and building it are two different things.”  Everyday I’ll tease you with more photos of the grounds!

Xanantanich Belize Mayan RuinsThis morning Mario, a Mayan guide, took us to Xunantunich, a Mayan ruin right next to the Guatamala border. It was AMAZING! What an experience to witness the breathtaking ruins of civilizations past!

Then we drove to go cave tubing. All of the caves here–about 250–have water running through them. We walked about a half hour until we entered the water and floated into the cave. It was other-worldly. The ceiling looked like another planet! Different colors, mostly lavender in the beginning. I had a powerful flashlight to shine. Increasingly there were beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that looked like artificial snow draped over the limestone. Then we rounded a corner and had a breathtaking view: craggy silhouettes of formations and in the middle sunlight breaking through which highlighted brilliant green fauna!!

Sadly, no pictures. Deb got an underwater camera at the pawnshop but couldn’t get it to work!!

Now we’re off to dinner again. I’ll report tomorrow.


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!