This post isn't so much for the people who enjoy my blog photos. These cave photos are really not that exciting. It's more for the people that actually read my posts. Whoever you are. We visited Rio Frio Cave in the Mountain Pine Forest region of Belize this January. It was a giant gaping hole in the cliff side. With a river running through it. It was definitely worth exploring. But it was what happened after that made it interesting. First we drove to the end of the road and parked. Then hiked down near the cave entrance. Of course the first thing we encounter are armed guards. They were just sitting on a picnic table with machine guns. Just typical. Ha!
As with most out of the way destinations in Belize there are no signs to point you to a trail. So at first we thought we had to forage through the river to get into the cave. But as it turns out there was a trail. Of sorts.
Once inside we realized we would need a flashlight to make it all the way through. This photo is the other end.
The opening. So did you read it this far? Well, the reason I'm posting this today is because my husband and I were talking about vacation memories over happy hour this weekend. And the topic of this cave popped up. We visited this cave after a long day at the Mayan Ruins site of Caracol. And being that the armed guards at Rio Frio had put in a long day as well they asked us for a ride back to their check point. Our vehicle was a tiny 4 wheel drive jeep. Our picnic basket that the wonderful Gaia River lodge packed for us took up most of the back seat. But somehow these two huge dudes with their machine guns crammed into the back. A little conversation ensued and an unforgettable memory was born. I was too embarrassed to photograph them. And no one got shot.
P.S. I held the picnic basket!