Friday, March 31, 2017

3-31-2017 Friends Arrive & We Visit Altun Ha

Our friends from Indiana arrived for a visit to Belize, so we picked them up at the airport and headed to Altun Ha so they
could see a Mayan ruin. Eric took the picture, so here is Brian, Cara, Steve (the owner of the diner), JoEllen, Erin and Jessica.

Altun Ha was occupied from around 900 B.C. to 1000 A.D.

Structure B-4 Temple of Sun God

Climbing the Temple of Sun God

Eric waited at the bottom until everyone got up to the top so he could take a picture.

Hahaha - our group is the five people on the right, but the lady in black pants, white shirt and hat decided to wave for our
picture too, apparently.

Panorama from the top of the Temple of Sun God

One of many times we saw Brian in the role of "Photographer Dad"

There were a few busloads of tourists there when we first arrived, but after a bit we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

Inside the interpretive center is a nice aerial photo of the ruins.

Pretty flowers outside the interpretive center...

We had a quick bite at one of the restaurants by Altun Ha.

Brian bought coconut water and sugarcane from this guy. The coconut water was a hit - the sugarcane, not so much. Here the
guy is demonstrating how he makes a tool to keep the mosquitoes away.

On our way to the ferry to Caye Caulker we saw a boat being trailered, but what was the guy on to boat really supposed to be
doing? Holding something in place? Evening out the weight? (Because the boat was at a slight slant the other way...)

Just hitching a ride, I guess. Or maybe there just wasn't room for him in the truck.

We caught the ferry to Caye Caulker, checked into our hotel, then wandered over to Wish Willy's Grill for dinner. It's a
favorite of ours - great vibe, delicious food, and friendly people. (Someone happened to be having their 50th birthday party
there also, thus all the "50" banners.) After dinner we wandered around a little bit, but we all still went to bed early.

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