Ending My Journey In Belize

Written By: Gary Wonning

This was to be our last night in the tropical paradise called Belize, after spending two weeks studying the ancient Maya and their culture, it was time to think of returning to the good old USA. Tomorrow it would be back to Belize City, where we would board a flight for Houston and consequently our final destination, Indianapolis.

The sleeping accommodations couldn’t have been any better, the huts were modern, with screened in open air quarters and a convenient outside shower. An early morning breakfast, a short good-bye on the pier and we were on our way back to the good old USA.

It had been quite a trip.

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.

Your comments are welcome

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We Are Changing Our Culture By Changing Our Holidays

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There is a continuous move by the liberals to  change holidays to make them conform to political correctness.

The latest move is to vilify Columbus and change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day or  as some want, to change it to Fall Holiday.

Along the same lines, the same school district that proposed this wants to change Good Friday to Spring Holiday.

Good Friday is a religious holiday, a Christian religious holiday. That is why Good Friday exists, it isn’t a spring holiday. A spring holiday is spring break. The politically  correct crowd has only one motive, to destroy our way of life and institute what they think is a better secular lifestyle. It reminds me of what the Taliban did in Afghanistan, we all know how that turned out.

Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values and the only way we will survive as a nation is to adhere to those values.

That doesn’t in any way mean that no other religions are welcome, they are, but our core values are Judeo-Christian and that is how it should remain.

If we become a secular nation, we will lose all the values and traditions that made this country great.

We all know that Columbus wasn’t the first European to visit North America, many came before him, but that doesn’t diminish what he accomplished, and the effect his visit had on the world.

No other early visitor had such impact on world history. People say he treated the American Indians badly and as a result, their land was stolen by the evil white man. In those days many atrocities did occur, on both sides. The Europeans introduced smallpox to the western hemisphere, and the Indians gave us syphilis and tobacco. Fair exchange?

They say their land was stolen. What did they do with the land? The American Indians inhabited this land for ten thousand years, did they improve their living conditions or develop the resources available in the land of plenty? They lived here for generations and never improved their culture one iota. The natural resources were placed here by God for us to use in order to make our lives better, by not using what God gives us, we are squandering the land.

By nor advancing their culture and improving their way of life, they fell behind in the technology field, thus they were easy targets for another culture that had advanced. They brought about their own demise. We, as a people can only do two things, advance, grow and learn, or remain the same and fall into ruin.  I don’t think we were placed on earth to not improve our lives.

I have the utmost regard and respect for all native peoples. In light of how many times the American Indians actually helped the early colonists  settle this land, and the contributions they made, I believe in the end things turned out the way they were meant to. Going forward, I believe both the white man and the Indian could learn much from each other to make this a better world for all.

Common sense for the modern era

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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.

Your comments are welcome

 

The Crystal Skull

 

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The Anna Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull

Written By: Gary Wonning

The crystal skull was discovered at Lubaantun in 1924 by Anna Mitchell-Hedges at the ripe young age of 16. Her father was exploring British Honduras (now Belize) looking for evidence of the legendary Atlantis, when he heard rumors of a pyramid containing relics from an ancient civilization . Her account of the discovery states that she was the only one small enough to climb into the small entrance of the pyramid where the skull was found.

Thirteen of the crystal skulls have allegedly been found in parts of Central America, Mexico, and South America. The skulls are believed to be between 5,000 and 36,000 years old and many people claim they hold healing and magical properties, however, no one really knows where they came from or how they were made.

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The other skulls have been found near ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, with some evidence linking them to ancient civilizations of Peru. The Mitchell-Hedges skull is the most famous as it resembles a human skull and remarkably, has a removable jaw bone.

Learn more of the ancient Mayan culture

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An interesting photo book about the Maya Indians of central America

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.

Your comments are welcome

 

Belize: Land of The Maya

 

Written By Gary Wonning

Not being extremely fond of jungles and with visions of Voodoo dancing in my mind, my apprehension had been at a rather high level as I prepared to visit Belize. The journey  actually began the previous summer after I had spent  a month in the outback of Australia.

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A little girl carrying water back to the village

Lynn Gardner and Anna Mitchell-Hedges were displaying the crystal skull in Indianapolis the following week. Mitchell- Hedges , had reportedly discovered the skull while visiting Belize with her father in the 1920s when she was sixteen years old.

She was on tour in the United States and relayed an interesting story on how she came to find the skull.

She told how they had searched in the jungle for the pyramid Lubaantun where the skull was reputed to be located. Upon discovering the pyramid, she being the smallest was elected to go down in the cavern in search of the treasure. Braving the hazards of entering an opening in the pyramid that possibly hadn’t been explored in centuries, she found the renowned skull and brought it to daylight for the first time in centuries.

For the rest of the story!

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An interesting photo book about the Maya Indians of central America

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.

Your comments are welcome

Belize : A Culture of It’s Own

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Belize in many ways is a land that time forgot, struggling to make it’s mark in the world, it has made great progress in the last several years.

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A long forgotten canoe, what tales it could tell! 

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A modern out door shower at the Adventure Inn in northern belize.

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A beautiful orchid at the Ix Chel Herb Farm 

 

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Lobster Claws at the Ix Chel Herb Farm

 The author 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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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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Florida Cracker Cattle

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It’s hard to imagine the “New World” without cattle, but they weren’t always here.
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Cattle were brought to North America by Ponce De Leon on his  voyage to America. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I would have wanted to travel across the Atlantic Ocean with a bunch of cattle as my travel companions.

Florida Cracker like so many other terms began as a complimentary term associated with the early hard working cowboys of Florida. It was only in later years the term “Florida Cracker” was meant to be something derogatory. 

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 The author 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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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.

 

Mayan Pyramids and Temples

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Hidden deep in the Central American jungle, many ancient   Mayan temples are hidden from the casual observer.

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Remnants of Lubaantun, the site where the Mitchell-Hedges skull was reportedly found.

Mainly in Belize and Guatemala, these temples and pyramids display how life was in ancient times.

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Ancient Mayan Pyramid

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Tikal in Guatemala.

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Lamani in northern Belize, reportedly the only pyramid that still has the original name.

No one knows for sure where the Mayan went, after suddenly disappearing around the year 1,000. Some believe they may have gone to North America, migrating as far north as Georgia or possibly to the Ohio Valley and having a connection with Serpent Mound near Cincinnati Ohio.

This is possible , there are many names ,especially in Florida that have a connection with the Mayans. Myakka, and Miami to name just as couple.

 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

Mayan book

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.

Available in both hard copy and Ebook format.