Since my parents are scuba divers, every year we like to go to an island with a dive group. I have been to Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Belize, and more. But the trip I enjoyed the most was to Belize. It provided relaxing sea air, historic landmarks, and deadly situations.
When we arrived at the Sunbreeze Hotel on the island of Ambergris Caye, we were welcomed by a beautiful, cool evening. There was a breathtaking view looking out to sea. My parents would go scuba dive, while I relaxed comfortably by the pool. When they came back, they told me about the different fish they saw and twice about holding sharks. One morning I went with them to the world famous Blue Hole. After a bumpy, three hour sea ride out to the hole, the scuba divers all jumped out into the 412 feet deep Blue Hole and descended into the darkness. I snorkeled around the edge and saw Blue Tang and Parrot fish among similarly colorful coral. The only downfall of the trip was that some of us got sea sick.
On New Year’s Day, my family and others flew to the mainland to see the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich. The ruins they uncovered there were amazing in its preservation. Our tour guide explained the uses of the various buildings and grounds including El Castillo which rises 130 feet in the air to give a 360 view of the hills surrounding it and the Guatemala border. When we climbed it, one poor guy had to enjoy the view while clinging to the structures in the center because of his fear of heights. Toward the end the guide showed us a game court. According to their tradition either player, losing or winning, could be sacrificed to appease their gods.
After the ruins we went to the Zipline Canopy Tour. It was raining so huge dirty drops fell down on us as we traveled under the towering trees. After we put on our helmets, harnesses, and gloves, we proceed to zipline. The rain made the ride faster and more dangerous, but the people helping us were much practiced in their job and made us feel safe. The exhilaration from the ride was intoxicating and was made hilarious from the different shouts and screams people let out. Next we went to the Cave Branch Reserve to go cave tubing. Because of the rain the river was at the edge of being too dangerous to ride. My mom and I were one of the first to cross the river to the trail that leads up to the starting point. There was a rope across to hold onto, and we were told to put our intertubes around our waist. That was a mistake. We made it halfway across the river when our feet were swept out from under us because the intertubes were pushed under us. My dad and the tour guide took our tubes from us and we made it across, thanking God there was a rope. After that excitement we enjoyed a peaceful ride through the caves admiring the formations. Then we went back to the airport, but while we were in the air a storm rolled in, and we had to fly in circles for an hour before we could land. My mom clung to my hand and was whispering prayers the whole time. It was heaven to make it to bed that night.
Belize offered relaxation, history, and adventures. I was able to experience situations that were dangerous, fun, or both and return to a place of relaxation.
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