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Wednesday, 6 February 2008 Hello everyone, this is my Blog page, be sure and read all the comments that are left, and please feel free to reply, and or make your own comments. This is also where you will find my comments . Tasha and I arrived in San Ignacio on Saturday, 25 August, we arrived in the middle of the day. After I arrived I went into partnership with David's adventure Tours and started construction of a new cabana at David's camp ground known as "El Guacamayo". The construction process has been slow, but we are nearing completion and the new cabana should be ready by the end of February, 2008. I now have internet access and will post to this Blog on a regular basis, and will post pictures of the progress of the new cabana. Be sure and check the photo album, . God bless you all. Larry Posted by larrywellington at 12:01 AM MST Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2008 5:02 AM MST Post Comment | View Comments (170) | Permalink | Share This Post Comments Page Wednesday, 18 July 2007 - 4:38 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good evening friends, Greetings from Mexico, we arrived at our first destination Ciudad Victoria at 4:30 this evening. We fought heavy rain and wind all the way from South Padre Island, TX. to this beautiful town located at the foothills of the Madre Oriental mountains. Not sure of name of the mountain range, but it is beautiful to look at. We crossed the border about 12:00, and headed south, about 12:30 we were stopped by the local police for doing 50 in a 40 zone, however all the other traffic was doing 50-60 KPH, but I had CO. Plates on the truck, not Mexican plates, that is what made the difference. it took $100.00 US to buy him off, that has to be a full months pay for the officer, Oh well, live and learn. Having a wonderful time, BB is great company and a pleasure to have along. In spite of the weather the trip has been a lot of fun and very interesting, we plan to spend the day here tomorrow and check out the sites and points of interests Be sure and check out the 4 pictures I uploaded, and remember, we are thinking of you all and miss you all. In Gods name, Larry & BB Reply to this Comment Friday, 20 July 2007 - 7:28 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Buenos Noches amigo's, Lita and I arrived at our second destination in Mexico, San Luis Potosi, MX. We left Victoria this morning about 10:30, and arrived here around 5 PM, I say around because for the first hour we were hoplessly lost, the town is 625 K population and very large. we stopped and asked a cab driver for directions, and he got us fairly close, but still no Hotel, next we asked an elderly gentelman on the street, and he gave us detailed directions, of course neither BB or I understood a word he said, so we were still lost. Next we saw two police cars stopped alongside the road giving assistance to a motorist who's car had broken down. when we asked the police for directions they were very helpfull, and said that when they finished with there present task, they would help us. With no doubt, the only english the police officer knew he looked at us and waved and said " Follow Me", and with red lights flashing, we were off, Thank God he led us, because it was about three miles to the hotel from where we were. Ironically, we were with-in about 6 blocks about an hour earlie The drive from Victoria was absolulely beautiful, the mountains we went through were very heavely forested and were majestic to say the least, I would guess that we went from about 1000 feet to about 3500 feet elevation. it took 4 hours plus to make the 200 mile drive but it was very enjoyable. We plan on spending about three days in this area before heading for the Yucatan, and the down to Belize, there are many historical sites to visit in this area and we plan on seeing as many as possible. I will upload some pictures of our trip up here and of this area tomorrow, so be sure and check them out. Have a great day and know that we are safe and miss you all. May God bless and keep us all Larry and Lita Reply to this Comment Saturday, 21 July 2007 - 8:44 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Buenos Noches all, What a day today turned out to be, This morning BB and I started out looking for a local restaurant to have breakfast, and we found just such a place, the food was what the local populace eats, and it was very good. After breakfast we started looking over the city of S.L. Potosi, we went looking for the local tourism board to try and get a map of the city that would allow us to drive to out lying areas. The information we got from them was limited and not of much help, so we started looking around for a book store to see if we could get a decent map, while we were in the book store asking about the map a man was there and he started a conversation with us, it turns out that he is the news anchor for the local television station channel 13, Enrique Mendioza. We talked with him for about 30 minutes, and he took us to see some of the local sites, and he also took us to the state tourism board where we got three decent maps of the area. He than told us about the area that he was raised in, and about an old mining town near SL Potosi, after much discussion, I asked him if he would like to go to this town, and he said yes, The town, San Pedro is an abandoned town that has twenty people still living there, we spent about 4 hours up there with Enrique as our personal guide, he brought his two children with him, and we had a very informative tour. He was so willing to share with us his pride in his town, it made for a wonderful day. I am still not able to upload photo's, the internet connection at this hotel is very poor. Have a great day, and may God bless you all. Larry and Brendy Reply to this Comment Sunday, 22 July 2007 - 8:25 PM MDT Name: "Kelli Veit-Gautreau" Larry~! So glad to read the updates and know that things are going well for you on your journey! Cant wait to see more PICTURES tho of the both of you .. Such an adventure you are on! Gene says "HI" too!! Kelli Veit-Gautreau Reply to this Comment Monday, 23 July 2007 - 5:09 PM MDT Name: larrywellington Home Page: http://www.larrywellington.com Good evening all, We left SL Potosi late this morning and drove across the mountains to Ciudad Valles, about a 4 hour drive. There are waterfalls in this area we wanted to check out, also there are some ruins we wanted to look over. We may be here for just the night or we may stay two nights. The hotel we are in is a very nice hotel, probably the nicest one of the bunch so far, also the most expensive of the bunch. Chuck, you would have gone down the road to another spot, but the other hotels all seemed to be full, this is vacation time in Mexico, and a lot of families are here. When we leave here we are heading for the Gulf Coast and then head south towards the Yucatan, and then on to Belize. Having a good time, Brendy and I doing very well, except yesterday I had a problem with Diarrhea , and had to buy some Pepto but all seems Okay now. May God bless you all, know that we are thinking about you, Brendy's computer is down, she picked up a virus from an email, so she is struggling with her e mail so friends of BB, she has not forgotten you, just can't get her computer to work properly, Chip, you will have a job to do when we return, it was a hacker using the E-Card pretext. Leisha, I tried to Skype you this AM, so check your history, and you should be able to talk with your Mom on my computer. hopefully the Internet here will be better that it was in SLP. Lots of Love to everybody, BB and Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 25 July 2007 - 6:08 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good morning everybody, We left Ciudad Valles yesterday morning and drove to Vera Cruz, arrived quite late, around 8:30-9:00 PM, had a hard time finding a Hotel, every one was booked for the week, this is holiday month in Mexico. We finally found one, the Gran Hotel Diligencias, it is a "AAA" 5 star rated hotel, very nice accomodations, right across the street from the town square. The drive took about 8 hours and we are both exhausted. our plan is to be in the Yucatan for the weekend so we need to have another long day of driving. In Mexico, if you average 25 MPH you are doing well, most of the roads here are rural roads that pass through every small town along the way and speed limits in most towns is as slow as 20 Kph or about 15 MPH. many speed bumps along the roads in towns, and they will shake your teeth if you are going over 1-2 Kph. Hope to have some more pictures on the web page later this morning, have not had a chance to take any from Vera Cruz. Plan on spending the morning looking the town over before heading south. All is well so far, God Bless everyone. Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 25 July 2007 - 8:52 AM MDT Name: "Leish" Hi Larry and Mommiedoodles! I'm glad y'all are doing well.Â I'm in Seattle this week til Friday - training Whole Foods and other stores - fun! It's such a beautiful city!Â And seagulls fly through the tall buildings, squawking the whole way - they don't even notice the buildings in their way!Â Â I'm emailing you, Mommy - Sorry to hear bout your 'puter - that ole CHip will have to fix that bad boy when you get back!Â I will check to see if Larry's online now (skype).Â Â I'm off to my fun weekend in Portland on Friday - Devz is gonna come meet me Friday night - I'm sooooo looking forward to that!Â ANd to the 4+ hour drive from Seattle to Portland - it's supposed to be just gorgeous!Â I just might leave a little earlier Friday morning and drive along the coast so I can get some ocean therapy on my way --- we'll see... K, love you both so much!Â Huuuuuugz... =) Leish Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 25 July 2007 - 5:45 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Greetings all, We decided to spend the entire day in Vera Cruz, we walked about the historic old town area, and went to the Museo de Ciudad Vera Cruz, it is the history museum for the city, they also had a show of weapons of torture used during the early years of the world, talking the early 1500 to 1900 years. We then went to the Aquarium, it is located with-in a shopping center, we were both a little disappointed with it, it had a good display of fish, but was small and crowded. We found a Laundromat where we could have our clothes washed and folded, we had to leave them overnight, you cannot do your own laundry, the price was right however, it cost me 99 pesos for 4.3 kilo's, that's $10.00, and all I had to do was drop it off and go back in the morning and pick it up. We plan on leaving Vera Cruz tomorrow after we pick up our laundry and head south, not sure just how far we will go, but we need to drive about 7-8 hours tomorrow, I seem to be losing ground on my scheduled time frame. We have been on the road in Mexico for 8 days now, and are about 1/2 way through the country, I need at least a week in Belize before I head back to the U.S. Have a great day, and may God bless you all Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 26 July 2007 - 8:00 AM MDT Name: "Peter Vranesh" Larry, Hey! Just checking up on the site to see how things are going. I doubt that I'll be able to make much progress until the weekend though. Sounds like you are having a good time though. Seez ya! Peter Reply to this Comment Thursday, 26 July 2007 - 7:05 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good Evening all, We left Vera Cruz this morning after picking up our laundry, we left about 10:00 AM, we drove south to the delightful town of Villa Hermosa, we are staying at the Choice Hotel Cencali. we arrived around 5:30. It has been raining and quite hard at times, so we have not done any sightseeing, maybe tomorrow before we head up the Yucatan towards Campeche, that is going to be our next stop. From there we plan on touring the Yucatan and spend at least a day at the Chichen Itza ruins. From there we will head south into Belize. Things are going good, no problems and the weather has for the most part been very good to us, heavy rains today, and heavy rains going into Mexico, but mostly clear other than that. I will try and give you some additional information tomorrow. God Bless you all Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 27 July 2007 - 7:50 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good Evening all, BB and I left Villa Hermosa this morning and took a leisurely drive up the Yucatan coast to the beautiful town of Campeche, we drove past many beautiful white sand beaches with turquoise water, what a beautiful sight it was. Campeche is a very old community dating back to the pre Mayan era, it has cobblestone streets, with the buildings right up to the road, very narrow sidewalks and it seems that all the building are freshly painted in pastels, the streets are spotless, with no trash to be seen anywhere. That is very unlike the rest of Mexico. The people here have a great deal of pride in what their city looks like. I will have some pictures tomorrow of the town. Tonight BB and I walked down to the gulf, and walked along their seawall, very relaxing. We hoped to see their renowned sunset, but the weather did not cooperate, it was rainy just before the sunset, and then very cloudy so it obscured to sunset. All is well with both of us, having a very good time. May God bless you all BB & Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 28 July 2007 - 5:21 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Hi Everybody, We arrived at Chichen Itza this afternoon around 3 PM, short days drive. We checked into our hotel and then spent the afternoon swimming and drinking margarita's by the pool. Our trip so far has exceeded our expectations. During our trip we have gone through at least 10 military check points, have had to show our visa for the truck at least three times. It is a little intimidating when you approach a check point to see a dozen military men with automatic weapons waiting for you to approach. I do not speak sufficient Spanish to talk with them, and they do not speak English, so a lot of sign language takes place. With what little Spanish I speak we have so far avoided the truck being taken away from us and out belongings are still with us. At pool side today Brendy made friends with a 6 year old from Mexico City, he was fascinated with Brendy and really took to her. She was very pleased to talk and play in the pool with him. His parents were very friendly and enjoyed the attention she gave the boy. Tomorrow we will visit the Mayan ruins and take lot's of pictures, I will post them on the web page tomorrow night. We will leave for Belize on Monday, and if we get to the border at a decent time, we will cross over then, if not, we will stay in Chatumal and cross on Tuesday, going through customs and immigration will take quite a while, and I do not want to drive down to Corozal at night time. Have a great evening, and I will add to this comment tomorrow. Larry and BB Reply to this Comment Sunday, 29 July 2007 - 4:20 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Greetings all:..... Today we toured Chichen Itza....."At the brim of the well where the wise men of the water live": In the Mayan language this is "Chichen Itza" This is a quote from the Archaeological Guide for this most awe inspiring site. It is difficult to put into words the feeling you get when you look upon structures the were built in 800 AD. The mystical feeling that pervades the air is very apparent. I will upload several pictures of the site for your enjoyment, but first I need to add commentary to the photo's so you will understand what you are looking at. Tomorrow we will be leaving for Belize, from all I have heard it is about a 5 hour drive, so I should be able to cross into Belize in the afternoon. Looking forward to seeing my new home again. Take care all, may God bless and keep us all. Larry & BB Reply to this Comment Monday, 30 July 2007 - 6:34 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Hello All, We arrived in Belize this afternoon at 2 PM, we are staying at Tony's inn, Corozal, we will be here at least one night, possibly two, it depends on what I find while here. We will drive down to San Ignacio after we leave Corozal. The primary purpose of stopping in Corozal is to look at a small hotel that is for sale in town. Also, I want to check out rental property while here. When we get to San Ignacio I will also look for a rental and or purchase of some sort of business property. All went well on our trip down, $24.00 exit tax from Mexico/ I did not have to pay any duty on the personal belongings I brought into the country, or at least not directly, we were escorted through customs by the first entrance person, they sprayed the truck for insects ?? at least that is what they say. then I had to buy Belize auto insurance, one week $29.00 Belize, that's 14.50 U.S. The first guy said that he would act as our guide through Immigration and customs, but that he charged a fee, when I asked his fee, he said that until he works, he does not know the fee.!!! Bells kind of of went off,!!!.... but I said OK. He talked us through the customs and Immigration people with out any inspection at all, and his fee was $50.00 U.S. I think that in the grand scheme of things it was cheap, because I should have paid about 10% of the value of the goods I had on board. In my estimation that would have been about $200.00, so I think I am ahead of the game ??????. I will post some pictures tomorrow, the Internet service here at the hotel is very poor and I am not even sure I will be able to post this comment. May God bless you all. Larry & BB Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 1 August 2007 - 10:24 AM MDT Name: "Peter/Lisa" Go Larry go. You can do it!! Don't take any wooden peso's. And whatever you do, not drink the water Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 1 August 2007 - 1:43 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Hello everybody, Assuming anybody is looking at this web site, BB and I left Corozal this morning and drove down to San Ignacio, Cayo district of Belize. It is a mountain area near the Guatemala border in central Belize. We are staying at the San Ignacio Hotel, by far the most expensive of all the hotels we have stayed at so far, but it is one of the nicest ones. I have had email contact with a realtor in the town, and will try and find his office this afternoon and start looking for a place to live. We have been very lucky with the weather so far, no rain at all since we arrived in Belize, and this is supposed to be the rainy season. High Speed is very sporadic in Belize, the last place it was almost non existant, and here I had to sign up with the local Telephone company for service, not too bad a price, $16:50 Belize for 24 hours service. I guess that is the price you have to pay to stay connected. I will post some pictures tonight. May God bless you all. Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 2 August 2007 - 7:34 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Greetings all. BB and I spent the day looking at property, I am here to tell you, house shopping in Belize is very different than in the USA, I have never seen a bunch of houses that are no where near ready to be shown to the public than I have seen today. I would have been embarrassed for anybody to look at my house the way the houses looked today, laundry strewn around on all the furniture, dirty dishes in the sink, and nothing picked up an put away, beds not made, and the list goes on and on. Maybe I should have left my house looking like that and I would still be in Fort Collins, I wish.... I found one place, they are asking 35K US., I am going to offer them 20K US and see what happens, I figure that in order to make it look good I would need to spend another 20K. I will see what happens. The house sits on top of a hill overlooking most of San Ignacio, it has a good breeze blowing nearly all the time and has a fantastic view, If I get it I would move in right away and start working on it. and I sold all my tools...Oh well.....I will post a picture of it tonight. Hope everybody is well, May God bless and keep you. Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 4 August 2007 - 6:30 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good Morning all. What a day yesterday was, BB and I, along with her friend David, drove into Guatemala to visit the Tikal Mayan ruins. To say that they are magnificent would be an understatement. I was expecting something on the line of what I saw at Chichen Itza, which was awe inspiring, But when I saw the enormity of Tikal it was absolutely breath taking. Chichen Itza was a small town, where Tikal was a Hugh metropolis. The site is massive with at least 6 large temples, while some of the buildings were restricted, you could climb the others. Brendy and I climbed up three of the temples, the most spectacular being the "Temple of the Sun", it sits on top of a high hill and then towers I would guess about 300 feet above the top. You can only climb to about the 3/4 mark, but the view was fantastic from this point. Climbing this ruin was via a wooden ladder that was nearly straight up, the angle was less than 10 degrees so that in it's self was a daunting task but well worth the effort once up on top. The other two buildings we climbed were not nearly as high, but breathtaking never the less. The tallest ruin was blocked off and you could not climb on it. We drove my truck into Guatemala, it was 150 miles round trip. The roads leave much to be desired in Guatemala, few paved roads, and those that were had more pot holes than you could avoid. It was a very rough trip to the ruins. Crossing into Guatemala was an adventure, and I don't think that I would want to do it alone, David is very well known by all the border guards, He owns a business called "David's Adventure Tours" and he crosses into Guatemala at least two times a week, he smoothed out many of the difficulties. The language was the biggest difficulty, although they speak Spanish, it was a slightly different tongue than Brendy was used to. It is a mixture of Mayan and Spanish. I will post some pictures today. God bless you all Larry and BB Reply to this Comment Sunday, 5 August 2007 - 8:40 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Sunday 8/05/07 9:30 PM Good evening all. I left San Ignacio this morning at 8 AM, we drove back across the Yucatan to Villahermosa. We just arrived. On my way back to Fort Collins, hope to be in Texas by tuesday, and in Ft. Collins by Thursday. I have not as yet found a place to call home, but I do have a commitment to rent a home when I return to Belize, I have placed my stuff in storage at a friend's house, and he has promissed me the rental. I plan on spending about a week back in Fort Collins before returning to Belize. Have a great day, More later Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 5 August 2007 - 11:23 PM MDT Name: "Miller" Hello Larry, Just a note to say, I have read your entries and am caught up now with your travels. Hope your return trip is as scheduled for you. Sounds like it will definitely be a lot quicker. Bye - B & J Reply to this Comment Monday, 6 August 2007 - 10:44 AM MDT Name: "Peter Vranesh" Larry, Hey! Glad that things are going okay for you. Still no real news on a good alternative for your site though. So far everything I've seen has it's own quirks and oddities making them no better than the current setup. I'll keep looking though. Peter Reply to this Comment Monday, 6 August 2007 - 6:39 PM MDT Name: "Karen & Rick Bennett" Hi Larry, Do you still have your copy of "Cordovita" that Richard sent to you last year? Our ancester was from Guatemala. I didn't realize you were going to be so close. It could be fun to explore some of that part of the world that we came from! I love your blog, what a great trip you have had so far. Hope Tasha adapts to Belize. Just remember that rabies is out of control south of the border! You both will need rabies vaccinations! Does Bendy's daughter spend a lot of time in Seattle? Michele lives there now. Maybe they could hook up and get acquainted. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 7 August 2007 - 10:50 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" 08/06/07 Greetings all, Brendy and I left Villahermosa this morning around 8 AM, it is now 12:30 PM and we are approaching Vera Cruz, hope to make it to at least Tuxpan before calling it quits for the day, yesterday's 13 hour drive took it's toll on both of us, and I don't want a repeat today, Tuxpan is about another 300 Km past Vera Cruz. It has been raining quite hard for the past hour and a half, with no signs of it letting up so that slows us down quite a bit. I started driving this morning and drove for 3.5 hours, Brendy started driving when the rain started, so our speed has been greatly reduced, from an average of 80 Km PH to 50 Km PH. Yesterdays drive turned out the same way, heavy rains in the afternoon, we think that it may be the tropical depression we heard about while we were in Belize. Need to stop in Vera Cruz and try and cash some travelers checks, it is very hard to get businesses to accept T.C.'s, they don't like them, and the Banks in Belize charge a fee to cash them. Next time I will probably carry cash, that seems to be the only thing that is readily accepted. We arrived in Tuxpan about 6:30 PM, we never did get to cash travelers checks in Vera Cruz, and the restaurant here would not accept them. I am still running short of Peso's, however I will be out of Mexico tomorrow night, I hope, and will not need them until I return to Belize. The hotel we are staying at does not have internet access, so I will be posting this when we get back to the states. May God bless you all Larry and BB Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 7 August 2007 - 10:51 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Tuesday, Aug.7th. Brendy and I left Tuxpan at 6 AM this morning hoping to make the Texas border while it is still light, our map say that the drive from Tuxpan to Matamoros is 11 hours. The weather this morning is much better than the past two days, the sun is shining with partly cloudy skies, the temperature is around 95 degrees, we did run into a small rain shower about 30 minutes after we left the hotel but it only lasted a few minutes. We have been through three military check points so far, and they have waived us through with out a hitch. Yesterday at one stop, they checked our luggage, Brendy's back packs and even our ice chest. Right now it is 1 PM and we just passed a sign that said Matamoros, 300 Km, so we are making good time, we are averaging about 90 Km PH so we should be there around 4-5 PM. not many little towns along this route so we aren't being slowed very much, hopefully it will stay that way for the duration. More later. We crossed over the border into Texas at 5:30 PM, we both were happy to be back in the states. We felt good enough to continue on to Wimberley, and arrive here at 1145 PM, that made for an eighteen hour day. I will leave Wimberley in the morning and head for CO. I expect that I will be there late on Thursday. Have a great day. Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 9 August 2007 - 5:09 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Greetings all, I left Wimberley, and Brendy this morning at 9 AM, I stopped in Big Spring and visited with Barbara Hall, Roxann was out of town so I didn't get to talk with her. I am now heading to Amarillo, expect to spend the night there. Thursday, 08/09 I spent the night in Amarillo, TX. and will be leaving in a few minutes for FC. Hope all is well with everybody. Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 12 August 2007 - 7:30 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Good Morning all, I hope you all are well, I am sorry I have not kept you up to date on my location. I arrived back in Fort Collions on Thursday at 3:30, that was after a hard 5 day drive of 10-11 hour days, it took me two days to recover. I plan on leaving Fort Collins on Wednesday with Tasha, and I plan on a 7 day trip back down. I will do my best to keep you posted on the trip down. Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 12 August 2007 - 2:42 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry Just caught up on your bloggings. What a trip! I would have loved to have seen the ruins. The pictures are fantastic. I am glad you are in Ft Collins though. You seem a lot closer. I had an e-mail this morning from Vicky that was forwarded by Richard. Roy went into the hospital yesterday. No definitive diagnosis yet, they aren't finished with all the tests. But Vicky said that it is either related to his slow heart rate or it could be be a TIA. Remember Mom had one. They are a warning sign of a possible stroke. Vicky will let us know what the doctors have to say, but probably won't be until tomorrow. I'll let you you as soon as I know something. By the way, where are you staying in Ft. Collins? Take care. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Monday, 20 August 2007 - 6:07 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry Your worry wart little sister her. Last I heard you were near San Antonio and planning on crossing into Mexico today. I hope you haven't done so. News for Belize is not good. Dean is expected to arrive tomorrow, Tuesday. According to CNN they are evacuation in Mexico and Belize. They say they do not have buildings in Belize that withstand a catagory 5. Please post and let me know you are somewhere safe. Karen Reply to this Comment Monday, 20 August 2007 - 6:11 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Sunday, 19 Aug. 8 PM Hi all, well, this is my second day on the road back to Belize, I left Fort Collins on Saturday at 1045 AM, I reached Amarillo Texas at 9 PM, the hotel I stayed at was supposed to have wireless internet but it did not work so I could not post any comment for that day. I then drove to San Antonio and found out that the government has most of the hotel rooms booked for the emergency workers that they have sent to TX in case hurricane Dean turns north into Texas. Tasha and I continued our trek south and found a motel about 30 miles south of San Antonio that had available rooms so Tasha and I are staying here, but, they do not have internet access so I won't be able to post until maybe tomorrow when I hope to be in Mexico. I am about three hours from the border and I hope to cross around noon and then head south as fast as I can. The hurricane is going to be a threat to the mainland on Wednesday, and I should be at the south end of the Yucatan by then and the brunt of the storm should be well to my north and won't be a problem for me. And, if it does turn north that will be all the better for me. Tasha is traveling very well, she sleeps most of the time I am driving, and she gets out of the truck each time I stop for gas or whatever and snoops around. She seems to like sleeping in a hotel, she has her own bed to sleep on. Tasha and I did stop in Big Spring and had a chance to visit with Roxann Rich, we visited for about an hour, and Roxann being the hostess she is, baked cookies for me and made a pot of coffee while we visited. Thank You Roxann, you are appreciated. I hope all is well with everyone, we are safe and secure, and I will post as soon as I can. May God bless and keep everybody. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Monday, 20 August 2007 - 6:12 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Monday, 20 Aug. 1830 PM Hi All, I crossed the border at 1130 this morning, things went without a hitch, all the leg work I did to make sure I had all the necessary paper work for Tasha did not seem to be needed, when I asked what I needed for her they said,.. Nothing... so I just went on through. Tasha is taking the trip fairly well, but I can tell she is getting tired of being in the truck all day long, she sleeps most of the time with her head on my leg or lap, which ever she can reach. The weather so far has been just fine, I am in Tampico, Mexico, about a third of the way down Mexico's gulf coast, I hope to be past Vera Cruz by tomorrow night, that will put me south of the expected path of Hurricane Dean, and then I will head east across the southern part of the Yucatan. With any luck I should be in Belize by Wednesday night, I may stay in Corozal the first night and then drive down to San Ignacio. I have not seen any evacuation actions in my drive down, so far the highways have been empty, or at least very light traffic, nobody seems to be concerned with the storm. Tasha and I are both worn out and ready for a good nights sleep, I may go have dinner yet tonight, I haven't had dinner per se` yet, and almost no breakfast, so it is beginning to get to me, but when you are as tired as I am, food is just not important. Anyway, things are OK with Tasha and I, May God bless you all Us. T & L Reply to this Comment Monday, 20 August 2007 - 6:25 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi all, This is my second post tonight, My little sister is worried that I may be in some sort of danger, I understand the intensity of the hurricane bearing down on Belize and the Yucatan, however, you need to understand that the predictions are that although the hurricane is a cat. 5, once it crosses the Yucatan it will be downgraded to a cat.2, but that does not matter, I will be south of the storm by tomorrow night,(Tuesday) and the storm is not expected in Mexico until at least Wednesday or Thursday, by that time I will be at the south end of the Yucatan and heading down into Belize, what ever damage is done by the storm will be my only problem, and I doubt that San Ignacio is going to be affected by the storm. I am not being stupid about this trip, I have watched and studied all the information I have been able to obtain. Tonight when I checked into my Hotel I asked what they were doing to get ready and the reply was... Why ?? they are not worried about what has not yet happened. God Bless you all and may God keep us safe. Tasha and me Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 5:30 AM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, Because the storm has hit so much further south than originally thought, I am going to stay put in Tampico for a few days, I wish that I was in a nicer hotel than I am although this one is not that bad, there is nobody else here so the restaurant isn't geared up for serving food, last night when I went for dinner I could only have one chicken dish, and it was in the freezer along with all the trimmings, I can just imagine what breakfast will be like. Tasha and I are safe and sound. Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 5:32 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Larry, glad to see your updates and that you are taking my advice and hunkering down for just a little bit. Hope the food situation improve at your hotel. I guess they didn't plan on some crazy gringo traveling in Mexico while a Cat. 5 hurricane rages across the reagion! I finally printed out a map of Belize and imagine my surprise (and disappointment) to find out that you are hundreds of miles from the beach! I was counting on my brother having a beach front condo for me to visit! Inquiring minds want to know, what is the appeal of San Ignacio! Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 6:18 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Good evening all, Today has been a beautiful day in Tampico, clear skies and mild breezes, a person could not have asked for a better day, it made me think that maybe, just maybe I had made the wrong decision not to proceed south towards Vera Cruz. This evening the clouds have built up, and the winds have increased, nothing spectacular, but an increase in both none the less. I would guess that the wind speed is in the range of 8-10 mph steady with gusts to 12-15. like I said, nothing spectacular but noticeable none the less. I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow morning to decide if my decision was correct or not, but I think I made the right decision, the storm has been downgraded to a category 1, not much more than a strong breeze, but I am comfortable with my decision of this morning nonetheless. The reports from here are sketchy, I have to rely on CNN, and they don't have reporters located where I am, or where I am going so I am not getting the news need, I know that Chetumal was hard hit, but very little about Belize and Corozal Town, and I had planned on spending the night in Corozal. I did receive an email from my realtor in San Ignacio, he said that they escaped much damage, very little rain and only a little strong winds, no damage that he could tell. I plan on staying here tonight and tomorrow night, and heading south on Thursday, my only concern will be the roads, will they be clear ??. Anyway, Tasha and I are fine, she found out today that chasing a coconut around the grounds was a lot of fun, we played catch with them for about two hours, wore her out I did. May God bless and keep you all. Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 6:33 PM MDT Name: "Larry" Hi Sis, If you meant that 60 miles was a lot, than you are right, however the beauty of the mountains more than make up for that, AND, Dean just showed that the beach was not necessarily the place to be during the rainy season. The mountain area of San Ignacio is a beautiful place to call home, and, I can be at the best of beaches with-in two hours. Also, I am not following your suggestion, just my intuition about the storm. Love you, Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 7:14 PM MDT Name: "The Munros" Larry, Is the hurricane giving you any trouble??? Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 7:18 PM MDT Name: "The Munros" Hi Larry, Disregard that last comment. I didn't scroll down far enough. Glad to hear you and Tasha are safe and sound. Jim Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 10:00 PM MDT Name: "Brice & Jeanne" Home Page: http://Larry Wellington Greetings Larry and Tasha, Just caught up on your travels and the storm situation. Thank the Lord you two are doing great. Glad you did stop for a couple days and get some of that needed rest, too. It has been hot here. Brice is off to Grand Junction for some meetings and to bring us back some of those delicious peaches. Sunday, I started making some bread and butter pickles. Haven't done any for awhile. They do take 10 days from start to finish. Remind me when you are back and I'll give you a jar. You continue to take care and know that you are being prayed for lots. Hugs, J Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 22 August 2007 - 7:36 AM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Good Morning all, Well, this is D-day, "Dean", according to the local and national reports, Dean is expected to make landfall at a point between Vera Cruz and Tuxpan, this is about 150 miles from where I am, so, I really don't anticipate any excitement in my location. It was raining pretty hard at 4 AM, until about 6 AM, now the skies are cloudy but no wind, only a slight breeze. in fact for just a few minutes the sun made a brief appearance before going behind clouds once again. Tasha is happy, she was able to get out to do her duty, now she is chewing on a rawhide bone she got from Roxann. I anticipate that I will be leaving first thing in the morning and heading south towards Vera Cruz, hoping to make it to Villahermosa before night fall, that should be about 11 hours of driving, I think that this is about 626, miles from here, I measure 1000 KM, not sure if I will get that far, but will try, I need to get past Vera Cruz before quitting for the day. I will try and update you all when I get to the end of the day tomorrow, not sure if I will find a hotel with internet, that is something that only upper class hotels offer, I was very surprised when I saw that this hotel had it. God Bless and keep you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 22 August 2007 - 4:51 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" I imagine you haven't heard but Dean came ashore at Vera Cruz. Cat 2, winds topping 100 mph. I imagine getting updates is hard. The roads along the coast will be the big problem-storm surge in sime areas has been high. I'll see if I can find some real solid info. Reply to this Comment Thursday, 23 August 2007 - 2:15 PM MDT Name: "Kathy and Clyde Ramdwar" Hi BB and LW: Great to read your comments. Clyde and I went to Panama for five weeks and then went to Rosarito Beach, Mexico - just 30 minutes over the border from San Diego. We really liked that area of Mexico and are thinking of moving there for a year to "try it out". We sold the house in Florida and will go there tomorrow from Seattle for the closing on 9/7. We have also put the Oregon Coast house on the market for sale too. You sound like you both are having a wonderful "adventure". Will visit here frequently to read your latest "updates" - especially in view of the inclement weather in that part of the world. May the Lord keep you both safe. Love, Kathy and Clyde Reply to this Comment Thursday, 23 August 2007 - 5:05 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry Wondering where you are and what you are encountering and if you can access the internet. Hope you haven't had problems with washed out roads etc. Woul love to hear from you. Karen Reply to this Comment Friday, 24 August 2007 - 8:47 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Me" Hi All. Well, it started raining about 10 AM, it rained very hard for about 30-45 min's., then I heard an explosion and the lights went out, I think that a transformer got too wet and blew, not likely that the Mexican power company will be out today to fix the problem, so I will most likely be in the dark all day, I know that some people would say," What's new about that", but this time it is actual. The power came back on about 1:30, it turned out that it was a problem here at the hotel, not with the power company, however they have lost their internet connectivity so I still cannot connect. I went out to look for a bank to buy some Pesos, I found three but they were all closed, I assume it is because of the hurricane, and they didn't want their people out during the event, even though it turned out not to be much of an event. Thursday 5 AM. Hi again, I am all packed and ready to head down the road, still no internet so I will post when I have the chance. No further action from Dean, it was a pleasant night, light breezes and no rain, looking forward to what the day has to offer. I arrived in Cardenas, Tabasco State at 10:30 PM, been driving since 5:30 this morning, Tasha was beginning to become spastic staying in the truck for that long a time, I was also, I am about 45 miles north of Villahermosa, I just couldn't drive any more, in fact, I stopped twice with the plan of sleeping in the truck except it is too hot outside for that, then I checked two hotels and they were full, then I found this gem, $27.00 a night, A/C and TV, what more can a man & dog ask, at least we will be cool, I plan on sleeping until at least 8 AM, and then head for Belize, this will be my last stop in Mexico. The trip down was depressing to say the least, about 75 miles north of Vera Cruz, in an area they call " Costa Esmeralda", The Emerald Coast, the damage was amazing, this area is on the gulf and was, I think, the point of landing for Dean, buildings were severely damaged, trees were destroyed and debris was everywhere, as I approached Vera Cruz, I saw no less than three Banana Plantations where the trees were totally destroyed, they were laying flat on the ground with their protective bags still, over the banana bunches, I saw two Citrus orchards that were heavily damaged, and the crop was laying on the ground, the trees appeared to be relatively OK, a few broken branches but otherwise intact, just no fruit left on the tree. After I passed Vera Cruz, I saw very little damage. I have to add that the country/ people did an amazing job of clearing the roads, I had no trouble getting through, a few close quarters where the trees were large, but otherwise, no problems, lots of flooding debris, and swollen rivers that will take a few days to ease up, but the roads are good, I am interested to see what I find as I approach Chetumal, this is where the hurricane originally struck land, as a category 5 storm, this area only saw a category 2. More later. Still no internet, hope all is well with everybody, Tasha and I are fine, tired but OK, of course you won't know that until I post me report, and I will be turning off my cell phone when I reach Belize, can't afford $3.50 per minute rates they charge Needless to say, without internet service it may be awhile before I can file these comments. Me. Reply to this Comment Friday, 24 August 2007 - 8:59 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Greetings all Crossed the border into Belize at 16:30, what I a time that was, I had to sign my life away and pay out $75:00 for a permit to get Tasha into the country, but that is over with for the time being. I am staying in Corozal tonight because most of the country has no electricity, and Tony's Inn has their own generator for power. The destruction I saw coming across Mexico was less than I would have expected from a category 5 hurricane, lots of damaged trees but most of the buildings looked untouched, or minimally damaged. Very tired tonight, so I will cut this short and update some more tomorrow, both of us are safe and sound. Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 25 August 2007 - 5:23 PM MDT Name: "roxann rich" Home Page: http://www.larrywellington.com dear larry, glad to hear you made it safely to belize. barb and i will leave for germany on wednesday for 18 days if we are lucky. we are flying on a standby ticket on delta airlines which means if there is space available we will go if not its back to a hotel and try another day. wish us luck, good luck to you and tasha, roxann Reply to this Comment Saturday, 25 August 2007 - 7:18 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry So glad to hear that you and Tasha are safe and sound. I had a few tense days let me tell you. Next time you go on a road trip try and schedule it during non-hurricane season, OK? Sounds like Tasha did OK on the trip. Did all of you stuff come thru ok or are they strewn all over Belize? Will Bendy be joing you soon or will she be staying in Austin? Keep us posted ok. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Saturday, 25 August 2007 - 8:41 PM MDT Name: "Kevin White" HI Larry, Hope you and Tasha arrived safe and sound. Did you get hit by the hurricane? It appeared to have gone right over Belize. Hope everything is well with you. How is your new home? How is tasha adjusting? Hope to hear from you soon. Best of luck Kevin & Lisa Reply to this Comment Sunday, 26 August 2007 - 3:04 PM MDT Name: "anonymous" Saturday 25 August, 1645 PM. Hi all, I guess I should have updated everything yesterday, when I got up this morning the internet was down at the hotel I was staying at, so I was not able to do anything. In the trip across the Yucatan, I was detoured across country to a little town called Candelaria, it was a two hour plus detour across roads that would have made the roads of Guatemala look like super highways, and talk about no signs... I had to stop and ask about five times for directions from Candelaria up to Escarcega, finally I found a police officer that lead me through this little town out to this "road" that led to Escarcega. it turned out that the main highway Mexico 186 was closed at some point between Buena Vista and Escarcega. I may have been given a reason for the closure but I never understood a word the police were saying think that if the road had been open it would have been about a 30-45 minute drive, versus a two hour detour. The hurricane damage as I said was less than what I would have thought, the damage in Corozal was extensive, all electricity was cut off, the vegetation was nearly totally destroyed, but when I asked about water damage, nobody was aware of any storm surge, but, Corozal is protected by an Island that covers all of Corozal Bay, that may have prevented a surge from hitting the mainland, I saw no evidence of flooding, but, I did see evidence of heavy rains. The drive down to San Ignacio was for the most part uneventful, all the roads were clear and traffic moved smoothly. I am staying at a hotel I thought about buying, however after looking over the grounds I think I will pass. I spent the afternoon looking for my contact, David to confirm my rental of the house he promised, but his office was locked all afternoon, unusual for David, I will check again tomorrow morning. Chuck, if your reading this, I am enjoying the typical Belizean meal, R.B.& C. Sunday Afternoon: Hi All, Well, I rented a house this morning, not much of a house, but at least something to live in until I find something much better. It is a 5 bed room one bath house, it comes with water and electricity, the down side is, there is no water in the kitchen, except for a faucet alongside of the counter, that is where the washing machine goes, there is a 5 gallon bucket under the sink in the kitchen just in case you get water in the sink......... Why am I doing this.........., Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe I can buy this house for a song and then fix it up, I would be willing to offer 20-22 K maybe,,,,,,, The rent is an astounding $300.00 Belize, $150.00 U.S., I guess I can live with that for a while. I will go and buy the furniture I need tomorrow, a stove, refrigerator, stove and a bed, with frame. Anybody have any extra money ??, this could be a fortune..... David, Brendy's friend, is going to go with me and buy the furniture, they must give him a major discount since he is a native, lets see what kind of deal I really get, I have already priced out the stove and refrigerator I want while I was here last week, I did not price bedding, Mattress and box spring, so I am in the dark about the price there. I am going to check into getting a cell phone here, that way I can call somebody if need be, and also a number you all can call if need be. This has been an interesting day to say the least, I really don't believe that I am doing what I am doing, I guess that God has plans for me yet, although I really don't see what they are at this point. I am going to go downstairs and see if I can get on line with my web site and download this comment. Pray that it works....... May God bless and keep you all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 29 August 2007 - 6:02 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Greetings all, Whew, I would like this day to replay it's self, only at half speed if you please, Tasha and I got moved into our new home. We now have running water in the kitchen, we have a place to put a washing machine, with plumbing, electrical to follow, maybe tomorrow, or next week depending on what schedule you are on. The person that installed the running water in the kitchen, "Lizard", I don't know why he has this name but that is what he is called, finished installing the plumbing that was necessary to complete the job. He was recommended by David, David if you remember is a God amongst all people here in San Ignacio. What ever David wants', David get's, I am continually amazed at the power of this individual, people absolutely worship this man. He is a Shaman, and has Voodoo powers, or at least that is what is claimed. I do know that when he speaks, people listen, and that is enough for me, or at least for the time being. This could be the beginning of something special, I really like David, he is truly a man amongst men, he gives freely to the people around him, and not just when he is asked, I watched him give an elderly man $20.00 just because, the man did not ask for the money, David gave it to him out of the kindness of his heart, he told me.... Now he won't have to beg for any money... The man was, I would guess, about eighty years old, David knew him from seeing him over the years, and had a special affection for him. I wonder if I could have this sort of love for my fellow man, it is something to think about, he did it because he had respect for the age of this man...... I was told by a friend of David's that he called me Sir because he respected my age, and knew that I had knowledge that he had not yet discovered, and he wanted to show me the respect,that he felt I deserved because of my age. I still can't get over the attitude of the people here, I had forgotten how some people feel about the older generation. I, as of now do not have internet connectivity, I hope to have it sometime this week, I will go to the local cable company and inquire if I can have service this week, or maybe next week, I can only guess, the pace of things here in Belize is not what we have come to expect in the U.S., tomorrow is a truism here in this country, I am amazed that I got done what was done today. I hope that all is well with everybody, and I pray that God will keep and protect everybody. In Christ's name, Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 29 August 2007 - 6:03 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Hi All, Well, I am beginning to get settled into the place that I laughingly call home, it has taken about $3000.00 US to replace what I already had in Fort Collins, and about another $1000.00 to bring this house up to what we would normally expect in a house, and, NO, the owner is not responsible for the expenses I have incurred, but that doesn't mean I won't try and get some of it back. Life here in Belize is as I had expected, everything can wait until tommorow, or later, and if you ae in a hurry, well, try Belize City, about a hundred miles away. I expect to have a phone by the end of next week, or the week after that, and then Internet service the following week, and talk about expensive.... I need to put up a $500.00 deposit for the hone, and another $200.00 for the internet service, and they give an astounding 126K service, barely more than dial up and they want $130.00 per month for that, whew, I need to find a satellite service that is more reasonable. Anyway, I am starting to get settled, and will try and keep you all posted as to my progress ????, if that is what you call it. Tasha and I are well, trying to adjust to this new life style. May God bless and keep you all. Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Thursday, 30 August 2007 - 4:34 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi all, Not much to report today, I spent the morning painting the kitchen and dining room areas, they were in sad shape and needed something done. I have one more wall to paint, and then I can start the second coat, like I said, they were in sad shape. It has been raining for the past two days, so everything is pretty soggy, they expect the rain to continue for the next day or so, the road to Belize city is closed due to flooding, so no traffic to or from that city. I think that I am getting acclimated to the climate, although it is very humid with all the rain, and I am still perspiring quite a bit, but it does not seem to bother me as much today as it did last weekend. Tasha is doing very well, in fact, better that I thought she would do, she enjoys going down to the river and jumping in and trying to drink to river dry, and she loves to run in an out of the river chasing whatever I may through for her. Hope all is well with everybody, May God bless and keep us all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 1 September 2007 - 8:01 AM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry Glad to hear things are coming together for you at you new home. Any chance of seeing some pics of the new place. Before and after would have been fun. Tasha sure seems tobe having fun. How far is your place from the river and how big is it? Big enough to boat and fish on? Take care now. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Sunday, 2 September 2007 - 12:19 PM MDT Name: "Peter and Lisa" We have been watching. Sorry to hear that you found not all was as it was said to be. I've lost your email address. If you could post it again I would like to send you a email. I have something to ask you.. Peter Reply to this Comment Sunday, 2 September 2007 - 7:18 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Greetings all, ?? Well, We have reached the end of oure first full week in Belize, We reach this milestone with some trepidation. We have heard from Brendy three or four times since our move here, and for that we are eternally thankful, at least one person is interested in our journey. This will most probably be my last entry on this blog, it seems that there is vey little interest in following what I am experiencing on this great move from civilization to third world living. After I have posted this entry I will ask my web provider to allow the page to expire at the end of the month, I will maintain my email address at mail.com and gmail through the end of September, and for those that respond to me prior to that time, I will forward my Belize email address, I should have that after I get internet access through the local telephone company sometime within the next two-three weeks. It's amazing what you learn about people when you travel the extremes that I have traveled these past four weeks, I found out that a person I didn't even know three weeks ago has turned out to be an extremely good friend, one who is willing to drop everything on a moments notice and assist me in finding what I need, and taking the time from his business to escort me around the country to correct things that were done incorrectly by the local officials, I would call that a true friend. I wish that things were different, but reality speaks for it's self. Tasha and I are doing very well in our new environment, and we will continue to progress with the aid of our new friends here in Belize. I wish all my acquaintances in the States the very best, and may God bless and keep you all, as for me and Tasha, we will continue to serve the Lord and be thankful for what he has provided us so far. So, From Belize....... Good Bye and may God bless you all...... Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 2 September 2007 - 9:49 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Larry, I am so sorry that you are giving up the blog. I have really enjoyed your postings. I have made a few comments, maybe I could have done better. Please reconsider abandoning it. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Monday, 3 September 2007 - 11:57 AM MDT Name: "Karen Anselmo" Home Page: http://sunnydazebelize.blogspot.com Hi Larry! I've been following your travels.. I'm just not usually much of a public poster.. Glad to hear you 2 are settling in, although some of your recent posts are concerning me! (considering our move there on Nov. 1st..) Regarding the lack of concern you are noticing: I have found, as we share our plans to move from florida to Belize with friends and family, that people are actually somewhat "put off" by our desire to try this. Maybe even insulted.. Additionally, for many people, if you aren't in front of them at the moment, you are off the radar.. Sounds pessimistic, but I feel that's how many, (not all) , people are when they are too busy rushing around their daily lives. Enough negativity!! Hang in there, and know you did this for a good reason.. We'll be there soon, keep in touch! P.S. maybe you can help me quit smoking !! ~Karen Anselmo Reply to this Comment Monday, 3 September 2007 - 12:00 PM MDT Name: "Peter And Lisa" Well at lest you have Brendy. Sorry to hear after all this time you only refer to the folks you have met as acquantences. One would think that out of the few of those you might consider some of them as friends. It's a lonely world out there Larry and by the sound of it it is only going to get lonelyer. Better luck with your new acquantences Reply to this Comment Monday, 3 September 2007 - 12:54 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbar" Home Page: http://www.peacemealgarden.blogspot.com Hi Larry and Tasha...I did leave one comment...or did I just send you an e-mail? anyhow...I have been reading your blog every day...even though I didn't comment much! We are thinking of you now, as another hurricane heads your way, and we are glad that you are "up" in The Cayo, instead of on the coast! Your trials and tribulations do sound rather taxing, but we were led to expect as much from Bill & Claire! After my seven years living in Colombia,s.a. I know better than to expect Belize to be just like home...it takes while! I recently searched some internet photographs of my hometown in Colombia, and it looks as though nothing has changed since I left 25 years ago! As to the fact that you are not getting many comments on the blog...it's summertime (which in Oregon is pretty short) people are busy and/or traveling...no comments doesn't mean that no one is watching! If it's not too late. I say...DON'T STOP THE BLOG! If it is too late, please keep us on your e-mail list, because we ARE interested in your progress...you're the pioneer from our tour group, but a lot of us hope to follow! Kraig and I plan to be down that way in February...we'll be seeing you then! Don't expect things to move too fast...don't give up! You'll feel better when your house is as you want it. The Belizians are a helpful and friendly group...let it be! love, Barbara Reply to this Comment Monday, 3 September 2007 - 9:25 PM MDT Name: "Chuck Nuckols" Sorry you are giving up the blog I like reading it But I don't care to share my comments with others Chuck Reply to this Comment Monday, 3 September 2007 - 9:28 PM MDT Name: "Kelli and Gene Gautreau" Hello Larry!~ I really do hope you reconsider ending your blog! I do read it often and even tho I only met you that one time before your move, Gene spoke of you often prior to that. I feel like I know you better from reading your blogs and I definately enjoy reading about your adventures!! Really hope you keep the blog going!! Thinking of you, Gene and Kelli Gautreau Loveland Colorado Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 4 September 2007 - 4:14 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Home Page: http://peacemealgarden.blogspot.com Hi Larry and Tasha...We are happy that Hurricane Felix did not hit Belize directly, even though we are sorry for all the people that it DOES hit. I imagine you will get some wind and rain from it, even so...? You knew tht you were going to Belize during the worst possible time of year for weather...Kraig and I have always wondered what it would be like there in the late summer, but Oregon is so beautiful this time of year, that we never travel! I hope you will find things a little easier as you go along, and that you find the right little business to keep you engaged. Take good care of Tasha, and try to appreciate each day...I'm sure that some will be better than others! love to you both... Reply to this Comment Friday, 7 September 2007 - 3:39 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Greetings from Belize........ Thursday, September 6. Evening time I have been surprised by the number of requests I have received to keep my web page active, and to continue posting comments to my blog, to say the least, I am impressed that so many people have actually been following my journey and for that I am thankful. I have been asked to post some pictures of my house here in Belize, for those of you that were on the trip in Feb. you already pretty much know what I have. It is a 5 BR 1 bath house, made of concrete, it has a metal roof but is fairly well made, the bathroom is very small and cramped, but the rest of the rooms are fairly spacious. I had to buy a refrigerator, stove, washing machine, living and bedroom furniture for the house, and that was expensive, I have spent about $4000.00 U.S. for things that I already had in the US, and that hurt. But the cost of shipping stuff, and the import duty 34% of value, made it not worth trying to ship everything, and, I don't know if what I had would have fit into this house. I will post some pictures this weekend, at least then you will see how it is to live in a third world country, I am living what you would have to call the middle class life, I at least have running water, most homes do not have that, I do not have hot water, almost no homes in Belize do, I have electricity, a lot homes do not have it, I have a fenced yard, almost no homes in my class have fenced yards. I have a covered carport, as well as a covered patio, most homes in my class do not have them. Tonight when I was trying to put together what I was going to post, I was sitting on my patio talking with Tasha when a street vendor stopped at my gate and asked me if I was interested in his wares, at first I thought No, I am not, but I asked what he had, and he told me he has fresh steamed Tamales, steamed corn etc. I stopped him before he could finish his list, I had not yet had dinner, and didn't know what I was going to fix. I bought two Tamales from him, $2.00 Belize, and that was my dinner, they were very large, and very filling, so for $1.00 US, I had a pretty good dinner. The area I am living in is a quiet neighborhood, the retired chief of police lives across the street from me and he had a tough reputation while he was chief, so very little vandalism occurs in this area, the kids pretty much stay away from his house. The only issue for me has been the insects, they are very prolific, especially the ants, they are everywhere, and it is hard to control them, they are fire ants, and they bite if given the chance. I have gone through two cans if insecticide so far, and just bought a new can tonight, if you drop a piece of food on the floor they find it within, what seems like minutes, and began to swarm over it, after just a few minutes it becomes a fuzzy ball, that is a collection of at least 100 ants trying for the piece of food. The weather, as you might expect is very warm and humid, I seem to be adapting to it, because I am not perspiring like I was last week, and I am even covering up at night time with a blanket, and that surprises me. As most of you know, I drove down to Belize, that was not to bad a trip, from Brownsville Texas it is a three day drive over, for the most part, pretty good roads. The roads here in San Ignacio will challenge the most sophisticated suspension system of any vehicle all main roads have at one time or another been paved, unfortunately they have not been maintained so pot holes are plentiful, and most all secondary roads have never been paved so they are very rough driving. My poor truck is starting to rattle and it's only been two weeks. Finally, I need to add one last comment, in my last posting I referred to my acquaintances in the states, and my new found friend here in Belize. Some of you were offended by that comment, if so, I am sorry that I offended you, those of you that are my true friends should be comfortable in your position with me, and should not be offended, those of you that are not secure in your friendship with me, well then...... I am sorry, I think that, that is a personal problem from your end, not from mine. Have a great day, may God bless and keep you all, Tasha and I are well and doing fine. I will not have this posted tonight, and I will need to take pictures, so it may be a day or two before you see this. And, I will keep the web page active for the foreseeable future. Much Love to you all Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 7 September 2007 - 3:55 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Hello All, I just posted my latest comment for your enjoyment,Tasha and I have made the decision to continue the Blog, and web page for the forseeable future, The connection fee by the local phone company is quite high, $16.50 per session so my posting will be less than what it has been in the past, I will attempt to post a comment at least twice a week, and I will add some pictures of the house I have rented, need to finf my camera first, haven't seen it for over a week. Hope all is well with everyone, May God bless and keep you. Larry & of course, Tasha Reply to this Comment Friday, 7 September 2007 - 5:25 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Absolutely amazing, I was able to get into my web site from my house, this is a first, but hopefully not the last. Just had to post this comment, sitting on my patio enjoying the evening breezes. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 7 September 2007 - 8:42 PM MDT Name: "anonymous" Hey chuck, we don't know your phone number. Lets get together Mine is 970-461-0258. I sure did like you being that you we just acquaintance. Reply to this Comment Friday, 7 September 2007 - 8:55 PM MDT Name: "anonymous" wild!!! Reply to this Comment Saturday, 8 September 2007 - 7:17 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" I was actually able to re-connect to my web page for the second time tonight, I can't believe my luck. I thought I would try and send another comment. Tasha and I are sitting on the patio enjoying the southerly breezes, it is about 85 degrees outside but the breezes make it feel like 70 degrees. I am planning on taking a weekend trip over to David's Adventure land, it is over by the Guatemala border, and is just downstream from black rock lodge, as I said earlier, I am thinking about investing in his venture, I will post more when I get back Sunday night, it just may be what I am looking for, although not a turn key operation, there may be sufficient value there to warrant a very close look. I know that you can't tell, but my typing is severely restricted these past few days. I had a close encounter of the unpleasant kind with my new Machete, I was trying to open a coconut and it did not go according to plan. It seems that I tried to amputate my left hand index finger. This happened around 9 PM on Tuesday night, when I re-dressed the wound the next day I realized that it should have been stitched, and I would guess that it would have taken about 60 stitches to properly close the wound. When David looked at it all he had to say was "oh shit", and that is a quote, but it seems to be healing well, I went over to the pharmacy and got a pretty strong antibiotic and have been taking that since then. It is nice to be able to pick up a prescription when you know what works for you and not need to go see a DR. first. Anyway, I am going to try and post this tonight and see what happens. Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 8 September 2007 - 8:59 AM MDT Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry I'm so glad that you reconsidered shutting down your website. I have really enjoyed reading about your adventures (and misadventures...did you ever get stitches for your poor hand?). Can't wait to see some pictures of your new home. Rick found a website about Belize and San Ignacia in particular. Now I understand why you decided to settle where you did. It is so beautiful! I really would love to come for a visit. Have you been to the Iguana preserve? That looks very interesting. You may need to adopt an iguana or some sort of lizard to battle the ants. If the fire ants bite, pour bleach on the bite, helps with the sting. They can get infected very easily. We had them in Texas. Take care of yourself. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Sunday, 9 September 2007 - 2:47 PM MDT Name: "Tasha & Larry" Sunday 09/09/07 Greetings all, I Just returned to my place from David's hideaway, what a great place, it is situated in the middle of the only privately owned Maya Ruins. David has not allowed anyone to open the ruins and dig for treasures, he feels that the Gods have made him protector of these ruins and he plans to leave them just as they are, what a magnificent site it was. To some people it would just be huge mounds of earth spaced rather precisely in their positions. We climbed up the western Temple and watched the sunset, what a view, I just can't imagine what it must have been like 1000 years ago. I am definitely going to invest in this venture with David, we plan on building a new four family structure near the middle of the complex, and complete a two family complex already under way, with the possible addition of two newly-wed tilapia's for the younger set, you would have to see it to believe it. It is a vary, I mean very rustic location, but the experience is worth the lack of comforts. the nearest electricity is 3 miles away, lighting currently is by candle light, food is cooked the Maya way, over wood, nothing fancy, but very tasty, last night we had beef ribs, fresh made tortilla's, and salad, all very tasty. There is no bar at present, but maybe later on, with no electricity is is had to serve a cold beer, but I sure would have liked to have one last night. Last night there was no moon, you can't imagine how dark it gets with no moon, and with no outside lights to spoil the view it is very hard to move around, especially one my age who is mobility impaired as it is. I would not have given up the opportunity to stay there, I was that impressed. There are a few things I want to change about the camp, but they are minor and David agrees they are needed. Anyway, I am going back one day next week, I will take pictures and try and make a drawing that shows the layout, and scan it to an email able document, and then post that as well. Hope all is well with everyone, Tasha and I are fine. In God's name I wish you well..... Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Sunday, 9 September 2007 - 5:54 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" I'm so glad to hear that you are keeping the blog! ...sorry to hear about the finger-machete encounter, though...having lived in south america, I have experienced several such injuries... "first hand" so to speak!...(and a couple in the leg!)...Do be careful of infections. The rustic jungle adventure camp sounds amazing and just the kind of thing we enjoy on vacation! We stayed in Cabanas Copal in Tulum, Mexico, with no electricity in the rooms, and it is one of our favorite memories! We love the extra-dark darkness! Are there fireflies? We saw them in Toledo district, when we stayed a few nights in a Mayan village! We will be buying our tickets soon for a visit to The Cayo in February, and we want to check it out your camp, for sure! In Colombia, if you want a cold beer, you take one from the case that is sitting on the bottom of the stack, preferably in a corner...the cement floor and walls having chilled it to a temperature that's called "a clima"...( at the climate)...you get used to it! Beer tastes better at that temperature than Coca-Cola! That's all for now, but we really enjoy your posts! keep up the good work! Reply to this Comment Sunday, 9 September 2007 - 7:30 PM MDT Name: "Brice & Jeanne" Larry, Larry, Larry and Tasha, You continue to amaze me. Glad to hear your made it. Here we are all snug and comfy in our US home in CO. I am constantly reminded of you by the wind chime. It is must cooler today. Definitely feels like Fall. AS I sit at the computer, Rudy likes to snuggle up and get my attention. He usually wins. I enjoy reading your travel tales. You write quite well. Wish I could kiss your bo-bo and make it well. Hope it is healing well. All for now. J Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 11 September 2007 - 4:19 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi All, Tuesday afternoon, I took a trip to the capitol city of Belmopan, stopped at a health food store to pick up some of the stuff I need to keep this old frame functioning. I also stopped at a hardware store, I am trying to find a kitchen cabinet that I can put between the refrigerator and the stove, a place to store my silverware, knives, those sorts of things. this house has no cabinets, zero, the only shelves there are, are what I had built to put things on. Like I said earlier, I am living the middle class Belizean life style, get used to it Wellington.... that is what I keep telling myself. It is amazing the things that you just can't buy here in Belize, I tried to find decent bandages, not to be found anywhere, the drug store only carries silk tape and cotton,the make your own approach, the stores carry very little in this line of goods,,,,, frustrating...... I tried to buy a ream of paper for my printer......ha ha ha, not in San Ignacio, Belize City, about 100 miles away. I asked my friend Chuck from Fort Collins to buy me a box of the type I like and mail them to me, if he takes them out of the box and puts them in an envelope maybe I won't have to pay import duty on them. David and I are going over to a nearby settlement, called Spanish Lookout, we will go over tomorrow morning, we need to price some things we want for the camp, and I want to check some of their prices, David thinks they are more reasonable than here in town or in Belmopan. I have not forgotten the pictures I promised, in fact I was going to take them yesterday but David showed up and we got involved with other things and the pictures went by the wayside, but I promise I will post them, along with some pictures of the camp. On the down side, Tasha is not feeling well, not quite sure what is going on, I plan on taking her to a Vet tomorrow when we get back from Spanish Lookout, she has been off schedule for about two days now......has me worried..... Spanish Lookout is an Mennonite community, we visited there when we were on the tour last February, didn't see much of the community, only their home building facility, none of us were impressed with the quality of their work, it was not what you would expect from them. Anyway, that is life in Belize this 11th day of September, 2007, hope this finds you all well, and may God continue to bless us all..... Larry &..... my best friend, Tasha Reply to this Comment Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 5:33 PM MDT Name: "kraig and Barbara" I hope Tasha is feeling better by now...you are lucky if there is a vet near you...in Placencia the vet only comes through on a rotating basis, once a month, I think... and only then because some of the ex-patriot ladies have formed a "Humane Society". One of our friends here in Oregon has just purchased property near Spanish Lookout, and hopes to be living there in about three years...she wants to do animal welfare work in The Cayo. Let us know how your finger is healing, up, too...did you ever decide to get some stitiches? We've been thinking of you, so give us an up-date...love to you both! Reply to this Comment Friday, 14 September 2007 - 6:57 AM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Friday, 14 Sept. 2007 Hi all, Just a few lines to update you all as to what's been going on. Nothing exciting, but a lot of different things, David's truck broke down and we have been busy getting parts for it, two or three trips to Spanish lookout, and a couple of trips over to Guatemala along with about $500 dollars and it seems to be on the mend, the front end tie rods failed, luck that Dave was not driving it when they broke, could have wrecked the truck and killed him, he is not the slowest of drivers in the world. Sorry I haven't posted the pictures yet, but I promise that I will get it done this weekend, we have a true paying customer coming to stay at the camp this weekend, so there are many things I am trying to get done before he arrives, (this afternoon) so I will be busy all day long. You asked if I ever got stitches for my finger, no, after one day the healing process has already started, and it was three days before I realized that it should have been stitched up, but it is healing, not as fast as I would like, but healing none the less, there will be an impressive scar however. Tasha seems to be doing better, she is back to pretty much her old self, but keeping a close eye on her. She loves to go down to the river and run around, but the other day she cut the pad on her right foot, probably on some broken glass, so she is being kept down for the next day or two to give it a chance to heal. Not much more to report at this time, but I will try an do better on my postings. May God bless and keep you all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Friday, 14 September 2007 - 11:11 AM MDT Name: "Karen" Hi Larry Do you have a good supply of antibiotic ointment in your first aid kit. Smear some of that on Tasha's pad and your finger. Would go a long way in preventing an infection in either species! If you don't have any and can't find it in Belize let me know and I will send you some. I really want to see some pictures! Hope to see them soon. Are you enjoying your adventure or is every day a struggle? We have a new e-mail address. Rick has probably sent it to you. I will check with him Michele is home for a few days. Waiting for her primping to be complete. She said that she can't leave the house unless "she looks hot"! Bye for now. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 12:52 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" I have just posted some pictures for you to look at, as I said, I am living the life of the middle class Belizean, nothing fancy, just the basics. Enjoy, and be thankfull for what you have at your home. Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 6:28 PM MDT Name: "roxann" Home Page: http://larrywellington.com dear larry, glad your finger and tasha are both on the mend. you might want to look for the herb wormwood to take for both you and tasha. it is good for parasites of which you probably have both been exposed to, either in the food or the water. lavender oil will also help the finger heal. glad you are not doing away with the blog. now that i am home from germany, i will make more effort to email. take care, roxann Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 19 September 2007 - 8:28 AM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Thanks so much for the pictures of your house...It gives us a real insight into your circumstances, and also about what we might expect if we come to live in Belize! Now we're ready to see photos of the adventure camp! We always like a rustic touch, so we're hoping to stay a few nights at the camp when we come to The Cayo in January! Keep up the good work. Big changes are never easy, but I think you are well prepared and well equipped to handle whatever you might fnd there! Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 19 September 2007 - 7:54 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Home Page: http://email@example.com Hi all, I just posted the first 4 pictures of the camp ground, just the basics right now, but there will be many more I promise. Enjoy Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Thursday, 20 September 2007 - 5:11 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Well folks, Tasha and I spent the afternoon cutting down trees and making room for the new residence we are building at David's camp. I have posted a few more pictures of the camp, just to give you an Idea of whats ahead. Lots of work to be done, but the end result will be worth the effort. Construction starts tomorrow, 09/21/07, or for the locals, 21/09/2007, I am excited about the new beginning and looking forward to a fun next few months. May God bless and keep us all Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 21 September 2007 - 1:00 PM MDT Name: "Karen Anselmo" Home Page: http://sunnydazebelize.blogspot.com Thank you for the photos Larry! Glad to hear you have found something so interesting and beautiful to take part of. We can't wait to see it... ~Karen and Ron Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 25 September 2007 - 7:15 AM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi All, Tuesday, 09/25/2007 I have been lax these past three days, I should have updated you all on Sunday. But I was exhausted and spent the day just relaxing... I know, that's no excuse. Tasha and I spent the day Friday clearing the area for the new Cabana, we worked until about two in the afternoon, the contractor was supposed to be there with his crew to start the foundation, but he never showed up, Friday was a holiday for Belize, it was their Independence day, but he assured me that the crew would be there, well....... that never happened. They showed up on Saturday, and we spent the morning outlining the frame for the foundation and getting it square and level, they cut down two more coconut trees because they felt they would interfere with the roof, they positioned the base more towards the north than I had wanted, and that is going to create a rather high foundation on the south side of the building, David agreed to this location, so I guess I will have to accept it, the work was already well under way when Tasha and I got there, or else I would have insisted it be moved back. The foundation framing was complete about 12 PM, we broke for lunch and then spent the afternoon clearing out the Jungle, "not an easy task" behind the building to provide access for the trucks to deliver the materials on Monday, the access is an old road, not used in over twenty years, so it was very overgrown, but it allows access without having to carry materials over the river by canoe, and right now the river is running very high and fast, so an overland route was necessary. On Monday the crew did not show up because of a death in the family, so nothing was accomplished. I took this opportunity to have my passport extended for another two month at a cost of $100.00, and I had to go to Belmopan to do this, I will have to do this every two months until I have been here a year, then I can apply for citizenship. I also took the opportunity to travel back to the Guatemala border and pay the import tax on my truck so I could register it in Belize, that took an amazing 6 hours to accomplish, and a tax of $2,109.70, I also had to pay a fine of $250.00 because they issued me a tourist pass at Chetumal, and it stated I could not transfer the vehicle with-in Belize, the fine should have been $500.00 but in talking with the man in charge, he waived half of the fine. He also waived the tax on the stuff I brought with me, my clothes, pots and pans etc. so I didn't have to pay the $171.00 tax that would have been due on that. All in all, a very hectic day. Today the construction crew is supposed to be on site, I need to go and license my truck in Belize first, then go over to the camp and supervise what ever they are doing, and then take some pictures to document the progress. My internet has been flakey for the past three days, but I am going to try and post this this morning. May God bless and keep you all. Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 27 September 2007 - 11:39 AM MDT Name: "Karen Tavasci" Hello everyone! I just found out about the blog! Hope it is there. I really enjoyed reading "mail" from everyone. Kraig and Barbara-my husband and I will be there in Feb. also. Hope everyone can get together for dinner and visit! Looking forward to seeing everyone. Karen T. Reply to this Comment Thursday, 27 September 2007 - 10:56 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Home Page: http://www.peacemealgarden.blogspot.com Kraig and I just made our airline reservations...We'll be arriving in Belize on Monday Jan. 28th and going directly up to stay near Ron and Karen, in The Cayo, for a week. We're staying in a bungalow at Cahal Pech Resort...we hope to spend one night at Larry's Adventure Camp, too, if possible...maybe Sunday night, Feb.3rd! We plan to go overnight to Tikal...(Monday the 4th)... Then we have two nights "un-planned" but possibly we'll do Maya village homestays in Toledo...(Toledo Eco-Tourism Assoc.) We've done the Maya village at San Miguel and it was one of our most exciting and culturally rewarding trips ever! I recommend it! There are several small ruins in Toledo that I would like to see, and they have very few tourists! We will spend our last week on the Placencia Penninsula...most likely in the Maya Beach area. We're leaning towards The Green Parrot, but we don't have any reservations yet...(we're waiting for responses on availability at Captain Jacks and Casa At Last...also Village Inn which is right in Placencia Village!) We may (or may not) rent a car to drive to Placencia. We've always flown before, and the Hummingbird Highway is supposed to be spectacular. We're really looking forward to seeing everyone! Keep in touch! You can all e-mail me...I hope you have time to check out our photo blog! Reply to this Comment Saturday, 29 September 2007 - 6:46 AM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Saturday, 29/09/2007 Good morning all, One week has passed since we started the construction of the new Cabana, and still nothing visual has been done. The frame and form for the foundation is in place, but that was done last Saturday, the weather has not been very co-operative since then, it has rained most every day. Our biggest obstacle is getting the material to do the construction up to the site, as I said the road we cleared is long, and steep at points, and of course, not surfaced, it is jungle floor and that can become very muddy during the rains, it dries quite quickly, but with the ruts from the tractor, it has ample places to puddle. We have gotten about 1/3rd of the material up to the site, the rest remains at the base of the road, it was a beautiful day yesterday, and I had hoped that today the road would be in good shape, but at about 2 AM, the skies opened up and it poured for about 30 minutes the edge of my street is in standing water, and I am sure that the road at camp is going to be the same. I will go over this morning and check it over before we call for the tractor to come and pull things up to the top. Frustrating is the best description I can use for the weeks activities, but, on the other hand, quite a bit of logistical work has taken place during the week, so once we have all the supplies on top there should not be any further delays,(tongue-in-cheek) and things should move right along, and the completion date of November 15 might still be reachable. I will finish building the hand rails at the canoe landing his morning, that will make it easier for people to get into and out of the canoe going to/from the camp, I am going to also carry some muriatic acid with me to wash the steps going up to the camp, they are marble and granite, and get covered with mildew and become very slippery, I hope the acid will clean them good enough to prevent the new growth of mildew for at least a short period of time. Any body have any better suggestions ? There is also a walkway from the eating area to the kitchen that has the same stones, and I will wash them as well, all of the stones are from the ruins, and most of the steps are original Maya work, David has reworked a lot of the steps using the same stone, so they have been there for many years, I suggested we add some concrete to the steps and David shuddered, he wants things as "rustic" as possible, and I guess I totally agree, but I think of the liability side, and worry about the customers safety and convenience. I know that I slipped on the steps more than once, and I am aware of them, anyway, that is work to be done. I don't remember if I mentioned in my previous entry, but David and I bought a new rain water recovery tank, 300 gallons, and I am going to plumb it to the shower so we can have running water and also, we have been looking for an on-demand water heater so we can have hot showers. The thing we worry about the most is that water is in short supply, and conservation is a must, that is why we are not putting showers, bathrooms etc. in the new cabana. My thought is to do as they do in Europe, have a basin and pitcher in the room for washing up before retiring. Lots of things in the works, including the possibility of some solar lights for the cabana's for inside lights only, no outside lights, we don't want to spoil the beauty of the night. If anybody has any suggestions, now is the time to mention them, in about two weeks it will be too late to implement changes, or at least I hope too late. Tasha and I are doing well, she seems to have adapted to her new home quite well, and enjoys barking at all the little kids in the area and at all the stray dogs that wander the streets. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post later today. May God bless and keep us all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Saturday, 29 September 2007 - 2:10 PM MDT Name: "Ron Anselmo" Home Page: http://www.sunnydazebelize.com Larry, We've been following your blog, and have enjoyed the commentary, glad to see you're doing so well and getting involved in something positive and constructive. A suggestion for cleaning your steps, might include using trisodium phosphate (TSP) (if locally available), 1-1/2 cup to 1 gallon of hot water, scrub with a stiff brush, let sit 15-20 minutes and rinse. Acid and bleach serve to remove mold and mildew, but don't kill the remaining spores. TSP serves to open the pores and help eliminate regrowth. However, I would guess that in a moist, shady environment, recleanings will be somewhat frequent. It sounds like the ultimate problem you're faced with is traction and/or friction. A mechanical solution may be to 'groove' the tread surfaces with a small grinding wheel. Maybe an 1/8" deep, from front to back of the treads, parallel grooves maybe 1/2" apart for an overall width of 18" on each tread. (picture a typical escalator tread) Philosophically, David may disagree and consider this as 'defacing' the original stonework. In addition, the front end work is a little more laborious, but may save 'continual routine maintenance' in the long run. Kraig Bartel may also have some good suggestions, given his building background and creative thinking. Hope this finds you well and we look forward to seeing you after we arrive in November. Keep up the good work. Best regards, Ron Anselmo Reply to this Comment Saturday, 29 September 2007 - 3:57 PM MDT Name: "Kraig Bartel" Hello Larry & Tasha, Greetings and salutations! I too have been following your blog and in regards to the mildew on the steps, Ron Anselmo is correct that TSP is the least expensive (should have it at the Mennonite "Super" store we all visited), most effective (it will indeed kill the present growth) and least labourious ( other than doing nothing at all :). As with most human activity there are draw backs. Due to the properties of phosphorus, it is slow to break down in the environment which leads it to penetrate the water table where it becomes somewhat residual. However, if you use it judiciously it is quite effective. Ron is also right that muriatic acid (diluted hydrochloric acid if I am not mistaken) is not nearly as effeceint at "slime" control as the TSP but it IS used to etch and clean the surface of concrete and softer stone. Marble and granite are obviously quite hard stones but if any of the work is Mayan, I believe for building purposes in your area they worked almost exclusively with sandstone and limestone which are soft stones and it may be possible to "roughen" or otherwise provide some texture to the surface of the stone with Muriatic Acid. This also is a strong chemical and should be used prudently. Ron's grooving idea would most likely be the most effective long term fix and have the least impact on nature. But as usual, from an environmental stand point, the best solution to the problem is the most labor intensive. Good luck and best wishes, Kraig Bartel Reply to this Comment Saturday, 29 September 2007 - 7:43 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Saturday, 29/09/2007 7 PM. Hi all, We spent a very long day at the camp today, we built a hand railing at the mainland side of the canoe landing to make it easier to board and exit the canoe. We need to add one more post and chain, but we need to wait for low water before we sink the post and add the chain. We want to add a concrete slab at the bottom of the steps and we want the post set into the concrete. We cleared the area where the new water tank will set, and we hauled rocks up to the area for the foundation, they use rocks to fill in the foundation, and then add concrete to smooth out the surface, this saves on concrete and makes for a stronger foundation, so they say... No construction work was completed today, and they did not move anymore supplies up to the storage area, as I had feared, the rain last night made the road from our staging area very muddy, and I don't think a tractor would have been able to climb the road, there is about, and I am guessing, a 1500 foot climb from the staging area to the storage area, and about 1 & 1/3 miles of dense jungle, almost no areas see the sun, I did take a picture of one area that saw the sun, about 100 feet long, but the rest of the road is in the dark. I uploaded 14 or 15 photo's tonight for your enjoyment, and I found out I have not been uploading them in the proper sequence, I was wondering why the were not in the order I had anticipated, well, tonight I found out why, so, the first set are out of order and the second set are in order. Please enjoy them, and I hope you can get as excited as I am becoming over this project. Tasha had a great time at camp today, she ran around all day long, and near the end of the day she tried," and succeeded" at making her a nest to lay down in and catch some sleep, she worked very hard for about 20 minutes digging through rocks and soil to form a bed, she was put out when I called her to join me in another task at a different location. She has already gone to bed tonight, and I am not far behind her, I need a shower first, and then crash, but I am waiting for David to show up, he has some supplies in the back of my truck to pick up, then I am gone. Hope this note finds everybody well, Tasha and I are doing fine, May God bless and keep you all. Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 29 September 2007 - 8:05 PM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Ron and Kraig, Thanks so much for your input, I had not thought about TSP, you are both right, this may be a better alternative than acid, and also, I need to correct my previous statement, the stone is primarily sandstone, with some granite, no marble, most of the stone is sandstone, and TSP should work well, thanks a bunch for this suggestion. I will look for TSP on Monday, nothing is open here on Sunday, only the local convenience stores, but I may check there, if not I will go to Spanish Lookout and look for it. As far as grooving the steps, there is no electricity available so this would be a tough task to do, Ron, what is your suggestion ? a battery operated grinder would work, but, there are 160 steps, and when the battery went down, a trip back to town would be needed, and it is a 30 minute trip each way across some pretty rough roads. Kraig, you are right, sometimes the best route is the hardest route, Sooo, pack your bags and get down here to help out...... Just kidding of course, although I could use the help. Thanks again for your input, it IS appreciated. Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 30 September 2007 - 7:15 AM MDT Name: "Larry Wellington" Sunday, 30/09/2007 Good morning all, We had another disappointing night last night, after a beautiful day yesterday, and hopes that the road would have a chance to dry out, the skies opened up again, around 2 AM, again, it rained very hard for about one hour, the roads around my house are mud bogs, so I can only guess what they are like up at the camp. The main reason I am writing this comment however is not because of the rain, but because of 4 little kids, I would guess they are in the 6 to 10 year group. I have been watching them play for the past three or four days, they have a (what appears to be) remote controlled four wheel drive ATV, like a blazer or Bronco, that kind of toy. the interesting thing about their play is that they have no batteries for the truck, and I have not seen the remote, but they pull it around the block with a string, they take turns pulling the truck, and they run just as fast as they can around the block laughing as they go. This morning, as I said the roads are mud bogs, but they were out there again, this time they stopped in front of my house to clean the mud and rocks off of the tires, and then off they went, running down the road having a good time, although I have not seen them come around for a second trip, maybe they felt all the mud was not worth the effort. It is heart breaking in a way to watch them, but at the same time, I am struck that they have such a good time with only half of a toy, what would they do if they had all that was needed to make the truck run like it should ???. Any way, that is why I entered this comment. God bless all the little children. Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 30 September 2007 - 3:56 PM MDT Name: "Karen Anselmo" Hi Larry, In response to your last comment about the children, " what would they do or want?" They would want more.. Just like all the other children in the U.S. , who have it all, and don't realize it, and don't know how to have such fun with less.. That is my inital thought.. Take care and Enjoy.. ~Karen Anselmo Reply to this Comment Sunday, 30 September 2007 - 11:11 PM MDT Name: "Barbara" Home Page: http://peacemealgarden.blogspot.com Larry, we are so glad that you kept the blog...you are just getting to the "good" part! Kraig and I will be there in February (we have our reservations) and we'd like to stay at your camp the night of Sunday, Feb. 3rd...if that's possible. Have you made a website for the camp yet? Adventure travelers will find you! We have stayed in a Mayan Village, arranged by a group called the TEA...(Toledo Ecotourism Assoc.) You can find out what they have to offer by visiting: www.plenty.org Project Plenty does a lot of good work in Toledo. If you contact them, maybe they would refer adventure travelers to your camp in The Cayo... The Mayan Village overnight stay is one of our best memories, and belive me...it is VERY "rustic". A lot of people love to have that kind of experience when they are traveling! I'm sure you remember when Bill and Claire said it rains everyday during this time of year? I guess you are finding that to be true! One of the reasons we prefer The Cayo is that it rains less than StannCreek and Toledo! also...It's raining here in Oregon, right now! We are thinking about you, and we're happy that both you and Tasha are adapting so well. The blog gives us a real insight into your adventure! Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 3 October 2007 - 7:08 PM MDT Name: "Tasha & Larry" Good evening all: We spent the day at the camp site moving materials from the staging area to the storage area, David and I took 7 loads of lumber and cement blocks from the bottom to the top, my poor truck, the road was in very bad shape, and now it is a little worse for the wear, I lost a bolt that holds one of the skid plates in place, so it banged all afternoon, I stopped at a mechanics place tonight and he had one that worked. Tomorrow we are also going to pick up 300 feet of PVC pipe to run down to the shower, and to our back up water tank from our new tank, that should take most of the day, and there is still lumber to be brought to the top, however, the contractor will be there to do that part. I added a picture to the folder that showed the foundation and water tank in place, well, the foundation is about 5 feet too far to the south, and the shelter they built to provide water run-off is also to far to the East about three feet, and the front of the roof, (the highest point) is below the top of the water tank, the object of the shelter is to provide a surface area to funnel the water to a point where it can be guided into the storage tank, not a complex function, most any person with a small amount of knowledge should understand what needs to be done, but for what ever reason, that did not happen. One of the problems is that I do not speak Spanish, and the workers only speak Spanish, when I told David about what needed to be done he talked with Rigoberto about it, Rigoberto was upset because he tried to get the other worker, Justice, to do what I wanted, but was not successful. Anyway, Rigoberto is going to tear down the structure and move it where it need to be...( I hope) It seems that I need to be there 24 hours a day to make sure things are done like they need to be. Justice is an old friend of David's, and that makes it hard, David is sure that Justice did what he thought was right, but,,,,,, all he had to do was look at the end result and he should have known that is was not correct. I am planning on going over to Guatemala to a place called Bio-Itza www.bioitza.org , they offer a one week total immersion Spanish class, with six hours a day of Spanish lessons, and, you live with a local family that only speak Spanish, maybe that way I will understand what is being said, and not having to rely on David to translate. The only problem I have is what to do with Tasha, I am waiting to find out if I could bring her with me, I can't leave her at the camp, because the camp dogs do not like her, and they attack her when they get the chance, so she needs to be somewhere else when I am not around. It was another beautiful day in Paradise today, not a cloud in the sky and slight breezes all day long. I am on the patio right now, and it is about 75-76 degrees and very pleasant, Tasha is asleep on the rug by my side, she is exhausted from the days activities, she ran up and down the mountain about 10-12 times today, she absolutely loves being up at the camp and running around the Jungle, I think that if she could talk she would say, " thanks for bringing me here dad", she gets excited each time we go there, by canoe or by truck, she is just as happy. No new pictures today, but maybe by Thursday or Friday there will be some signs of progress that warrant a picture. Have a great day, and may God bless you all. Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 4 October 2007 - 4:02 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Hi All, Thursday 04/10/2007 I am back at the house early today, had some errands to do back in town, one of the errands was to go by the registry's office and pick up my Belize plates for the truck, I guess I am a Part resident of Belize. I uploaded a few pictures today, not much, just getting ready for a canoe trip, and we loaded 4 canoes into the back of my truck, my poor truck, it is getting abused and used down here. The construction crew did start digging the foundation for the new cabana today, hopefully by tomorrow they will start making cement and form the foundation, we'll see. Tasha is worn out again today, when we got back down she wanted to go to the river, so we walked down and she promptly laid down in the water for about 10 minutes, she drank her fill, got up and was ready to leave, what a dog she is. I broke down and bought a microwave today, I just can't seem to keep up with things as it is, and re-heating foods is a hassle, plus it gives me more pans to wash, this way I hope it will be a little easier. In a suggestion from Ron and Kraig, they said to use T.S.P. for cleaning the steps at the camp, well,,,,,I have searched every store in San Ignacio as well as Spanish Lookout, and nobody here has heard of the product, so I am open to alternative suggestions.... Have a great day, and may God bless and keep you all... Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Sunday, 7 October 2007 - 5:45 PM MDT Name: "Larry & Tasha" Sunday, 07/10/2007 5:30 PM Hi All, Tasha and I got back to the house around 3 this afternoon, it has been a very long and I might add, hard week, but we finally got all of the materials to our storage area, we got the cement mixed and the block foundation started, we/they should have the foundation finished by the end of the day tomorrow, and be ready to pour the floor. At least, I hope they will. My internet service these past two or three days has been very bad, I can't rely on it at all. I am still sponging off of my neighbors wireless, but it has been down more than it has been up. I don't know if my neighbor is playing with me or if the service is really that bad. I still can't get my own phone here at the house, so I have been relying on my cell phone, but at $3.50 a minute I try and stay off as much as possible. But, for those of you that need to call, it is my old Fort Collins cell number, I have used Skype while here, but the local phone company blocks all outgoing calls, they want the revenue, and don't want to share it with anybody. This country is full of monopolies, the phone company is one, the local brewery is another, and the local cable company is yet another. The way the government is structured it is virtually impossible for another company to come on scene. I have posted a few more pictures for you all to look at, you can now actually see some progress, and hopefully things will really start to take off now that the basics are out of the way. Not really much more to report, but I will try and keep you all as up to date as I can. Have a great evening, God bless you and keep you all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Saturday, 13 October 2007 - 6:07 PM MDT Name: larrywellington Home Page: http://www.larrywellington.com Saturday, 13/10/07 Hi all, Well, another week has passed and I wish I could report fantastic progress on the cabana, but all I can say is that some progress has taken place, but nothing outstanding. In my last posting I told you that the foundation was started, well, that part of it is still true, in fact the foundation is complete, but we have a very large hole that needs filling, and the crew has been working for three days to get it ready to pour the floor, but right now, it looks like it will be next Wednesday before they can start pouring, Monday is a holiday (Day of the Americas) here in Belize so nobody will be working I have no idea what the holiday celebrates. The weather has been a hindrance to us, rain every day or night and many of the showers are very hard downpours, that has not helped the situation at all. Pray for us that the weather will improve. All of the material is down at the construction site just waiting to be put to use, we already have a reservation for the second week of November, so things had better start moving a little faster, or they will be sleeping on the ground. I have posted a few pictures of the past weeks efforts, enjoy. In Christ's name, Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Sunday, 14 October 2007 - 3:04 PM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hi All, Sunday afternoon and all is quiet for the time being. Had a very hard shower last night after I posted, I took a couple of pictures from my patio, I posted them this afternoon, thery didn't turn out as good as I would have liked, but I think you can see the intensity of the storm from the pictures, those of you from Texas would probably say " no big deal, it rains like that here every day", but the rest of you folks haven't seen that kind of rain. I don't think. All is well on this side of the world, hope all is well with you all. Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Thursday, 18 October 2007 - 7:25 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Thursday, 18 October, 2007 PM. Hi All, It has been five days since my last post, and the reason is, there was nothing to post, construction on the Cabana has been painfully slow, and I might add, painfully expensive, 8 hours labor times 6 workers, 48 hours per day, and right now we are looking at 7 days and not much to show for the work. Today the support posts were set in place and concrete poured around each post to a depth of 48 Inches, most of the backfill has been completed, but not all. We were supposed to pour concrete tomorrow, but now it looks more like Saturday and Sunday, if they will work on Sunday ??, or Monday. It started to rain this afternoon, late, it poured hard for about 45 minutes not sure if this will be a problem or not, tomorrow will tell. I bought a generator for the camp yesterday, it will be used for powering some appliances, maybe a refrigerator/freezer, with no way to protect fresh food everything has to be brought in daily, and being 30 minutes plus a canoe ride from town, Ice is almost out of the question, and they don't know what dry ice is down here. I talked with a contractor yesterday about working on the road that comes into the back of the camp, it needs to be widened, and it needs brush placed in the road to provide a base to drive on, right now the road is passable with four wheel drive and a lot of guts, but that is very hard on my truck, and I don't want to destroy it before we finish the cabana. As I have said before, the new cabana is a work in progress, and things change everyday, I am constantly thinking of things to change to make it more enjoyable for the guests, subsequently the cost keeps going up I need to stop thinking and go back to my original thoughts of something rustic and beautiful and forget all the extras. Anyway, I posted three new pictures tonight that show the support posts and floor. Enjoy. Tasha and I are doing fine, Tasha does indeed love the forest and all the new smells, and completly wears herself out each time we go over to the camp. May God bless and keep you all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Friday, 19 October 2007 - 3:39 AM MDT Name: "Karen Anselmo" Home Page: http://sunnydazebelize.blogspot.com/ Hi Larry! Just wanted to say thank you for continuing to post.. It is super interesting to check in and see what you are up to at this point. We will be in your area in 2 weeks, and will be looking forward to seeing you sometime soon. ~Karen Anselmo Reply to this Comment Friday, 19 October 2007 - 8:12 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbar" Well... we've been pretty busy, putting our garden to bed for the winter. Usually our wet weather doesn't start until well into November, but it's arrived early this year...we've had wind and rain nearly every day so far in October! Luckily it hasn't been too cold, yet. I added a weather channel tool to my desktop, and it tells me that it is 86 in Belize right now...about 56 here...so now I DO feel cold! We're bringing in the last of the apples...Asian pears, and Comice pears...We still have tomatoes in our greenhouse,and peppers...but that will be the end of it for this year! Needless to say, we'll be more than ready to travel by the time our departure date rolls around in January! We are so excited and pleased that we will have several friends visiting Belize at the same time we are there...We'd love to have a reunion with everyone together...even though we know the logistics of that might not be possible! Larry...you're a pioneer...stick with the plan...we're not surprised that there are set-backs, but we know you'll be a success! (...and, by the way...we DO see a LOT of rain in Oregon, too...) Ron and Karen...we're thinking about you every day...what an adventure you are about to begin...it will surely change your life! We can't wait until you start posting to your blog! That's about all I have time for now...never forget that we're here following your progress, even if we don't comment! love, Barbara Reply to this Comment Saturday, 20 October 2007 - 6:09 PM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Saturday 10/20/07 PM Hi All, Well, the rain let up this morning and we were able to start pouring the concrete for the floor, by 1:30 this afternoon 1/2 of the 30' X 30' floor had been poured and 1/2 of that had been finished, hopefully by Monday afternoon the entire floor will be done, and we can get started on the support for the thatch roof. The Thatch workers have been hired and are just waiting for the full moon to start cutting thatch, they can only cut thatch for six days out of the month, 3 days before and 3 days after the full moon, I don't quite understand the reason for this rule, but insects are a problem if you cut outside of these days, also you cannot cut the timbers for the roof rafters outside of these days, and the contractor has to cut about 35 more roof rafters for the roof, I see a big conflict on the horizon for this part of the schedule. After the thatch is cut it must be installed while it is still green and not wilted or you have problems with it as well and the thatch crew can't start until all the rafters are on site and installed. a 30' X 30' roof is quite massive and very heavy so all rafters must be in place before they start placing the thatch. We have 10 men ready to start the roof so any lost time will be expensive. I didn't take any pictures today, I thought I would wait until the floor is complete. That is about all for today, no work tomorrow, and it looks like it will rain again tonight so the road will be in bad shape come Monday, I could not get up the road today, too muddy and wet, so I had to take the canoe ride over to camp. Have a great weekend, may God bless us all Tasha & Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 21 October 2007 - 1:09 PM MDT Name: "Chuck Nuckols" Larry & Tash, I enjoy your page and the pictures Althogh I prefer to write via email I thought I would post something on your blog today. I'm glad Tasha is adjusting to the tropic I know it was a concern for you wondering if she would be OK down there.I think of her every morning when Pearl and I walk by the field where we let her run while we were sitting her It looks like things are begining to shape up a little for you in your business adventure. I would love to be there helping you out. I could hand you a hammer or a nail. I broke down my garden yesterday and used the rototiller I got from you to to till it up. It is now ready for winter. and just in time. Yesterday was nice but cool Today it snowed a little and is in the low fourties. Tomorrow we warm up and will be in the sixtys for the rest of the week. I hope to get a load of mulch and put it around the house and in the flowerbeds while it's warm. I hope things continue to go well for you and hope to see you in the near future Chuck Reply to this Comment Sunday, 21 October 2007 - 3:25 PM MDT Name: "roxann rich" Home Page: http://larrywellington.com dear larry, i am in total agreement with all the others, that i totally enjoy your blog and the pictures. sounds like there will be several people from the belize relo tour of 07 comming your way. brendy , barbara and i are all planning to visit again in austin on december 1-2,07 and attend the health freedom expo during this time.my sister and her friend from california are flying in and we are going to celebrate her 50th birthday in austin also. gaylord caught a bad staph infection 2weeks ago and has really had a hard time. his father was in the hospital for several weeks and we think thats where he picked it up.he is on the mend now but had 2 bad weeks.wish i had apples like kraig and barbara!! its been very windy and still warm here. wish i was on the ocean in belize!! take care,roxann Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - 3:13 PM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, Well, the cement floor is complete, and now we just need to wait for it to cure before going further, the contractor is going today to cut the remaining roof timbers and will be gone for two days, the thatch crew is ready to start cutting thatch. The magical three days before and three days after the full moon is here and things should start happening pretty fast...... Fast in Belizean terms anyway. I have not been able to get into my web site on a regular basis the past few days, something to do with Solar flares I think, my friends that own the lodge next to our camp have satellite internet and they have been having a hard time as well. I thought it was because I am using my neighbors wireless, but I guess that is not the case. I was able to post two pictures yesterday, but couldn't post any comments. David and I went over to Spanish Lookout yesterday and I bought another water tank, this one is 600 gallons, twice as big as the last one, and with three tanks we should have enough water to run the camp during the dry season. I have decided to put in a new bathroom, both a his/hers with flush toilets, and a sink. Doing this requires additional water supply which is why we bought the new tank. I was wrong in my previous posting that the new tank I bought was a 600 gallon, it was on a three hundred gallon, I need to engage the brain before making statements like that, 1100 liters is not 600 but closer to 300 gallons, and the new tank is 2500 liters. I hope to have some pictures later in the week showing the construction of the roof, should be interesting to watch, I have never seen a thatch roof being built and am looking forward to it. Today will be a slow day, I need to go over to camp and make sure that clean up gets done, there has been a lot of resource damage with the concrete work, and I want the grounds looking the best they can as soon as possible, things grow rapidly in the jungle so things should look pretty good in a sort period of time. One of the areas we are most concerned about is the original pathway used by the Mayan people, it runs right next to the Cabana and has been criss-crossed with construction paths that need to be cleaned up to restore the original ground. Our plans are to have a map made of the original complex and have it posted at a central location with-in the campgrounds, this will take some effort, but it will be worth it in the end. That's about all for now, hope I can get this posted this morning. God Bless you all Larry & Tasha Couldn't get into the site until this afternoon, then I got kicked off, hope this isn't a duplicate posting. I will add some pictures this afternoon, maybe..... Reply to this Comment Thursday, 25 October 2007 - 3:38 PM MDT Name: "Barbara and Kraig" I just had a chance to look at your most recent photographs and they are very exciting...I love the ones you took during the rainstorm...even though the rain was not good for your progress! The new cabana is finally taking shape...I'm sure you are glad! The camp and grounds look good too...at least from what we can see! I'm sure you are not recording the messy bits! We are looking forward to checking everything out...by the way...flush toilets will be nice to have...even though not absolutely essential! SOME adventure tourists do like to have a few small comforts! Love to you and Tasha... Reply to this Comment Friday, 26 October 2007 - 7:41 AM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good Morning: Well, after two very long 12 hour days I am finally getting a chance to add another post. We have been cutting leaf, (thatch), it is thought that we will need about 1000 leaf to cover the roof, and as of last night we have 700 on the ground. Each leaf weighs, I would guess, about 35 pounds, that's 35 thousand pounds of leaf on the roof. It takes a very heavy support system to support that much weight I have a crew of six people, (four didn't show up) doing the cutting. It is very impressive watching them climb the palm trees and doing the cutting, I know that I wouldn't want to be the one in the tree doing the work, I did do a lot of hauling the leaf down to the construction site, and that wore me out, Tasha spent the first day running up and down the mountain with me, each time I went up she went ahead of me, and then ran down in front of as if to protect me, she barked at anybody that got in my way, it was really quite funny to watch her.. The second day however, she just kind of laid around, too tired to run up and down. As a matter of fact, so was I It was very cool this morning, my weather station said it was 68.2 degrees, I was wishing I had a furnace to light, I was actually cold until the sun came up, right now it is around 75 degrees and the sun is very bright with clear skies. It has rained both days we were cutting so the sun is a welcome visitor. I told you all that I had bought an additional water storage tank, 600 gallons, well, it is now completely full, that is how much it rained, the collection roof for the tank is about 14 feet by 20 feet. That is about all for right now, David has a tour group in town and I need to go and take three canoes down to the river for the tour, my poor truck, another load like the last one. I posted a few new pictures of the cutting, enjoy. Have a great day, and may God watch over all of us. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 26 October 2007 - 12:01 PM MDT Name: "Kelli and Gene Gautreau" Hello Larry. Greetings from Loveland Colorado! Still reading your posts and just amazed at the work you are doing down in Belize! Thought you were retired!?? The pictures of Tasha resting are great. She is a beautiful dog! So glad to hear how much she is enjoying the wilderness!! Gene has been in VA all week for more Xerox training. He comes home today, Ill have to let him know how youve been doing! Take care. Kelli Veit Gautreau Reply to this Comment Friday, 26 October 2007 - 10:32 PM MDT Name: "Chuck Nuckols" Just wanted to let you know the pigs ears are on the way. I still had to send them priorty mail the lady said it is the cheapest way. It's good to see things are starting to move along on the cabans It has to be frustrating when so many men fail to show for work Is the custom there to take off whenever you feel like it no matter how much work is to be or how much they need the money I hope to come see your camp in the near future Come up when you can Chuck Reply to this Comment Saturday, 27 October 2007 - 6:36 PM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hi all, Another very long day at the camp trying to get things done, some progress has been made with the construction, the outside wall frames are up, and most of the leaf has been cut and split, 740 leaf has been cut and split, another 260 is required. I will not be posting anymore pictures for a while, it seems that somebody needed my camera more than I did, they took it from the truck when I was waiting for David at his office. My fault, I didn't lock the truck and today was market day with lot's of people wandering around the street in front of David's office. Tasha was in the office with me and they just helped themselves. This is the second time I have had something stolen while in Belize, those of you that were on the relocation tour in Feb. remember that my room was broken into and they stole jewelry and money and my cell phone. The people of Belize would rather steal than work. I am a little bitter right now, and have lost a lot of respect for the Town of San Ignacio and the people of the town. I did file a police report, but like Placencia, I don't expect any results. So, it will be a while before I can get somewhere where I can buy a new camera. I will do my best to give a verbal description of what is happening with the site. That is about all for now, May God bless and keep us all, except for the thief. Tasha and Larry P.S., Kellie and Gene, send me your email address, firstname.lastname@example.org thanks Reply to this Comment Saturday, 27 October 2007 - 8:36 PM MDT Name: "Karen Anselmo" Hi Larry, Would you like us to pick you up a new digital camera, as we're on the way next week? I keep trying to impress upon Ron the need to keep track of important things, and lock doors, but he trusts everyone, until proven guilty. I, on the other hand, being originally from NY, know better.. Let me know if you'd like a small digital, and it'll be on the way with us.. ~Karen Reply to this Comment Saturday, 27 October 2007 - 9:26 PM MDT Name: "Chuck Nuckols" Larry, sorry to hear about all the stress with the workers and the loss of your camera It's nice of Karen to offer to bring you another. Are you going to be able to have your construction done in time for the tourist. What is considered the tourist season there. Why don't you post here on your page what services and facilities you will be offering when you are up and in full operation. Will you be offering tours ect. I seen Pam Williamson at the church yesterday, she asked about you, where you were and how you are doing. I gave her your web page and e mail address Hopefully she will check out your page and write Update on the Rockies they lost games 1&2 in Boston and are behind 6 to 0 in the bottom of the sixth in Denver. Pearl says hello to you and Tash I continue to pray for you Chuck Reply to this Comment Sunday, 28 October 2007 - 7:02 AM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hello all, Sunday, 28/10/2007 I want to thank all of you that expressed concern over the lost camera, and I want to especially thank Karen and Ron for their generous offer to bring me a new one when they re-locate to Belize, it is a big relief since I wasn't sure I could find a comparable one down here. Getting ready to go back out to camp this morning to try and get the leaf cutting done so we can start the roof on Monday. For information sake, we had a web designer out to camp yesterday taking pictures for our new web site that should be up and running in about two weeks, he took 200 pictures of the camp and the Ruins, and I am excited about what he has planned for the web site. The URL should be, www.davidsadventuretours.com , I will let you all know as soon as it is up and running. It will show all of the areas that David offers tours, as well as an on-line reservation form for everybody's use, we also are going to offer a multi-language version of the web page, sounds really exciting. That's all for right now, I have to run. Have a great day and may God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 28 October 2007 - 6:29 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Home Page: http://www.peacemealgarden.blogspot.com Well, we were so sorry to hear that your camera was stolen...but since that's the first thing you've lost since you moved down there...it's not TOO bad. If all the people of Belize were theives, you would have lost a lot more by now! When I lived in Colombia during the '70's they all told us that "EVERY Colombian lies, cheats, and steals." It's their greatest cultural pride. ("You mean even your GRANDMOTHER lies, cheats, and steals??? Oh, yes...all the time!") In their society you are honored by how much you are able to take from others. I was quite sick of it by the time I moved back to the USA...but it DID teach me to look out for my "stuff". It's hard for people who are very poor to observe how fortunate that Americans appear to be...They don't realize that most of us have to work very hard for the opportunities we have! They can't imagine what life in our country is like. At least the person who stole your camera probably didn't use it to buy drugs...which is often the case in the USA! I try to keep an open heart in those situations and pity the person who has to steal from others...even if it is just someone who stole out of malice, their life must be awfully bleak...and I am blessed in so many ways! The lack of work-ethic will be one of the hardest things for us to adjust to...we both have that training that says "Go to work, no matter what..." It seems kind of pathetic, but it gets things done! How much better if they would just tell you in advance..."I can't come that day." At least you could work around it! We're looking forward to seeing the web-page when it gets up-and-running. We've been so curious to see what you will offering to the public. We been trying to be patient, but we're excited to be seeing it all soon! I remember one of your first posts, you commented how dark it was at the camp...We are hoping that there will be fireflies! I've got to get back outside for more leaf raking! We finally got a stretch of dry weather, so we're trying to do all the yardwork in a very short time before the long Oregon winter sets in... Your rainy season should be ending any day now, though I know it can rain anytime in the tropics! You will be seeing a LOT more tourists in San Ignacio soon...that's for sure. Keep up the hard work, but don't overdue it! The thatching project sounds amazing! Give Tasha a big hug from us. We'll be seeing you soon! Don't be discouraged, you're doing a great job! Reply to this Comment Sunday, 28 October 2007 - 6:34 PM MDT Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Home Page: http://www.peacemealgarden.blogspot.com PS: That picture of the moon-rise is pretty cool...I'm glad you are planing to get another camera! Love to you, Larry! Reply to this Comment Monday, 29 October 2007 - 5:59 PM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hello all, Just a few lines to give you all an update. The walls are up, and the roof support beams are in place, David has gone up to the border to pick up the roof builder. so we should start putting the roof together tomorrow, I hope.....The leaf is all cut and almost all of it is split, stacked and ready to be put up. most of the leaf has been cut for four days now,so we are running out of time there as well.... And me without a camera. The most dramatic pictures of all would have been taken these past two days, but the good news is that our friend Karen and her husband Ron have already picked up a camera for me and it will be in Belize this Thursday. Thank you so much Karen. your are very much appreciated. That is all for now, it is late and these 12 hour days are getting to me , I am worn out, May God bless you all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Monday, 29 October 2007 - 7:11 PM MDT Name: "roxann rich" Home Page: http://larrywellington.com dear larry and tasha, sounds like help is on the way with karen and ron on there way to belize. i know it will lift your spirits to see some familiar faces.i cant wait to see pictures of the completed cabana. the weather here is cool in the morning but close to 80 in the afternoons. we are working on flooring contracts with the us postal system and have just finished panther junction which is in big bend national park.sure was in the middle of nowhere!!! just thought big spring is desolate.gaylord is on the mend and was off this weekend. we spent most of the day in midland at home depot and stuffing ourselves with fattening food. sure enjoyed our time together.take care, and anchor your stuff down!! roxann Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 30 October 2007 - 6:47 AM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good morning all, Well, it has rained very hard most of the night, and it is pouring right now. I would guess that about two inches fell last night, and I would think that another 2 inches has fallen this morning, that is going to make the road up to the camp impassable, and it had just begun to dry out. I don't know if David contacted the roof workers last night or not, but it may be as mute point if we can't get there except via canoe, with everything being soaked it makes it much harder to work, and if it continues to rain, I don't want people climbing up smooth timbers, too dangerous. I will post again tonight and let you know what happened, this is not what I needed at this point, I guess the bright side is that it seems to be clearing to the north, but still looks very threatening to the south and east. I also am very tired, and this may be a chance for me to rest for the day, and try and get some things done that need to be taken care of. My water tank was about half empty, but now it is full again, also the tanks at the camp were down and this will refill them so that is the up side to the rain, I only wish that I had gotten the plumbing done to the third tank, that would have been nice, another 300 gallons of water is always a good thing to have. So that is on my "things that need to be done" list, go buy the pipe and fittings. Have a great day, and may God bless us all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - 5:52 AM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good evening all, Tasha and I wound up going to the camp today, I picked up the pipe I needed, and got the 300 gallon tank connected to the 600 gallon tank, it took 120' of pipe to reach the tanks, we now have a total rain water capacity of 1200 gallons. It rained very hard this morning and again this afternoon, Tasha didn't seem to mind, she ran around checking on the other guys and myself, and at one point when it was really pouring she came to me and looked at me like,"are you nuts, come in out of the rain" I thought it was funny. No other work got done today, the contractor was trying to fix the uneven floor but had to quit due to the rain, I don't think I mentioned this before, but when he did the floor it came out concaved and had about 2 inches of water in the middle, so I made him re-pour the middle of the floor, he is about 3/4 complete with it. The roof workers were not on site for the same reason, rain, maybe tomorrow ??, I really don't need the rain, even though it will fill our tanks, I could use a few more dry days. That's about it for now, no new pictures, but maybe on Friday I will have some for you to look at. God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 5:51 AM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good morning all, 01/11/07 We did not get the roof started yesterday, the roof master was out of town and would not be back until last night, I am picking him up this morning about 6:30, so possibly we will have some action today, AND, Karen and Ron should be here tonight with my new camera so I can re-start taking pictures of the "progress", I put that in quotes because I am learning to not count on anything. Speaking about pictures, I went through all of the ones I have posted, and I found 23 spelling mistakes, please don't think that I am illiterate, I just have fumble "fingers" when it comes to typing. I am looking forward to seeing Ron and Karen this evening, it will be good to have some old acquaintances in town to converse with and socialize with as well. Tasha just got out of bed, she came to me to tell me it was time for her morning treat, thanks to Chuck Nuckols she has her Pigs Ears for her morning ritual, she finished it already and has gone back to bed. These past few days have been hard on her, she is not as active as she normally is, I left her home yesterday afternoon, and I will leave her home this morning, she, as well as I, need her rest. I have to come back into town this morning to go to the bank and the electric company and will pick her up then. Yesterday morning she just laid around the camp, and several time she came to me wanting to leave, she kept heading towards to steps down to the river and looked back at me as if to say, "lets go", when I finally said OK, she bolted down the steps. The steps down to the canoe landing are in desperate need of re-working, and the hand railing is falling down, hopefully we will get started on them next week, I have already bought about 500 feet of Bamboo to rebuild the railing, still looking for an effective means of cleaning the steps, they are very slippery. I also need to re-build the steps on both sides of the river leading to the canoe landing, the river has not as yet gone down enough to add the last post and chain, and I need to go buy some timbers to re-do the steps, so much to do, and so little time, and so little energy left. That's about all for now, may God bless you all. Larry Reply to this Comment Friday, 2 November 2007 - 12:15 PM MDT Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hi All A million and ten thanks to Karen Anselmo and her husband Ron, they brought me a new camera yesterday and I couldn't wait to post some new pictures, so, check the photo album, I uploaded a few I took this morning. They show some of the construction as well as the mess associated with the construction Tasha is a little off herself these past two days so I have been leaving her home to get rested up, I will leave her home this afternoon as well. That's all for right now, I will try and post again this evening, and add a few more pictures. God bless you all Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 5:33 AM MDT Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, It is Sunday morning and I have just posted some more pictures of the roof frame construction. It is now complete and we are ready to start putting up leaf on Monday. Justice, the roof construction manager thinks it will take about two days to hang the leaf. It has been a long road to this point and I wish I could say that the end is in sight, but, there have been so many delays thus far that I just don't want to predict the end, because as sure as I do, something is bound to pop up and delay things again. As soon as the roof is complete, I will have to have the contractor return and finish the floor, and start putting up the walls and the finishing of the inside, maybe. After the contractor delivers the remaining materials I have already paid for, I am thinking of letting him go. His work ethic is so poor that I can't trust him to do as he says he will do, also, I talked with one of the his men that worked on the foundation yesterday, and the contractor still has not paid him for his work, and that concerns me. Even though they don't have the same labor laws we have in the states I don't need this sort of problem. Justice is willing to finish the job for me. and from what I have seen so far, he has a very good work ethic, he starts early and ends late without having to take long breaks in between, and the quality of his work is very good. That is about it for now, I have to go and pick up two men to start getting things in place for tomorrow. Have a great day and may God be with us all. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 6:18 PM MDT Name: "Karen Bennet" Hi Bro, The pics of the roof are amazing! Are the workers part mountain goat? The rafters look like bamboo? Am I right? Really looking forward to seeing the thatch put on. Wish I could be there to see it go up. I wish that you would take it just a little easier though. It sounds like you are really wearing yourself out. I think that Tasha wouldn't mind a few days off too. Take care of yourself. Love Your Sis, Karen Reply to this Comment Monday, 5 November 2007 - 6:28 AM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good morning all, It is Monday morning and today we start putting up leaf, I can't be there this morning, my truck needs to go in for some work, the front brake pads are just about shot and need to be replaced, one of the tribulations of the rough driving it has been through these past two months, it's hard to believe that over two months have passed since I arrived in Belize, and the ton of miles I have driven since my arrival. My sister asked what kind of wood we used on the roof rafters, the wood is Sapodilla, a very hard and resilient wood, expected to last up to 50 years, termites excluded, we will treat the wood for them, that will keep them at bay for a period of time (I hope). I should be at the camp this afternoon, and I will take a few more pictures of the leaf crew ( 8 people) working on the roof, with any luck, they might be done by tomorrow night, or maybe Wednesday afternoon. I need to go and buy groceries for them to have their meals, down here part of their wages include food and lodging," Mas Comida" as they say in Spanish. Finding enough people trained in the leaf we are using has proved to be difficult, the leaf "Cahoon" not sure of the spelling, is a different type of leaf than normally used on thatch roofs, the Bay leaf is the most common, also the most expensive, we have plenty of Cahoon Palms on the property so the leaf was free, except for the labor to cut and split and stack, it is said that the Cahoon leaf sheds water as well as metal roofs, and lasts for up to 20 years if installed correctly, thus the need for experienced workers. That's all for now,more later, I hope. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Monday, 5 November 2007 - 5:09 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good evening all, Just returned from the camp, and the roof leaf project is proceeding at a typical Belizean pace, after one full day, they are about 1/5th complete, and it was estimated to take two- three days, at the pace they are going it will be more like 5 or 6 days. I am going to have a meeting with them tomorrow at lunch time and tell them I will only pay them for two days work regardless of how long they take, one crew had nearly the complete west side done, the other crew only had a few leaf hung in the same amount of time. I posted a few pictures tonight showing the progress. I just went over to Ron and Karen's house, and unfortunately they are leaving Belize, their house was broken-in-to the other night and they went into their bedroom while they were sleeping and stole things from Karen's purse, she also lost her new camera and cell phone plus some cash, it is a shame that this is the Belizean mind-set, steal what you can and don't bother working. I was so looking forward to showing them the camp, and around town, but that is not meant to be, they are leaving to go back to Florida tomorrow AM.. Good luck to them both, and I will miss them. That's about all for tonight, hopefully I can get into my web site to post this tonight. May God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 4:16 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hello all, Well, I did it, I fired 4 of the workers from a town near here called Bullet Tree, they turned out to be the laziest most argumentative people I have ever met, they argued with me when I said that I was not satisfied with the progress they were making. When I arrived this morning they were hanging around doing nothing, they told my manager of the roof construction that they would do things their way, not his. Justice, the manager told David that he could not work with them, so I stepped in and told them that I was the boss, and that Justice was the manager and if they didn't like that they could please leave the property. So, anyway, I now have only 5 workers doing the leaf, David is picking up two more tomorrow. The progress is little more than what I already posted yesterday in the photo album, but I will take more pictures tomorrow. When I left this afternoon they were about to finish up the east side of the building, and are about ready to start the north side. I spent the morning taking out my frustrations by hauling the slash leaf out to our trash pile, it is getting very large, it is amazing the amount of leaf they can't use, and the trim ends, I hauled about 25 wheel barrow loads over to the pile, it should make for a good bon-fire when it dries. I finally talked with the programmer that is doing David's web site, and we lost .com, so the web site will be www.davidsadventuretours.net , I hated to lose the .com extension, but it has been taken by some other individual, so some advertising is going to be needed, the web site should be up next Monday. That's about it for today, Tuesday, 06/11/07 God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 3:49 PM MST Name: "Kraig and Barbara" Well, Larry...I have to say that you are holding up amazingly well...it must be very frustrating to have the work progressing at such a slow pace. But in truth...more of the world works on a slow going timetable than at the furious pace we are used to here... As you are there longer, you will find more dedicated workers, I'm sure. After Karen and Ron's experience, I hope you have given some thought to security issues! I appreciate the protection of having even a small dog. I bet Tasha's presence has saved you more trouble than you know! Kraig spoke to Karen on the phone last night, and they got home safely. We are planning to cancel our reservation at Cahal Pech on principle, so we will be more flexible when we are there in San Ignacio.! Friends of ours from here in Estacada are in Belize now for a few weeks. I'm hoping you will get to meet them, and show them around your camp. They bought some acres of land at Black Man Eddy on the Belize River, and hope to develop it for lodging in about three years, so I am certain they would be interested to hear about your adventures. The new pictures are amazing...we follow along with the blog, even though we've been too busy to post much! We'll see you in February, and I think Rob will be there by then as well! Keep up the good work...don't get discouraged! Love to you both. Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 4:47 PM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Greetings all, I only spent about five hours at camp today, most of that time I spent hauling leaf pieces to the slash pile, it's getting pretty big, we had to move over to the side of the pile because it was starting to get too high to throw the slash on top, I have never been so dirty, I have to change clothes every day. I uploaded seven more pictures of the roof thatch installation tonight, it took 20 minutes to upload them, my web server gets slower and slower each time I upload. The east and west walls are complete, and I would imagine that the north wall will be complete tonight before they call it a day. What a difference with cooperative workers, they are moving along at a reasonable clip, and no arguments between them, Justice, the roof manager, is very happy with the crew he has today, unlike the other people I had to fire, no talking, just working and working smoothly I might add. Tasha spent the day running around as usual, only one incident, one of the camp dogs has a puppy, and she keeps wanting to,sniff Tasha, well, Tasha doesn't want any dog sniffing her, so once, she went after the puppy for sniffing, and the mother dog went after Tasha. The camp dogs are wild dogs that have been taken in by David, so they have a different attitude than Tasha does. The dogs know me, and Tasha, and they great me when I arrive, and accept Tasha with reservation, they know she belongs to me, so they tolerate her, but that's about it. She has to watch her P's & Q's with them, but they now listen to me when I stop them from going after Tasha. The roof thatch should be done by tomorrow evening, and we can start cleaning up the mess they have made, I just didn't think that there would be that kind of scrap from the leaf, it just amazes me the amount we are throwing away, I keep looking for a use for it, but haven't found one yet, one of the things I want done, in the short term, is to add additional leaf to the sides of the necessary room, there is very little siding on the building at present, and until I get the new bathroom built I need to add additional leaf to the existing building, (privacy you know). The next project is going to be the shower building,I hope to start on that by the end of the month, and I hate to predict how long that is going to take, should be only a few days but........ one never knows. That's about it for tonight, more later, I hope. God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 5:48 AM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good morning: It is now Saturday morning and I am sitting on the patio shivering. Another cool morning, 62 degrees with clear skies, no sign of rain yet, hoping for some this weekend. the water tanks a just about done so it has to rain soon or we will have to start pumping from the river, and right now the river is pretty dirty looking, muddy, don't know why, no rain in the mountains so you would think that it would start to clear up. The roof thatch is complete, all that remains is the final trimming of the bottom edge to clean it up a bit. I talked with the owners of the adjacent lodge, and they have a well to draw from when their tanks run low, I guess I need to think about that also. The problem is, we are about 500 feet higher than they are and it would be extremely difficult to get a well drilling rig into the camp, if even possible. Remember the back road is a four wheel drive road,?? need to give this some thought. The next thing to be done with the cabana is to have the contractor come in and finish the walls, I am also thinking of having an electrician come in and wire the new cabana for electricity, we do not have electricity yet, but, pre-planning is better than after the fact work. I have been exhausted these past two days and just didn't have the energy to post any comments, sorry about that, but I am taking this weekend off to rest and get some things done at the house I am living in, it is in desperate need of cleaning, and laundry needs to be done, or go around without any clothes on, and I don't think that the neighbors would appreciate that. One of the things I don't think I have mentioned before is that there are 5 roosters in my neighborhood and they start crowing around 3:30 each morning, and you need to have open windows at night to cool the house down sooo, I get woke up every morning even before the crack of dawn I posted some pictures this morning, and just after I did, I lost my internet connection, my neighbor, the one whose connection I use has turned his wireless router off, so I may need to go over to the hotel and log into the "hot-spot" and send this post, I hate to do that though, it costs $16.00 for the connection. Hopefully the connection I use will come back later today, I will keep trying. Not a lot more to report, I plan on going down to Belize city sometime this week with the owner of the adjacent lodge, he has told me of several places to buy equipment at better prices than I can get in this area, they even have a Home Depot type of store that has much better prices than anywhere else, I also need to look for a refrigerator that runs on Butane. I want to be able to offer a wider variety of foods when we start having guests, and without refrigeration that is impossible.. I have looked into several internet services that advertise for the resorts around the world, and many of them specialize in the Belize area, it is somewhat expensive, but for the first year I nee all the exposure I can get, so I think it will be worth it in the long run. Having lost the .com extension, when David's web site comes up on Monday it won't have much impact on our business so I need to advertise elsewhere, and travel websites offer the best exposure for the money. When I do list with them I will post the links for you to review and comment on, any input I receive from you all is appreciated. Some of the sites I am looking at are, Bed & Breakfast choices.com and Lanier Travel guide, My Belize adventure and Peace Corner.com. If anybody has other sites in mind, let me know. That's it for today, God bless you all. Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 4:06 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi All, Just a short note to let you know that I posted 3 new pictures today, 15/11/07. We have started construction on the new shower, we poured the cement floor and ran the water pipe to the building. It will be 5x5 when finished, and have hot and cold running water, we had some extra cement left over, so we added some steps, and a small porch, might put a small bench on the porch. I am still waiting for the contractor to come back and finish the cabana. I am going to go and pick up the lumber and fixtures for the shower tomorrow. with any luck it will be complete by Tuesday or Wednesday. I am not holding my breath however. The one good thing about the shower, the people building it are my crew so I have some control over what happens. That's all for now. Larry & Tasha Reply to this Comment Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 8:14 PM MST Name: "Karen" Hi Larry It's been a few days since I had looked at your photo album and I was really surprised how much has been completed. The thatching is very interesting. Sorry to hear about the misfortune of your friends. The people in Belieze are so bold. Sounds like they don't have too many morals either. How do you keep them out of your casita? You seem to be away from there for hours at a time. Take care of yourself and lock up your valuables! Karen Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 21 November 2007 - 5:27 AM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good Morning all, It has been a few days since I last posted so I thought I had better let you know what was happening, and what progress has been made. Monday was a holiday in Belize, it was Garifuna Settlement Day, not quite sure just what it celebrated, but everything was closed for the day so no work was accomplished, Tuesday it rained nearly all day long, so again not much was accomplished. The shower still stands as it did last Saturday, and my roof manager is not available today, so now it will be Thursday before anything more gets done. My hopes that the shower would be completed by today have come and gone, that is the way it is here in Belize, never bet on anything, except that you have to continually watch your belongings, I had another theft from my truck over the past two days, not sure when, but I noticed it yesterday. I had an old worn-out saw blade for my skill saw in the bed of my truck and somebody helped themselves to it. The ironic part of it is that the blade was worthless, and I was going to throw it away, but the thieves here in Belize WILL steal anything not locked-up or tied down, and I am not sure of the tied down part of that statement. I still cannot get in contact with the contractor to finish the cabana, so today I am going to go to court and file suit against him for breech of contract and theft of monies, he still owes me over $1800.00 in materials that I have already paid him for. Tomorrow, is of course Thanksgiving, but it is not a holiday here in Belize, so it is just another workday, I will miss the festivities of the family gathering and the big meal, it was one of Joyce's favorite holidays. I hope that you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, and know that I will be envious. Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 21 November 2007 - 11:30 AM MST Name: "Karen T." Wishing you a most Happy Thanksgiving Day.Know that you will be thought of. Glad to see so much progress lately. Can't wait to see it for myself. Blessings~ Karen T. Reply to this Comment Thursday, 22 November 2007 - 2:27 PM MST Name: "roxann rich" Home Page: http://larrywellington.com dear larry, sounds like you have made some progress. i have found in any undertaking it always takes more money and moves at a snail's pace. if you were in bs today, you would think you were in colorado. it has been snowing for the last 6 hours. i have not seen this much snow here in 10 years. on sunday i was laying in the hammock by the pool and basking in the sun , a pleasant 85 degrees. i had planned on meeting my sister and her family in lubbock for thanksgiving today, but the roads are to bad to travel. so it lookes like gaylord and i will be eating the 10 pounds of mashed potatoes i was to carry to lubbock for the next week. my sister has the turkey with her!!! hope you have a good thanksgiving day. you are in our prayers. roxann Reply to this Comment Sunday, 25 November 2007 - 4:11 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, It is Sunday morning and another week has passed, and still the roof is not up on the new shower and the cabana still sits as it was last Sunday. I talked with the contractor earlier this week and he will not come back to finish the job nor will he supply me with the materials I have paid him for, come to find out, this is his normal way of doing things, I have talked with several people,"which I should have done before I hired him", and they all stated that he was known for doing this type of thing, that is, getting paid and then not completing the job. When I talked with him be was very belligerent and when I told him that he left me no choice but to take him to court he said, and I can't use his exact words, "go ahead, I don't give a ----". So, I was going to file on him last Friday, but didn't have the time, but I will do it on Monday, perhaps I can mess up his Christmas as he has messed up mine. The new roof for the shower won't be done until, " I hope" Tuesday of this week. The roof manager, Justice, is an alcoholic, and when I paid him last week he went on a drinking binge and was not able to work. I already knew about his drinking problem, and it was suggested that I give his pay to his daughter whom he lives with, but I do not feel comfortable giving a mans pay to somebody else. This time however, it really won't matter as this is the last work I will have for him, and it should only take 1-2 days to complete, and he will live on-site until the roof is done, and he won't have access to any booze. I talked with a different contractor yesterday, and I will take him out to the camp and have him look at the job that remains with the cabana, and this time I will have him sign a written contract for a fixed fee to complete the cabana and it will include a set time frame, with penalties for failure to complete. The old saying of "once burned, twice shy" really applies to me now. Tasha had a scary experience yesterday, we were down at the river and she chased a lizard across the ground and into the river, except the lizard went across a vine thicket at the river bank and she didn't know that the vines would not support her weight, she went down in about 3 feet of water and was underwater and not able to get back out or get her head above the water level, I had to jump in to pull her out, she looked like a drowned rat when I pulled her to the bank. Her collar was too lose, and it almost came off of her before I got her above water, maybe it is time to think about putting a harness on her, it was just as scary for me as it was for her. It took her about 3-4 minutes before she stopped shaking. We have had some rain this past week, but not enough to fill the water tanks, I am hoping for some more this week. I have bought the materials to finish the inside of the new shower, I am going to use Formica paneling for the walls, I chose a light cream color with a swirl pattern to it, I bought a shower valve from the hardware store in Belmopan, and after the roof is up I will install the paneling and valve inside the shower. I want to use a metal door on the shower but have not yet found one locally, I will probably have to go over to Spanish Lookout to find one, just a small inconvenience considering all the other problems. I talked with the web designer last week, and he had been waiting for David to pay him for the fees for doing his web page, I paid him the ISP fee and he told me the site would be up last Thursday, well........ Still no web site, I have to try and find him again tomorrow and find out why, I can't list the camp ground on the travel web sites until the web page is on-line as that is the link to it. I wish that I were three people, that way I can be in three places at the same time, it seems like that is what I have to do, and I have not been able to count on David to help me cover some of the bases as he has been busy with tour groups and is not very available, The town is beginning to see a lot of tourists, and I am missing out on a lot of potential business. It is very foggy this morning and that means that it will be another sunny and warm day in San Ignacio, good, I can get my laundry done, I can't do it if it rains, no dryer, sure do miss those small conveniences. I have not been able to get into my web page access this week, so I have not posted any new pictures, hopefully that will change this week and I will post some pictures of the completed shower,AND, hopefully some pictures of the cabana being finished...... That's about all for this morning, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I didn't do anything except work that day, and later I found out that several of the local restaurants offered a thanksgiving meal, so I missed out on that also, but that's OK, I was too tired to go out when I finally got back to the house, and too dirty to go to a restaurant before I got back. Have a great week, and I will post again later this week. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Monday, 26 November 2007 - 5:04 AM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hooray, the web site is up, well, almost, now when you go to www.davidsadventuretours.net you will no longer get a re-direct. the site is still under construction, but at least you will find something, Check it out, and keep watching for updates. Larry and Tasha Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 12:57 PM MST Name: "margaret & Jim" Good luck Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 1:01 PM MST Name: "margaret & Jim, Scotland" We are so enjoying your blog page Larry. Where do you get the energy? Just back from 3 weeks vacation in Costa Blanca, Spain. please let us have your postal address - also I can't access your e-mail address, it has been changed??? Good luck and God bless xxx Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 4:41 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi all, Just a few short lines to say hello and let everybody know that we are alive and almost well, not really, we are very well all things considered. The new shower, outside is now complete,( I will post pictures tomorrow ), I didn't take my camera today, tomorrow I will start finishing the inside and find a door for it this weekend, I hope. We started putting the outside paneling on the cabana today, and have nearly 1/3 of it up as of 4 PM today, I have been waiting for the electrician to come and start the wiring of the new cabana, no electricity as of yet, but being ready for it is much better than trying to add it later. I ordered the windows for the cabana this afternoon, and they may be ready for me by next Thursday, a week from tomorrow. I also ordered the drywall for the inside of the new cabana today, should be here sometime next week, but need the electrician to finish his part before I can hang the it. The web site for David's tours is up and running, www.davidsadventuretours.net it shows a small part of the camp area and the south temple of the ruins, I hope to have a web site up sometime next week that lists the campgrounds with reference back to David's tours, once that web site is up I will list it with the travel sites I mentioned earlier. For those of you that don't know, the last posting from Margaret and Jim, they are good friends of mine from Scotland, they gave me a fantastic tour of Scotland when I was there last year, Thank you M & J for following my adventure, and hopefully I can return the favor in Belize. It has been raining the past two days and that has slowed things down a bit, but the outside work is now finished, and all that remains is inside work, so, let it rain, I need to fill the water tanks. That's about it for now, I promise I will post more pictures tomorrow night, and they will include the paneling on the cabana. God bless and keep you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 5:53 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hello all, As promised, I have uploaded 8 new picture tonight, they are on page 12 of the photo album, there are now 197 pictures of the adventure, please enjoy. The construction of the cabana is now again underway, we should finish the siding this week, perhaps even by tomorrow night, but I am not holding my breath. Now I have to wait for the interior drywall to ne delivered, it should be here next week, as well as the windows for the rooms. One of the pictures taken from the inside shows two of the windows and one of the doors, there are two doors and two windows in each room, plenty of cross ventilation. I have some exciting news to report tonight, I signed papers with the owner of the land the camp sits on, and I am now the owner of the property, I don't know if I mentioned previous to tonight, but there have been some problems with the family of the owner and there have been quite a few conflicts over the use of the land. I started negotiations with the owner about three weeks ago, and we finally came to terms on Tuesday, we both signed the paperwork tonight transferring ownership to me. Buying property in Belize is a rather complex procedure, but with his signature on the paperwork tonight I have become the owner of the land. Tomorrow I will write the check to him, and it will be a done deal, partially, a land survey needs to be completed as well as a title transfer from the Country, this is expected to take about three months, at that time I will need to pay a stamp fee equal to 15% of the sales price, and a $50.00 registration fee to register the title with-in the country of Belize. Needless to say, I am excited over this new development in my continuing adventure in Belize. Anyway, that's about all for tonight, I will try and update again this weekend, have a great evening, and may God guide and keep us all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 1 December 2007 - 8:51 AM MST Name: "Karen" Great progress Larry! I think it is teriffic that you were able to purchase the land. I'm sure that gives you a lot of peace of mind. Has Tasha gone "swimming" again? A long time ago, our cocker spaniel, Freddie Mac, ran off the end of a dock and the look of panic in his eyes as he dog paddled back to shore made us all feel so sorry for him. Then we started to laugh. That is until we got a whiff of the 'wet dog' perfum and knew we had an hour long drive home! Take care. Love Your Sis, Karen Reply to this Comment Sunday, 2 December 2007 - 5:30 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, It is Sunday morning and it has been raining very hard for the past two hours and that is a good thing, hopefully we will receive enough rain to fill the main water tank at the camp. There is not a lot more to report on the construction of the cabana, except to say that all of the siding is up, and the doors are framed ready for us to build the doors, and wait for the windows which may be here on Thursday, the drywall for the interior will be here tomorrow, hope there is no rain then, if it is raining we will have to wait until it clears before they deliver it. We have to stage the drywall and carry it across the river on the canoe and if it is raining it would destroy it. Dave and I are picking up the electrician this morning so he can measure for the electrical materials, and then I will pick it up next week so he can wire the new cabana, then we will install the drywall and start painting. We are looking a completion date of the third week of December, about one month past the original completion due date. It has been a long and expensive project so far, over 32 K invested and more yet to go, but in the long run Dave and I should be able to re-coup that money in about 5 years, I hope. Dave and I talked yesterday about trying to buy some additional acreage to the south side of the existing acreage, this would offer us better access to the property, and not have to use the four wheel drive road and allow us to build a small parking lot for the customers. We have to wait until the survey is done to determine the exact boundaries, and the amount of land needed, then we will talk with the father about it. Things seem to be moving at light speed compared with the past activities. That's about it for now, hope to have some more pictures today, that is if we get the shower finished. God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Sunday, 2 December 2007 - 3:40 PM MST Name: "Cherie" Wow Larry - so much progress. Looks amazing. When can we come and stay? We spent the last 2 weekends skiing in Austria - been tons of fun. Miss you. Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 5 December 2007 - 3:38 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Greetings, I posted a few pictures this morning, they are on page 12 & 13 of the photo album. The installation of the Formica paneling is now underway, the electrical installation is complete and the drywall is here and we will start installing it sometime today, Wednesday. We had guests on Monday, a couple from Belgium, they were a delightful couple and we enjoyed their visit. More later. Tasha and Larry. Reply to this Comment Sunday, 9 December 2007 - 4:24 PM MST Name: "roxann rich" Home Page: http://larrywellington.com dear larry , greetings from big spring. looks like you are making some real progress,and have already had your first customers-guests. the pictures are great. have you seen many snakes?? barb and i met up with brendy last weekend in austin and had a great time. i was planning on returning to austin this friday, but i tripped over my own shoes last night and think i have broken some bones in my left foot. i am going to try and get in to see big springs only foot doctor tomorrow. keep up the good work. roxann Reply to this Comment Monday, 10 December 2007 - 4:42 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, Well, I wish that there was lot's of new information I could share with you about the progress at the camp, and about the drywall installation, but unfortunately there is not much good news to pass on. It turns out the David's cousin that was supposed to know all about drywall, knew nothing about it. I spent two nights at the camp so that I would be there first thing to direct the installation, and it wound up that I had to do the work myself. I did get all the inside walls covered, and still need to do the interior divider walls. I have a new man coming today to finish hanging the drywall, and start the seam and screw hole filling and sanding, hopefully that will be done in about three more days. The windows did not arrive on Thursday as promised, now it will be this Thursday, the shower is finished on the inside, still need to find a door, maybe this week, it is looking more and more like I will need to hang a shower curtain for the time being. David and I need to go to Belmopan today for a meeting with the Belize tourism board, it is a meeting of all the tour operators to discuss what is, and is not being done by the government of Belize to help promote tourism in the country, and to vote on new by- laws of the tourism board. It will most likely be an all day affair. I do have a few new pictures to post, but I am waiting until I can show a more complete picture of the cabana and shower. We have discovered a slight problem with the foundation on the new cabana, we are getting wicking of the moisture from the ground, and the cement floor is constantly damp, I am going to have the workers dig a perimeter drain around the foundation and then apply waterproofing to the foundation, hopefully this will cure the problem. One thing after another, but I guess it is all in a days work. I should have known of the wicking issue and had the drain installed when they poured the foundation, but I left it to the contractor to do the proper job, silly me, now I know better. If you don't do it yourself, it won't get done properly. Anyway, things are back to a snails pace, and it is looking more and more like it will be the very end of December, or the first of January before it is 100% complete. The weather has been very nice, warm and dry until last night, it started to rain about midnight and is still raining lightly this morning, but other than the wicking issue, the rain will not stop the work on the inside. I have the wood for the cabana doors, and David's cousin will start to make them this morning, and should be nearly done by the end of the day, I say should be because I know how they work when we are not there to oversee what they are doing. That's about it for today, I will try and update again in a day or two. May God bless and keep you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 15 December 2007 - 4:33 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning: It is early Saturday morning, and I was finally able to get into my web page and upload a few pictures. My internet has been non-existent for the past week, I have not been able to receive any emails all week long. don't know what is going on, when I attempt to get on-line I have a connection for a few seconds, or maybe a minute, then it goes away, don't know if it is my computer or the provider, but it has been very frustrating. The windows finally arrived yesterday, Friday, and to my dismay, they are not the size promised, I will have to remove some of the drywall and re-size the window openings, I need to make then 1 1/2 inch larger top to bottom, fortunately the drywall man never came this week, ( he had a death in his family ??) so nothing is finished inside and we only need to remove the screws holding the drywall in place, not a major task, but frustrating to say the least. We did get the block foundation plastered this week, and two of the doors are hung, I had to have the carpenter re-do the doors because he didn't build a door frame before he hung them,. "he is supposedly a trained carpenter". These are the types of problems that have been constant throughout the entire building project, it seems like the workers are only partially trained in their supposed specialty, I keep having to show them what and how to do something, there is no way I could go away for a couple of days and rely on what they would do, I have zero faith in their abilities The new pictures are on page 13 of the photo album, and after I uploaded them, the report back from my provider is that there are now 187 photo's in the album, wow, I didn't think there were that many. Hopefully my internet will be more reliable this week, and I will be able to post more pictures and comments, lets hope so. Tasha had a run-in with one of the camp dogs the other day, and was bitten on the flank by it, it got infected, so I had her at the Vet's office yesterday afternoon, he gave her a shot and some antibiotics to take for the next week, I hope that this will take care of the infection. She seems better this morning although she is very sensitive in that area and cries when I touch it, but it does look better. At first we" the workers from the area" thought she might have gotten a "beef-worm" in her skin, but the Vet said No, it was just a puncture wound that had become infected, I don't know what would have been worse ?? beef worms can be removed rather easily by squeezing the tissue and forcing them out, and then apply a local antiseptic to the wound site. Anyway, that is life in the Jungle, and will be a part of our life from here on out. Nothing more to report at this time, but I will try again tomorrow to update. God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 15 December 2007 - 3:54 PM MST Name: "Phil P" Hi Larry and Tasha, I am enjoying the pictures and stories immensely. Was that visitor a poisonous coral snake ? It has finally gotten cold in Fort Fun. Not nearly as bad as last year . We have had snow(4-6 in ) down for about 10 days. It was like summer when I went to Michoacan two weeks ago and the arctic when I returned. ..... I know that you are frustrated with the construction , but what a beautiful place you have picked ! I am hoping to build in Michoacan. in a few years and know there will be challenges galore. All is well here... the store is busy with shoppers for the holidays. Always good to hear from you ! Take care and God Bless . Feliz Navidad ! Peace............... Phil Reply to this Comment Saturday, 15 December 2007 - 4:22 PM MST Name: "Chuck" Larry it's good to hear you are making progress on the camp. The pictures help me see how things are built there I hope to get back down there and spend a few days with you What would you have done if you hadn't know something about the building trade. Maybe after you train the locals when you need some work done you can find a person that knows what they are doing. I really enjoy hearing about your adventure. You ability to navagate the road blocks can encourage those of us that are considering moving to Beilze. I think you are wise to buy the extra land to get better acess to the camp. And stop another from cutting your camp off in wet weather Chuck Reply to this Comment Monday, 17 December 2007 - 9:05 AM MST Name: "Barb " Loved the photos. I am impressed with the finished product. As a certified interior designer I give you "10" considering all of the challenges you have had. Since it is cold here also, the thatched, open rooms say warmth and are very inviting. I admire your courage and faith to press forward. Who knows who you might inspire to follow in your steps. How are you going to celebrate Christmas. Please send photos....In my prayers and In His Love, Barb Hall Reply to this Comment Monday, 17 December 2007 - 3:03 PM MST Name: "Al Vautier" Larry, I so enjoy reading about your adventure. You really looked trim in the ONLY picture of you in your photo album. Please post more pictures with you in them. Let me know when you have the camp open for visitors. I would like to visit and have a happy hour with you at the camp. Al Vautier Reply to this Comment Saturday, 22 December 2007 - 7:44 PM MST Name: "Karen" Hi Larry Haven't heard anything from you in a few days. It's almost Christmas and wonder what you will be doing. Rick and I will be going to Indiana to spend the holiday with Jeff and our sweet granddaughter, Elle. They were here for Thanksgiving. Hope to see a posting from you soon. Karen Reply to this Comment Thursday, 27 December 2007 - 3:35 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Surpiise, I was able to get into my web page, so I will post the email I just sent out for those not included in my email list. Hi All, Well, yesterday was also a holiday here in Belize, they celebrate Boxing Day,? not sure just what it is for, but I think it is a day set aside to recover from the heavy drinking they do on Christmas Day, it is an English holiday, also celebrated in Canada. Christmas in Belize is celebrated like we would celebrate the 4th of July, lots of fireworks, all night long, I finally fell asleep around three in the morning, and got up around 5, and I heard fireworks at 5;30, I guess they never sleep. I had a very nice Christmas, in fact I had two Christmas dinners. My neighbor across the street brought me a plate of food around 12, and I was invited over to a friends house for dinner at 4:30, so I was well fed that day. I didn't feel good on Wednesday, I felt weak and dizzy most of the day so I stayed home and tried to catch up on the sleep I lost on Christmas Eve, David picked up my truck at 6 PM, I took my shower and was in bed by 7 PM, I took a sleeping pill and didn't wake up until 2:30, I went to the bathroom and went back to bed until 4:30, so today I felt pretty good. I went out to camp and started doing the drywall installation myself, I should finish it by about noon or so tomorrow, I would have stayed longer today and done more, but I needed to buy more blades for my utility knife, the worker I had took the two spare blades I had on hand, Thanks a lot Ellis. Christmas day was a beautiful day, it was about 83 degrees, with only a few white puffy clouds in the sky, a very pleasant day to say the least, and today was near perfect, partly cloudy and about 82 degrees, a slight breeze from the north, this morning however was very chilly, 62 degrees with a breeze out of the north, I needed my sweater sitting on the patio. I had to stop this morning and buy more hardwood to trim out the doors, and I think I will need to buy more hardwood to rebuild the doors the "carpenter" made, he did an absolutely horrible job on them, and I don't have enough extra wood on hand to rebuild them, and he wonders why I don't have anymore work for him to do...... My internet is still very flakey and I am not able to get into my web server to post any comments, but I will keep trying, I do have a couple of new pictures to post, so I will try again in the morning. I hope every body had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to a fantastic New Year, I know I am. God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 27 December 2007 - 3:57 PM MST Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry So glad to hear that you were able to get into your blog and post a message. I have missed hearing about your progress. We are back from Indiana. We had a ral nice time. We went to a beautiful hotel/casino in Frndch Lick for a wonderful buffet for Christmas Day dinner. Jeff then took us to West Baden Springs Hotel for a tour. It is an astounding place. I looked up David's tourism web ite. Very interesting. Hope to see more pictures of your site in the future. Take care and we wish you a prosperous New Year. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Thursday, 3 January 2008 - 3:36 AM MST Name: "Larry & Tasha" A note to my sister Karen, I have tried to reply to your emails but you are not receiving them, I sent a test to my mailing list, and most have replied back, so they are receiving them. Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 3 January 2008 - 4:30 AM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Good Morning all, I spent the day yesterday, Wednesday, over in Spanish Lookout having my truck worked on. The roads out to the camp have taken their toll on the front-end, I had to have the ball joints on the left front replaced, and we discovered that the right front also needs to be replaced, so I made an appointment to have them replaced next Monday, there was not enough time left yesterday to take care of the right side, it takes about three and a half hours to replace the ball joints and they were backed up with previous appointments. I was lucky to get the worst ones taken care of as it was, there was supposed to be another customer there, but he never showed up so they took my truck in his spot. I left there at about three in the afternoon. Also, about two months ago I had the front brakes replaced but they were making a lot of noise, when they pulled the left front wheel off they discovered that the pads were cracked, and that was what was making the noise, so I had to replace the pads as well. Over-all, the work cost me $333.00 Bz, that is $166.50 U.S., a bargain I think, I would hate to think what it would have cost in the states for the same job. I really hate to make this next statement considering what is happening in Colorado, but, it has been cold here the past two days, it never reached 70 degrees yesterday, the high was only 68, and this morning it is 61. I have my heaviest jacket on and am still cold. I talked with my sister Karen, from MO.yesterday and she said it was 6 degrees there Brrrr. I am supposed to have a contractor out to camp today to help finish the interior of the cabana, again, I am not holding my breath, but just maybe it will happen today. With any luck at all, it should be done in about three days, that includes taping and sealing all the seams on the drywall, and sanding and finishing, next we will paint and then I can go and pick-up the beds for the rooms, I already have the small tables for each room, just need to buy the rest of the furniture. I still need to install four more windows, but that should only take one day to finish, and then I have screens to put over the windows on the outside, something that can wait until spring when insects may become a problem. It seems kind of strange to install window screens when the roof is open all around the cabana, but for customer satisfaction and comfort and peace of mind, it makes sense. That's about all for today, More later. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 12 January 2008 - 4:34 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, I started doing the finishing on the drywall yesterday, I have applied the rough finish coat to one room and with any luck I will be able to sand it today and apply the finish cover, not just quite sure how I an going to apply the texture coat, but one thing at a time, I will cross that bridge when I get to it. We have a couple from Czechoslovakia visiting us, they came to spend one night, and enjoyed the campground so much they stayed for an additional night, they have particularly enjoyed the river and have spent most of their afternoons in it. He is a contractor and had lots of stories to tell me about all of his labor problems back home, he faces the same problems I face getting good workers, and how they really don't know their job. Kind of refreshing in a way, at least I know that it is not unique to this area. The weather has been quite nice these past two days, very warm in the afternoons with lot's of sunshine, hopefully that will continue, it is still very cool in the mornings, in the high 60's, but around 9 or so it clears up and gets warm, I can live with that. I hope all is well with you, I think of you all often, and pray that all is well, have a great day. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Saturday, 12 January 2008 - 7:22 PM MST Name: "Karen Bennett" Larry is was so good to hear from you. Loved the phone calls but glad we have the e-mail thing worked out. Evidently Embarq thought that since your e-mail originated from Belize that you must be a spammer. Rick was able to set them straight so now I should be able to receive all of your e-mails. Haven't looked at the latest pictures yet but I'm sure they are awesome. Take care of yourself. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 15 January 2008 - 4:54 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hello all. Well, David and I spent the entire morning in court waiting for our case to be heard, it turns out that the defendant has filed a counter suit against me for labor he has never completed, he filed the counter suit last Wednesday, the day we were originally scheduled for trial. He told David he was going to try and delay the suit as long as he could. The Magistrate rescheduled out date to next Wednesday, the 23rd, at 11 AM, I am ready for him, and will press even harder now that he has done this. The Magistrate commented that it was strange that his counter suit was for the exact amount of my suit Hmmmm..... I went out to camp this afternoon, and the drywall contractor has finished the rough coat for all four rooms, and hoped he could start the sanding this afternoon late, he has accomplished a lot in the 8 hours he had to work, he needs to leave tomorrow afternoon, but he said that his son-in-law would come out and finish what he does not. It feels good having a worker that really knows what he is doing for a change, and is willing to work without constant supervision, wish I could find about six more just like him. I posted a new picture on my web site, be sure and check it out. More tomorrow, I hope. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 15 January 2008 - 9:22 PM MST Name: "Bob Meyer" Hey Larry Just wanted to say hi, and I wish you'd quit picking on all of those poor folks just needing to put in a good day's work and get paid for it (good grief !!). Isn't the old saying often so too true...??? two steps back..one forward ? Persistence will get you where you want to be soon now. I've been very busy at work with a complete demo and rehab of our office space while at the same time I maintained workstations with LAN and phone....it was a very big pain, but you're the only one I probably can't complain to. It's 90% done now, and I'm now in catch-up mode. Your pics look great...hopefully soon you'll be able to sit back, take it all in, and be proud of what you've accomplished. FYI snow's coming in tomorrow, now that we finally got rid of our glacier ice around here. Take care. Bob Reply to this Comment Monday, 21 January 2008 - 5:05 PM MST Name: "Karen Bennett" Hey Bro I sure hope that 'no news is good news'. Are you still having trouble getting on the internet? Miss hearing about your continuing saga. Hope to hear from you soon. Karen Reply to this Comment Monday, 28 January 2008 - 3:56 PM MST Name: "Larry and Tasha" Hello all, Well, first things first, I finally have my own internet connection and am not relying on somebody else for service, the service I have is not the greatest, 128k, but it is better than what I have had in the past so from now on I will post my comments on the web page instead of using email. Second thing, David and I were in court from 10 this morning until 3 this afternoon, we argued and discussed all things pertinent, the contractor lied about most everything, including the price he quoted me for the construction of the cabana, I think that the Magistrate saw thru his lies, but I won't find out her decision until NEXT Monday at 11 AM, she sure has a way of dragging out things. I have not been out to camp since last Saturday, so I don't have a lot more to report, the worker that is doing the finish and painting for me did come back to work today so hopefully things will begin to happen. I promises that I will start updating on a more regular basis, and I will post more pictures as I go along. I am looking forward to a visit from Barbara and Kraig Bartel from Oregon this week, in fact they should be arriving any time now, they are due in S.I. this afternoon, can't wait. Have a great day, and may God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 29 January 2008 - 11:08 AM MST Name: "Karen T" null Reply to this Comment Thursday, 31 January 2008 - 4:41 AM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Good morning all, As promised, a new update. The painting of the new cabana is proceeding somewhat on schedule, a little slower than I had hoped, but proceeding none the less. The shutters look good painted the light green color, and it blends well with the Apricot color of the first room, and the texturing looks, a splatter pattern, looks good with the paint. The worker was just starting the second room, in light blue, when I had to leave yesterday, but it should be painted by this morning, then he will start the third room, he told me that he would have all the rooms painted by the end of the week, but he had better hurry if expects to get it all done. Barbara and Kraig are in San Ignacio, I have not had the time to get together with them as yet, but I plan on picking them up on Friday, mid-morning and taking them out to camp, they are staying with us on Friday night, I am looking forward to their visit. They will be leaving early Saturday for southern Belize, the Toledo district, where I believe they are meeting up with Rob. The weather has cleared up considerably, although still quite cool in the mornings, yesterday ( Wednesday ) it was 57 degrees at camp, but it warmed up to the 80's in the afternoon and was very pleasant, and today looks like it will be a repeat, this morning it is 64 degrees on my patio, so I would expect it to be about 61 at camp, still cool, but better than yesterday. I will be taking some new pictures tomorrow when Barbara and Kraig are at camp, and will get them posted on Saturday or Sunday morning. Hope everybody is having a great 2008, may God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 31 January 2008 - 4:04 PM MST Name: "margaret & jim" Hi Larry, great time you are having!!! Jim had his hip surgery and is fine tho' in some pain. It will be worth it tho'. (Surgery yesterday 30 Jan). Did you receive our new year card sent to address you gave us? Hope you get a permanent e-mail address so we can e-mail direct. We are in the grip of winter - freezing, wet, cold with heavy sleet. Yeah!!!! Keep well love to you and tanya M & J Reply to this Comment Saturday, 2 February 2008 - 4:03 PM MST Name: "Tasha and Larry" Hi All, We had two guests with us at camp last night, our friends Barbara and Kraig Bartel spent the night at camp, and they appeared to enjoy the visit. Unfortunately they only had one night left in their San Ignacio visit and had to leave for the Toledo district this morning. The weather was beautiful, about 80 degrees and the river is very warm, and they spent about a half hour bathing in the river before dinner time. I posted some new pictures of both Barbara and Kraig as well as some pictures of the painted rooms in the new cabana, the light apricot color did not show very well on the pictures, but both Barbara and Kraig thought it looked very nice. Three of the rooms are painted, and two of them are all cleaned up and ready for the furniture, I may order and pick up most of it this next week, I really need to wait until the worker finishes all the rooms before I start bringing in furniture, but I am getting anxious to get it finished so I can move out there....... I need to control my anxiety and excitement. Tomorrow, Sunday, I am to meet with the land surveyor so he can get started on the survey, I didn't expect him to want to work on a Sunday, but it needs to get done so we can finalize the land sale. Not much more to report, but I will update again in a day or two. Have a great weekend and may God bless you all. Tasha and Larry. Reply to this Comment Sunday, 3 February 2008 - 3:28 AM MST Name: "Larry & Tasha" Good morning all, I have received emails from some of you that tell me you are unable to post a comment on my blog. If you are having the same problem, please email me at email@example.com and let me know about it. Thanks. Reply to this Comment Sunday, 3 February 2008 - 8:54 AM MST Name: "Karen Bennett" Hi Larry I am surprised to hear that you are planning on moving to the camp. Will you have your intenet connection at that site? I think it is wonderful that your friends are coming to stay at the camp. Sounds like a fun place to vacation. Karen Reply to this Comment Tuesday, 5 February 2008 - 3:15 AM MST Name: "Larry & Tasha" Good morning all, Yesterday was our final court day, David and I spent about 4 hours in court. Our scheduled time was 11 AM, however the Magistrate did not get to our case until 12:30, after all the review and discussion she made her decisions around 3 PM, I was mostly successful with my law suit, the magistrate disallowed just over $700.00 in claims, but gave me judgment on the balance, just over $2000.00, she also did not allow me to collect on the cost of repairing the cement floor of the cabana, I have not as yet completed the repair, and she would not accept the estimate I had for completing it, had I already spent the money and had a receipt for the work she would have allowed it, maybe grounds for taking him back to court...... I don't know...... it was a very long and drawn out process that demanded many hours of lost time, I don't know if I want to proceed with another suit. I don't remember if I told you that he had filed a counter suit asking for just over $4000.00 for labor he claimed was due him, the Magistrate dismissed his case completely, she realized that it was a thin attempt at countering my suit. Things are just about the same at camp as I reported the other day, my worker that is doing the finish work did not show up yesterday, don't know the reason why, will look for him again today and see what's going on. That's about all for this morning, will update again when things develop more. Have a great week, and may God bless you all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Wednesday, 6 February 2008 - 3:51 AM MST Name: "Larry & Tasha" Hi All, I forgot to mention in my last comment that when the Magistrate asked the contractor how he was going to repay the amount, he stated that he could only pay $10.00 per month, the magistrate asked me if this was acceptable with me and I, of course, said NO, with the reputation the contractor has, he would default on his payments. After just a few seconds, the magistrate ordered him to pay $500.00 per month, starting Feb. 15, and that he was to pay the court, not me directly. If he fails to make the required payments, a bench warrant will be issued for his arrest. I WILL be at court on the 18th to collect my money, or file a complaint that he has failed to comply with the court order. On another note, the worker that did not show up on Monday, he had to take his daughter to the doctors, she has asthma, and requires monthly treatments, he appologized, and said he forgot to tell me. Anyway, he is back at work and finishing the two remaining rooms. Perhaps the cabana will be complete soon. That's about it for today, God bless and guide us all. Tasha and Larry Reply to this Comment Thursday, 7 February 2008 - 5:15 PM MST Name: "Karen Bennett" Gosh, Larry. Is all this hassle worth it? I just can't imagine doing all of this. Sure hope everything is completed soon. Do you have any hope of collecting the money awarded to you by the court. Best of luck on that. Love Karen Reply to this Comment Comments Page View Latest Entries
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