Boots on the Ground
Just a little over a week until we head for Belize on the “Truth or Die” Tour.
Maybe that is excessive. Let’s call it the “Boots on the Ground” Tour.
I’m excited to learn that we will arrive in time for the start of two major annual events in Belize: The Christmas Holiday season and the final months of hurricane season.
You have to love a country that can stretch out a holiday over five months. Actually the holiday season is composed of many disparate celebrations sewn into one long seamless party that peaks with Christmas and Boxing Day, and ends with the new year.
It starts Sept. 10 with commemoration of the Battle of St George’s Caye in 1798, when early settlers of what became British Honduras defeated a much larger Spanish invasion force.
Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t just about every nation have a day of celebration in which they defeated the Spanish at one place or another?
That’s followed appropriately enough by Belize Independence Day on Sept. 21, marking the end of English rule in 1981, and the emergence of the new Belize nation.
I think what I said about the Spanish may hold true for the English. I mean, what country doesn’t celebrate some sort of independence from British rule?
Well, the holidays, big and small, go on from there. Maybe this is just a marketing bit to get the tourism industry through the long low slough to high season but I’m all for it. Anything that can bring out a nation’s better side and put its talents on display for the world to see — well, that’s worth celebrating.
As for Hurricane Season, I guess it has been in play since June and despite a sluggish start, forecasters are looking for a strong finish. That should cheer up the cable news channels which love to position every storm center as the Next Big Apocalypse into which they position their celebrity newscasters waist high in turbulent surf so that they can prove that it is indeed wet outside …
Caribbean storms once helped fill the vast cable TV news void left when Washington DC went on summer hiatus. I’ve always suspected that the absence of hot air in Washington combined with the wishful thinking of TV weatherman to create a low pressure zone into which Caribbean weather patterns were drawn and stirred up into demon storms.
Let’s go to the map!
Here’s what forecasters are saying for the balance of the Caribbean storm season, in incredibly specific language: “We estimate that the remainder of 2013 will have about 8 hurricanes (average is 5.5), 14 named storms (average is 10.5), 75 named storm days (average is 58), 35 hurricane days (average is 21.3), 3 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.0) and 7 major hurricane days (average is 3.9).”
We will pack rain ponchos.
Getting ready for Belize!
Rose spent part of yesterday poking pins into our mounted map of Belize, indicating all the places we want to visit during our three weeks. You can pretty well summarize the activity like this: everything from Placentia, north to the border with Mexico and west to Guatemala.
And why not? Every town seems to hold a different and intriguing piece of the puzzle that is Belize.
I’ll attach a few photos here so you can see what I mean. The pins are a little hard to see, but there are plenty of them.