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Caribbean Cruise, September 2008 September 23, 2008

Posted by mom6 in Provo Ricks.

Tuesday: Dad and I had the opportunity of going on a cruise of the western Caribbean. His former student Dave Hadlock invited him to go on the cruise all-expenses paid in exchange for some lectures. So we flew into Tampa to begin this journey. Here are some of the members of our group:

Here we are in Georgetown on the Grand Cayman Island just before we got on a boat to go to Stingray City and swim among the stingrays:

Wednesday: And here we are just before we got on a ferry from the island of Cozumel to the mainland of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. The eagle, the cactus, and the snake are symbols of Mexico.

We saw this cool ceremony before going to the ruins of Tulum. The four men slowly go lower and lower as they rotate around the pole. They represent the four cardinal directions of the world.

These Classic ruins at Tulum, Mexico, were post-Book of Mormon times.

Right behind the castle was the sea—a great lookout to watch for approaching danger:

Thursday: Our next stop was at Belize City, where we took a bus and then a speedboat for an hour ride down the New River to the ruins at Lamanai, Belize. The speedboat slowed down so as not to disturb the fish for this local fisherman.

This is the famous mask temple at Lamanai, Belize—these are Maya ruins, parts of which were in existence during Book of Mormon times.

And then we walked through the pristine rainforest to get to the high temple—pretty awesome!

Dad and I scrambled up the tall, steep stairs (12-18-inch-high steps) to the very top of this temple. It was perhaps the highlight of our trip. We don’t know for sure, but this area may have been close to the land of Jershon, the land of inheritance for the Anti-Nephi-Lehis.

Not long after we climbed down, the rain began to pour down. It was warm rain and all part of a wonderful, memorable experience.

Friday: On the island of Roatan belonging to Honduras, we went to an iguana farm and got to feed leaves to the iguanas.

Here is a cool silhouette of Dad on the beach at Roatan.

We had a terrific time together and enjoyed meeting the people in our group, eating on the Carnival Legend ship, and just lazing around!


Mom and Dad



1. sockcrazy - September 25, 2008

Looks like it was an amazing cruise. There is no doubt it was an amazing deal for you. I am glad that you were able to go.

2. mandsrix - September 29, 2008

Your trip sounds amazing- did your friend get enough people to go so that it was a successful financial venture? I would certainly love to see the rainforest and ancient ruins. Did you add some new locations to your list of places you’ve been or have you traveled in South America before?

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