Steve and Hannah visited us from Alaska for a few days last week, and were lucky enough to have their visit coincide with the blossoming of the Cortes tree. Steve is a scientist who studied wildlife in Belize for a number of years before settling in Alaska, and Steve decided it was time to show his teenaged daughter Hannah where he and his wife used to live and work. We knew we’d like them right away, first because they were referred here by Sharon, and second, because we found out within a few minutes of conversation that the reason Steve and Hannah were traveling without Steve’s wife and son (Hannah’s mother and brother) was that they have a dog with a heart condition who also suffers from separation anxiety, and they’re afraid he could die if the entire family left him. Hmmm…I think Tom and I know more people than most who tailor their vacation plans around their animals.
While they were here, Steve and Hannah visited Chechem Ha Cave and Xunantunich, spent a day exploring ATM, and then went up into the Mountain Pine Ridge to 1000 Foot Falls to see a falcon – not the falls – with a stop for fun at Big Rock. We’re just hoping we get to meet the other half of the family eventually!