Greetings

Wow, I have been terrible about keeping up with this! So, I have now spent over two months in Belize. I have fallen in love with this country; the people, the animals, the rainforest… I am going to really miss this place when I go home. We are in the middle of the rainy season right now, so it has been rainy almost non-stop. The river is flooded, and one of the bridges into town is completely covered with water! A man drowned in the river last week, and the drinking water system has been contaminated. I love what the rain does to the weather, but not what it does to the town.

We went and lived at a research station in the rainforest the other day. That was fun! We saw scarlet macaws, king vultures, red-eyed tree frogs, and huge spiders. It was a lot of fun. There are so many more plants and animals here than there are in the states! It is amazing! Everything grows better here. :)

We leave for our two week internships soon. I am going to be working at a butterfly farm. I am so excited! I love butterflies! I’ll try to keep you posted on how that goes.

As a final note, I am going to make a list of all the movies I simply cannot wait to watch when I get back!

Thor; the Dark World

Catching Fire

The Hobbit

The Mentalist (TV show)

Ender’s Game

I’m so excited!!

amhar5

Beauty and Humidity

amhar5:

I forgot to add, it is really humid here!! The sweat just pours off of you! It’s rather gross. ;)

Originally posted on World Adventures:

The country of Belize is so beautiful! Right now I am living in the rain forest surrounded by fruit trees and many exotic plants I have never seen before. I sometimes feel like I have shrunk, because everything is so big. I see pants that could pass for the clover, grass, and ferns we see at home, but they come up to my waist. The birds here are also amazing. I have seen parrots and toucans in the wild! :) Small geckos run everywhere, and at night you will hear them laughing at you from the rafters.

 

I have already gone to some amazing places here. We went tubing down the Macal river, and I was one of the four people who didn’t fall out going over the waterfall, even though I missed the main waterfall and went over a steep, rocky part. We also visited the Mayan ruin…

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Beauty and Humidity

The country of Belize is so beautiful! Right now I am living in the rain forest surrounded by fruit trees and many exotic plants I have never seen before. I sometimes feel like I have shrunk, because everything is so big. I see pants that could pass for the clover, grass, and ferns we see at home, but they come up to my waist. The birds here are also amazing. I have seen parrots and toucans in the wild! :) Small geckos run everywhere, and at night you will hear them laughing at you from the rafters.

 

I have already gone to some amazing places here. We went tubing down the Macal river, and I was one of the four people who didn’t fall out going over the waterfall, even though I missed the main waterfall and went over a steep, rocky part. We also visited the Mayan ruin Xunantunich and the Belize Zoo. At the zoo we got to see a Black Jaguar!!! :D We then spent a weekend on a small island off the coast, where we enjoyed swimming and snorkeling in the warm water! We swam with stingrays and nurse sharks, explored the reef, and got major sunburn!! That part was not fun. :p :p

 

So, fun story for the day. While we were snorkeling, I was following a school of fish around that was not at all scared of me. They just let me swim with them like I was one of the school. Our path took us to where the nurse sharks were lying on the bottom. I floated there for a while watching them, when suddenly they saw me. I held still as they swam towards me because they had been close to us earlier without it being a problem. (and our guide had assured us they were not dangerous.) Then they started circling me. I swam away so fast!!!! I was headed for the rest of the group, when I looked down and saw a stingray right in front of me partly hidden under the sand. I again course corrected and booked it out of there! After that I stayed with the group. It was amazing though!!

Well, I’m gonna go watch these two lizards fight on a tree. By everyone!! I miss you and can’t wait to see you this Christmas!

God bless,

amhar5

New Adventures

Hi all!!

Sorry I haven’t written in so long. I’ve been enjoying some much needed time with my wonderful friends and family. As you probably guessed, I have left Arizona behind me, along with some wonderful people. :( Hopefully I will get to see them again soon. In the meantime, I am now in the beautiful country of Belize! I am here for the next couple months to study the ecosystem here. I am so excited!! Already I have seen many birds, animals, and plants that I would never meet in the states, and I am making many new friends. I will keep you posted.

God bless!!

Becca

P.S. check out my awesome lizard picture!! :DImage

The End is Near….

I can’t believe it! We are almost halfway through the month of July! That means that in exactly 5 days we will be leaving Arizona! In a way I am really excited, but at the same time I am sad. I have had a lot of great memories here. Here are some of my favorites…

1) Going to the Grand Canyon. In the beginning of June we were given four days off, so one of my coworkers and I decided to go to the Grand Canyon. It was beautiful!! I have never seen anything so big! It looked as though a giant hole had been torn through the earth. While we were there we got to see California Condors in the wild!! That was an amazing experience. They are huge!! We also visited some Pueblo Indian ruins while we were there. It was amazing to look at these buildings and artifacts and think that hundreds of years ago someone was making these things on a normal day. :)

2) Going to the Chiricahua Mountains. On another of our days off our boss decided to take us to the Chiricahua Mountains. We went birding, which was a new experience for me. We saw many very cool birds, including the adorable Black-throated Gray Warblers who followed us everywhere, but the highlight for me was getting to see several species of hummingbirds I had not seen yet. These were the adorable little Rufous hummingbird that couldn’t reach the feeder without falling over, the lovely Broad-tailed hummingbird that makes a whistling noise when it flies, the extremely aggressive Blue-throated hummingbirds, and my absolute favorite, the Magnificent hummingbirds. The later two of these species were especially cool because they are almost twice as big as the other species I have seen!!

3) Being stuck in a monsoon. The storms here in Arizona are incredible!! I have never seen so much rain at once or been so close to thunder and lightning before! Most of these monsoons I have seen from the safety of indoors, but one day we were driving to the top of a mountain to remove the temperature sensor we had up there before the rain made the road impassable. We got all the way to the top and decided to wait in the car for a bit because there was a lot of lightning. Then we saw a gray curtain of rain slowly creeping towards us. What started as a drizzle became a downpour, and then a huge hailstorm! We decided to turn around and try to get back, but we couldn’t see the road because of all the rain. We inched our way back towards the main road and eventually outran the storm, until we hit some mud and slid into a ditch. While we were stuck there, the storm caught up to us and dumped sheets of rain on top of us, while lightning struck with thunder following less than a second behind. The ditch that had been empty a few minutes ago was quickly filling up with water. Then, as quickly as it started, it was over. The rain was gone, the water soaked into the ground, and soon the location of our car and some remaining mud was the only indication of the downpour that had just occurred. It was awesome!! :D

4) Taking down the riparian transect. As a result of the start of monsoon season, the temperature sensors that we had set up next to a small creek needed to be taken down while they could still be reached. That was an adventure! The whole transect was one giant mudslide. By the time we were done we were all soaked and covered in mud from slipping and falling in it. It was actually rather fun. It was like skiing, but in mud…

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer! God bless, and I will talk at you later. :)

amhar5Image

Catching Up

Greetings!

I hope you all are having a great summer! I know I am! It’s been a fun couple weeks since I last wrote. It started out when we went to set out the transects for our second landscape. It is a beautiful place! The transects are also much shorter and easier, which helps. ;) The best part, however, was that on one of the transects we saw two Gila Monsters!! :D For those of you who don’t know, Gila Monsters are large, poisonous lizards. Despite their deadly drawback, however, they are really very cool! I had never seen one before, so I was very excited. 

There are many more exciting things I want to tell you, but my computer is about to die and I can’t charge it right now. The reason for this is that I am sitting watching my first Arizona thunderstorm! It is beautiful! So, I will let you go for now. More stories and pictures to come later. God bless!!

amhar5 

Life as Usual…almost

Hello all!

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. Things have been pretty quite over here. We’ve hiked some transects, done some data work, and just generally kept busy. These past couple days have been a bit different, however. Some more scientists came down to work with us, so our lab is stuffed full of equipment and we’ve had a lot more experiments to help with. It also means that we’ve been pulling several 12 hour days. Today was especially exciting. There was a minor incident with a car, a deer, and a cattle guard. We’re all ok, however. And because this seems to be the question that everyone asks next…yes, the deer was fine too. ;) But yep, that’s pretty much life lately. Oh! One more exciting thing! We might get to go visit the Grand Canyon sometime while we’re down here! I hope so! I’ve never seen it before! Well, goodnight all! We have another early morning tomorrow, so I’m headed to bed. God bless!

amhar5