There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Bocawina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bocawina. Show all posts

02 January 2014

rappelling down a waterfall???...

It was a twenty minute short hike to our destination, the top of Bocawina Falls. The group was in good spirits, just full of curiosity....how exactly does one rappel down a waterfall?

The sound of water pounding rock as it was cascading down the mountain grew from a distant sound to a deafening roar. The thickness of the jungle though blocked our view of the river until we reached the top.

As we were strapping on our gear, a couple of us peered over the edge....

"We are going down that?"
I was quickly second guessing my decision to do this. I mean lets face reality, I'm no spring chicken, and having a busted leg was not part of my holiday plans in Belize.
As we all slowly made our way across the river towards where the rope was tied to a tree on the other side, people were already slipping on the moss covered rocks and falling.

Not a good sign as we hadn't even started yet!

The descent was one hundred and twenty five feet. After a quick tutorial on how to safely descend ( lean back, move slow, legs spread apart, don't panic! ), the guide asked who wanted to go first. I volunteered. The rest of the group breathed a sigh of relief.
As I started to go and the waterfall spray soaked my body, adrenaline took over. Panic disappeared. I felt like it took me forever, but I rappelled Bocawina Falls without falling once!

As it turned out, I was the only one in our group to do so. As one guy later told me.. "You made that look easy".
My back, legs and arms were twitching from the strength it took to get this completed, so I'm not sure about how EASY it was, but it certainly was exhilarating.


01 January 2014

zip lining at Bocawina

I've always wanted to try a zip line somewhere, but haven't had the opportunity. Finding myself in the Bocawina Falls National Park in Belize changed all of that.

Bocawina has the longest zip line in Central America, and as we are getting geared up our guide tells us that after a short hike in the jungle, we'll be zipping to eight different tree house stations, with the longest section covering a half mile, going at a minimum speed of sixty miles per hour.

My heart was racing from adrenaline.
We start by doing a small test section to give each of us a feel what to do, proper hand placement, etc...
I'm nervous, but their are many in our group that is also doing this for the first time, so I'm not the only one with the jitters.

My time for the first section comes, and after being securely strapped in, off I go....
I must have been more nervous than I thought though, as I hand braked too soon and came up about ten feet short of the subsequent tree house landing platform. Doh!

I pull myself hand over hand along the cable to the platform. Lesson learned. The next section I was determined to not let that happen again....
Flying through the trees high above the ground, I successfully make it to the next section. With each zip, my form improves, the rush becoming greater and greater!
The zip line at Bocawina certainly was an incredible experience!