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2004 Daily Journal

Day One: July 19, 2004
Raleigh/Dallas/Belize/Belize River

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Our group at 6 a.m. in the Raleigh aiport. We can't wait to get to Belize!
2004 Belize team at RDU airport

We're here! After a long day of travel which began around 6:00 a.m., we arrived in Belize City at 2:30 p.m. (Belize time, which is 2 hours earlier than Raleigh). We were very happy to see the five people from our team who were meeting us in Belize: Bill Hasse, one of our trip leaders; Nathan Forbes our naturalist guide/driver; Sue Hove, one of the group members who had been in Guatemala; and our two Belizean teachers, Hector Ayala and Kaisa Melina.

Smiles all around as Shane fed this monkey some cashew fruit
Shane and Tammy feeding a howler monkey

We left the airport, and immediately went to Bermudian Landing to see the Howler Monkeys. We not only got to see a troop of about 5-8 monkeys, but some of us were even able to feed them cashew fruit! Our guide there, Fallet Young, called in the dominant male howler by imitating the monkey's call. The male responded in loud and glorious voice!

We then headed west to the village of Teakettle to our resting place for the next three nights, Warrie Head Lodge. Lydia Wade and her staff, Isabel and Blanca, welcomed us with a fruit punch of papaya, pineapple, and orange juice. They then provided us with a delicious meal of stewed chicken, rice cooked in coconut milk, vegetable casserole, plantain (a type of banana) which had been fried very slowly, and a salad. Maria Sharp's Belizean Hot Sauce was added to nearly every dish. We can hardly wait for our early morning bird walk (5:45 a.m) with Nathan!

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