Xunantunich, Cayo District Belize

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 Xunantunich, Cayo District Belize

Towering 130 above the landscape this ancient temple dominates the area. However the trip to this temple can be quite eventful. Our day started as we five adventurers from the U.S. with our Maya driver and guide boarded our Ford van for the trip to Xunantunich, one of the most famous temples in Belize. As we passed through the little town of San Ignacio we came to the river crossing.

Needless to say, it wasn’t what I had expected.
The only way to cross the river was on a small, one vehicle ferry. As we entered the ferry I noticed that it wasn’t tied securely to the bank and it floated away from the bank as we drove on to it. It was then that I noticed  it was powered by a hand crank being  operated by the ferry boat captain.

The river crossing was exciting but uneventful, having crossed to the other side we proceeded up the river bank and drove to the top of the hill and the temple. It was quite impressive sitting on the top of a mountain, the view from the top was rather spectacular, being high above the jungle we could see for miles. The site was cleared with a small picnic shelter nearby. It being nearly 1 PM, and not having had lunch we boarded the van for the trip back into town to find the closest restaurant.


As we approached the river we noticed that there might be a problem as traffic was backed up on both sides of the river. A pick-up truck had tried to board the ferry, but when they drove onto the boat, the ferry started to move, which spooked them. The driver did exactly the wrong thing as he applied the brakes , that action caused the ferry to move from the bank which resulted in the truck dropping off the edge of the ferry , sinking window deep into the water.
The locals had tied a chain to a truck parked on the road above the pick-up but were having little success getting the pick-up out of the river.

 As this was all happening, suddenly there came the sound of two cars racing down the street towards the Saturday afternoon crowd that had gathered to watch. As they came racing towards the 100 or so people, some of them began to scatter, however, one of the cars plowed into the crowd with bodies flying everywhere. It actually hit the chain that was attached to the pickup truck and flipped over on top of a child. After the car had rolled over the child  he got up and ran off without a scratch. A couple other boys weren’t so lucky, they lay silent on the road. Our tour guide stripped down to her underwear and dove into the water to help. The next thing we knew she was helping put one of the boys onto a piece of metal roofing that was being used as a stretcher and off they went to a hospital in Guatemala. No clothes and no passport.

 It all turned out well as the boys survived and no one was killed. Our tour guide made it back safely wrapped in a bed sheet. Half starved, we finally had dinner at the hotel that evening.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Maya Culture

It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember, that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate, they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.

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Underground Railroad Napoleon Indiana

Underground Railroad

Napoleon Indiana

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The Underground Railroad had many routes consisting of secret routes and safe houses whereby slaves used to escape to not only the northern states, but Canada, Mexico, and the rest of the world as well. It has been estimated that at it’s height between 1810 and 1850 as many as 100,000 people escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad figures prominently in African -American history and has captured the imagination as a symbol of freedom.

Having no real organization or central authority, it existed openly in the north and just beneath the surface in the south. By it slaves were mainly transported under cover of darkness from one location to another while hiding in safe houses during daylight hours. Thus the African-Americans would proceed north until freedom was reached.

There is much uncertainly as to where the term “underground railroad” originated,however  both those who aided the slaves and those outraged by the loss of slave property , began referring to the term ” underground railroad” by 1840.

One of many such stations located in southern Indiana, this property served as a stop over for many freed slaves heading north. Located in Napoleon Indiana,  just 35 miles north of the Ohio River, it became one of the first destinations after leaving the south. At that time,this quaint little town was located at the cross roads of two major roads of the area and was an important  cog in the wheels of commerce in the early 1800’s. Although most continued north , from this point they could proceed in any direction they chose, thus giving them the opportunity to elude slave hunters or anyone else who might want to cause them harm.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money , often a full-time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

 

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A Fish Story

A Fishy Story

It was the perfect day for a little fishing, but after a while I ran out of bait.

Then a few feet up the shore I saw a snake with a frog in his mouth, and frogs are good bass bait.

Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it in my bait bucket.

Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit.

After thinking about it for awhile, I had an idea: I grabbed my bottle of whiskey (hey, don’t laugh: it’s the best part of fishing!)and poured a little whiskey in its mouth.

Sure enough, his eyes rolled back, he went limp, and I released him without incident. I carried on my fishing with the frog. Caught a big bass, too!

A couple hours later I felt something brush my leg. I looked down and there was that same snake looking up at me. He had two frogs in his mouth.
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Camping World

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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swimming

A short story depicting adventures in the out back of Australia

 

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Country Road, Indiana

A Country Road in rural Indiana

 

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The state of Indiana, located in the mid western part of the United States is largely rural in nature. As such there are many scenes such as the one pictured. This particular photograph was taken in south eastern Indiana in Ohio County.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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