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Adventures in Belize, Part 5: Rio Frio Cave, Caracol ruins, Rio On Pools

Wednesday, February 13, 2013





Awoke to singing birds outside our cottage on Pine Mountain Ridge. The Hidden Valley Inn is truly remote, quiet and peaceful!

Headed out on what can only be described as a primitive road for the 2 hour ride toward the Mayan Ruins of Caracol. Along the way we stopped and explored the Rio Frio Cave.



We were really excited to explore the ruins at Caracol. In the past we have visited Mayan ruins in Mexico (Tulum, Ek Balam and Chichen Itza), Guatemala (Tikal) and Honduras (Copan), so we knew we would enjoy it. It was hot out today, abotu 92 degrees so the ruins were nearly deserted. We were able to explore in relative peace - unless you count the howler monkeys of course!




After spending the midday in the heat - it was definitely time to cool off. We drove to the Rio On pools. Several small waterfalls and cascades perfect for splashing in!



Spent the rest of the day walking on the grounds at the inn, enjoying the flowers, reading and relaxing. Not sure what tomorrow has in store - perhaps a hike to a local waterfall.
Cheers! Hollynn



  
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BIGMAMAT 3/2/2013 11:33PM

    Crazy, beautiful pictures!!! What a gorgeous place. emoticon

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FABAT402009 2/15/2013 8:32AM

    You're blog posts make me want to get on a plan this weekend!! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with the rest of us.

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JSTCHLIN 2/15/2013 7:44AM

    That cottage looks very nice to stay at. As always, thanks for sharing. 92* huh? Well it might reach the mid 40s here today! Who's jealous now?! LOL.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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LANA2520 2/15/2013 7:42AM

    you smile is wonderful it look like your haveing a good time happy for you

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ISLAMOM 2/14/2013 8:16PM

    great pictures!!

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JEREMY723 2/14/2013 3:20PM

    I feel just a bit like I'm on vacation this week:) It's been fun!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/14/2013 11:19AM

    Nice!!

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KITHKINCAID 2/14/2013 10:38AM

    I love that pic of you at the waterfall. You look so elated!

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SMOKINGUN 2/14/2013 9:13AM

    I knew you would like the ruins. You have some great pictures of all your activities. Waterfalls look refreshing and fun. Flowers are beautiful as are you!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/14/2013 8:20AM

    Beautiful! I'm glad you're having such a great time!

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 2/14/2013 1:34AM

    Looks like a wonderful trip!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/14/2013 1:20AM

    It looks like a wonderful time was had by all!
Thanks for the pictures, they are amazing!

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KONRAD695 2/14/2013 12:06AM

    Your posts are so wonderful. I'm having my own vacation right from my bed. Glad you and Ron are having such a wonderful time. emoticon

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Adventures in Belize, Part 4 with Pics: Beach Biking & Belize Zoo

Wednesday, February 13, 2013



Today was our last day on Ambergris Cay. Got up and did a brief nature walk this morning - love the little rustic bridge in the picture above. It is always interesting to see different foliage and vegetation in tropical climates.

After that we headed out down the San Pedro beach for one last ride. Really enjoyed pedaling in the morning light!



At 11:00am we boarded a Tropic Air flight back to Belize City - below is a view from the plane. Caribbean water is so calming...


Picked up a rental car (Jeep Liberty) and drove an hour West to the Belize Zoo - forgive all the pics - I am an animal person and this was undoubtedly one of my favorite things from the trip so far:


Boa Constrictor



Tapir or "mountain cow" - national animal of Belize


Random lizaard on the path

Puma


Ocelot named "Oli"

River Otter



Feeding the South American Jaguar (with zookeeper permission)


Margay chilling in a tree


Colorful toucan!


Freshwater Croccodile


Petting the Central American Jaguar "Junior"


Harpy Eagle


Barn Owls


There were more animals - but those are the highlights. Interesting sidenote: all of the animals at the Belize Zoo are rescue animals or were born there. After that, we caught lunch and then drove for a few hours on bouncy dirt roads to our new hotel the Hidden Valley Inn in Mountain Pine Reserve. Got a small dinner followed by tea.


Tomorrow we are off to see Mayan ruins!

  
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NEED2LOSEN2010 2/20/2013 8:31PM

    WOW!! Love all the pictures except the snake.....the cats are beautiful!

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    All I do is smile at your blogs. emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/13/2013 7:45PM

    You look so happy - that's great! Love, love, love the toucan.

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TINA5318 2/13/2013 6:32PM

    Awesome pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!

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PRETTYPITHY 2/13/2013 12:26PM

    What a fun, active vacation! I'm so impressed that you're keeping up your blogging through out!

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JSPIN74 2/13/2013 12:12PM

    fantastic trip (from the looks & sounds of it)...thx for sharing :)

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JMEPAYNE 2/13/2013 12:09PM

    i am loving all the photos! you look like you are having an AMAZING time!

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METALJEN73 2/13/2013 11:42AM

    Thanks for sharing your pics!

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LAGRAJA 2/13/2013 10:23AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/13/2013 10:06AM

    Wow, what beautiful pictures!
Thanks for sharing!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/13/2013 9:35AM

    Wow! Fabulous photos!!

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ISLAMOM 2/13/2013 7:57AM

    Looks like you are enjoying Belize! I live just a couple hours north...in the state of Quintana Roo (Mexico)!

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GIANTOCR1 2/13/2013 7:16AM

    Great pictures once again. You two look like your having a great time...

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JSTCHLIN 2/13/2013 7:13AM

    Don't apologize, you can never share too many pics. So cool you were allowed to feed and pet the animals. I miss those Caribbean waters so much. And now we expect a few more inches of snow tonight. GRRR. Keep having fun.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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MS_ZENZI 2/13/2013 6:42AM

    I've always wanted to go to Belize!!! Beautiful!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/13/2013 3:57AM

    What a fantastic vacation. Wonderful pictures!

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SMOKINGUN 2/13/2013 1:09AM

    You and Ron look like WOW!.. Ron that grass needed to be cut soon or we will never find you. I will not show the dogs the zoo pics, they will be jealous. Can't believe you are holding a snake and then feeding the jaguar! Intense. I agree it looks very calming. Continue to enjoy!
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FITANDFIFTY2 2/13/2013 12:46AM

    I loved all your pics!! How exciting!! Enjoy your visit there!!! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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Adventure in Belize, Part III - snoozing in, kayaking & new dress

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So today's photoblog will be much shorter since I started the day off with something everyone should do on vacation - snoozing in, lol! Once I finally got up I hung out reading and answering a few emails on the couch of our apartment here. Love where we are staying (Xanadu resort). It is about a mile down the beach from San Pedro, so very quiet and it gives me an excuse to walk everywhere.




Next headed out to the pool to relax a bit more - I have spent most of this vacation in a bathing suit, so I am glad I brought three...




Decided to get moving a bit more so took the double kayak out for a long journey. Given how choppy the water was today I am surprised we went as far as we did (6-7 miles) -plenty tired by the time we got back...


Got dressed up again - probably the shortest skirt I have worn in about 15 years and headed down the beach to Wild Mangos for dinner -- it was scrumptious




Finally ended the night walking around San Pedro where the "Festival of Fatima" is going on - bands every few blocks in the back of trucks (moving party) with dancers and singers...Had a large mango drink (and Ron had a dirty banana) before headed back to the apartment.





Thanks for following along on this sun soaked trip. Tomorrow we are at the beach in the morning then flying back to the mainland to pick up a rental car and head out into the Cayo. Not sure how internet will be out there but will try to keep blogging if I can. MUCH appreciation for the kind comments, compliments and accolades about the pics. For those who asked, these are from 3 sources (my iPhone, my Nikon D7000- and from my underwater Nikon shockproof coolpix).

Having a great time!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


  
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SMOKINGUN 2/13/2013 1:16AM

    I really liked the pictures. You look so awesome. The dresses are perfect on you. A dirty banana? lol More then just looking good, you both look RELAXED!!!! Enjoy the ruins when you get there.
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SNAPSHOTSTACY 2/12/2013 9:52AM

    Looks like it was a FABULOUS time!!
I adore Belize... I really can't wait to get back there.
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SADWHITEWOLF 2/12/2013 9:40AM

    Look like you are having a great time! You look fantastic!

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KARVY09 2/12/2013 9:20AM

    Great pics. Super jealous of your vacation!

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METALJEN73 2/12/2013 8:33AM

    Looks like a great trip, enjoy!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/12/2013 8:09AM

    Looks like you had and amazing time!! And you look fabulous as usual!
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GIANTOCR1 2/12/2013 6:50AM

    Beautiful pics once again. Seeing these pictures makes me want to be on vacation someplace sunny and warm. Enjoy the day.

Marty

Once again you look wonderful, love the dress, shows off your great legs.

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JEREMY723 2/12/2013 6:16AM

    Keep having a great time!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/12/2013 2:02AM

    More beautiful pictures...the dance festival looked like too much fun!


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FRENCHTOSD 2/12/2013 1:21AM

    You kill me...

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FABAT402009 2/12/2013 12:27AM

    Thanks for sharing the tools you're using. Have a great time on the next leg of your trip!

One day I pray I'm able to wear a bathing suit :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/12/2013 12:19AM

    @Konrad - Thanks! I was a bit nervous to wear it but I am glad I did....Also, we often wear rashguards when we swim - good for not turning into a lobster!

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KONRAD695 2/12/2013 12:12AM

    I'm just tickled that you are having such a great time. That may be a short dress, but you wear it very well. Thank you for all your time a pics while on vacation. You're emoticon

PS. Why is Ron wearing a shirt in the pool?

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Adventures in Belize, Part 2 with pics: Caye Caulker sailing

Monday, February 11, 2013




Today was our 3rd day in Belize and it was clearly time to spend some more time in the water! We got picked up at the end of our pier and headed out on a catamaran (the SEAduced) toward Caye Caulker.




First stop to snorkel was Hol Chan Marine Reserve where we snorkeled along the barrier reef seeing lots of turtle, sting rays, eagle rays, fish and even a moray eel!



Headed back onto the cat and continued on to Shark Ray Alley:







Next unto Caye Caulker where we shopped a little, enjoyed walking around and ate a lot of cerviche!







Headed back to Ambergris Cay, rum along the way! Headed back to our hotel, then dressed up to go out to dinner. Tried out my new sundress and actually felt good about how it looked.





Hope that wasn't too many pics and that you enjoyed a photo journey through my day. Lessons learned today: apply sunscreen more often in the Caribbean! You would think after 42 years of my light skin I would remember....
Have a great day - thanks for looking!

  
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JAN1031 2/12/2013 6:14AM

    You're looking Fabulous and Ron too, glad you are enjoying your Hollynn, just wish all your Spark friends were there to run the Beach, LOL. Thank you for sharing your Vacation.
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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/12/2013 12:04AM

    Gorgeous photos!! Looks like you had a marvelous time; I am jealous. :) I wish *I* was swimming and sailing around the Caribbean right now!

And dang, girl, you look AMAZING. I wish I could rock a suit that well, and you look lovely in that dress. (Side note: 42?? Are you kidding me? I was wondering in my head how a college kid could afford such a nice trip, and shouldn't she be in class right now? I totally did a double-take when I got down to the part about "42 years of light skin".)

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SMOKINGUN 2/11/2013 9:37PM

    Holly, you look absolutely beautiful and I know it isn't just being in Belize. You deserve the accolades for your progress. I am so happy the two of you are having such a great time. Sun dress is a great choice and looks great.
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FABAT402009 2/11/2013 8:47PM

    Your pictures are amazing! What kind of camera are you using?

I feel as if I'm in the water and can touch the beautiful sea creatures right along with you. Contnue to have a fabulous time and thank you for sharing your adventures with the rest of us.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/11/2013 8:27PM

    Love the pictures, especially the ones in the water!
What a relaxing time the both of you are sharing!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/11/2013 7:12PM

    So beautiful...the scenery and you!

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PRETTYPITHY 2/11/2013 5:12PM

    Wow! Belize looks wonderful and so do you!

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SGRAY478 2/11/2013 5:08PM

    Those are gorgeous pictures!

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KITHKINCAID 2/11/2013 2:49PM

    Agh! Living vicariously through you right now. So awesome!

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/11/2013 2:40PM

    Did my winter-bound heart good to see these! Thanks!

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SIMONEKP 2/11/2013 2:35PM

    Looks fabulous, reminds me of Mexico.

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KITTYKITTEMMING 2/11/2013 2:04PM

    Sounds like you are having an awesome vacation.

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KITT52 2/11/2013 1:47PM

    awesome pictures...thanks for sharing

have fun

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JLPEASE 2/11/2013 10:35AM

    LOVE these photos! I feel like I was there with you... I just wish I really WAS!
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JMEPAYNE 2/11/2013 9:58AM

    LOOKS AMAZING! and you look great too!

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NGCHILD 2/11/2013 8:26AM

    Looks like you are having a great time! Love the pics too. Enjoy yourself!!

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JEREMY723 2/11/2013 8:08AM

    Great photos...could never be to many! Have a great rest of your trip:) We were thrilled that it hit 50 in Ohio, but we still have snow left....

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JASI27 2/11/2013 7:42AM

    The pictures are awesome and it looks like you are having an amazing time!

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JSTCHLIN 2/11/2013 6:54AM

    OMG, I'm so jealous. I sooo need to go on vacation. Great pics. Thanks for sharing as usual. Keep having fun.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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GIANTOCR1 2/11/2013 5:14AM

    Great pictures. Sure wish I were down their. Looks like you are having a great time. And the pictures of you are great as always.. Dress shows off your legs GREAT!!! Love the swim suite, very sexy and looks wonderful on you.

Have a great day 3

Marty

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LIBBYL1 2/11/2013 4:16AM

  so gorgeous - both the pictures of what you saw and of you!

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LWLAR7 2/11/2013 2:11AM

  Keep going

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NEED2LOSEN2010 2/11/2013 1:42AM

    SpunkyD

LOVED the pics! You look AWESOME & having so much fun. Enjoy!

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Adventures in Belize, Part 1 with Pics

Saturday, February 09, 2013



Today was our first full day in Belize on vacation, and I must say it is HEAVEN. It was about 85 degrees today, sunny skies with just a few clouds and a light breeze. We decided the first thing we wanted to do here on Ambergris Cay was get familiar with the island so we took a 2 hour walk, down the beach and through the town of San Pedro.



Headed back before lunch and rode up the beach on bikes. Stopped at the Blue Water Grill for wonderful cashew chicken salad and then continued on up the island onto the northern, relatively deserted and quiet end. Rode our bikes (free bike, kayak, snorkel gear where we are staying) for about 2 hours.





Upon getting back to our hotel we decided there was still daylight to be had and headed out in the sea kayaks for an hour. Loved it! That was probably my favorite part of the day...



Finally, we headed in and popped into the pool here at the hotel until sunset.



It was a wonderful and pretty active day! Hope you enjoyed the photos - tomorrow will be sailing to Caulker Cay on a catamaran and snorkeling. It is possible that rum will be enjoyed on the way home....

  
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JLPEASE 2/11/2013 10:33AM

    Sounds like you are having a blast!


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    You look great!! Have a fabulous time on vacations!!

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KITHKINCAID 2/10/2013 8:45PM

    So jealous. It looks GORGEOUS....and so do you :)

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/10/2013 1:46PM

    Looks beautiful. I can't wait until the day me and my husband can take a real vacation.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/10/2013 10:39AM

    It sounds like you both are having a relaxing time. The pictures are beautiful!

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JASI27 2/10/2013 9:38AM

    Looks like you are having a great time. Great pics, thanks for sharing.

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SMOKINGUN 2/10/2013 9:26AM

    Great pictures. Glad you are enjoying yourself. Belize looks just as I imagined. Have a great time snorkeling. I may have a little rum & Coke tonight also. Keep us posted as time allows but most of all have fun!


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KITT52 2/10/2013 8:39AM

    have fun and enjoy

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/10/2013 8:22AM

    Wow, that Belize looks amazing, thanks for sharing the photos!

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JSTCHLIN 2/10/2013 7:16AM

    Stop... you had me at Rum! LOL. Love the pics. Glad you are having such a great time. Thanks for sharing your 85* weather, palm trees and relaxation and recreation experiences as I woke up so sore from shoveling snow for 3 1/2 hours yesterday. HAHA.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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KONRAD695 2/10/2013 4:52AM

    Flat out wonderful. You look AMAZING. I'm so happy that you are getting some relax and recharge time. You deserve this more than anyone I know. Glad you are having a wonderful time.

P.S.- Also glad Ron is having a good time.

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GIANTOCR1 2/9/2013 11:54PM

    Pictures are beautiful as well as you..Sure wish I were down there in the sun and sand. Relax and enjoy your vacation, you deserve it.

Can't wait for more pictures as the week goes along.

PS: You look great in that swimming suite...

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/9/2013 11:17PM

    Note: comment from Spunky's dad using her computer back home in WV:

You do look amazing. I think the photos are terrific. What fun Kayaking. Anyone doing any fishing ,naturally I would ask that. I think some Rum may be had here with my diet coke. lol Love the scenery around the pool looking out toward "sunset"? have fun snorkeling. Dogs say Hello!
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DOING-IT4ME 2/9/2013 11:13PM

    Looks like a gorgeous place to visit - you look like you're enjoying yourself and managing to work in fitness while siteseeing - awesome! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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RHEYNKLAW 2/9/2013 11:13PM

    Who's that smokin' hottie with the cute boyfriend?
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BIGMAMAT 2/9/2013 11:07PM

    Looks crazy beautiful and sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy you much needed break. Love, Love, Love the pics! keep em coming emoticon


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MAKINGHERPROUD 2/9/2013 11:05PM

    Beautiful pics!

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FABAT402009 2/9/2013 10:54PM

    You look so beautiful and Belize is jaw dropping! Have to add it to my vacation list of places to travel.

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JENNIEONFIRE 2/9/2013 10:48PM

    You look amazing and so happy! Congrats on how far you have come and enjoy yourself! I love the picture of you second from the bottom you look like the Little Mermaid with your hair like that :)

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