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#72411 - 08/21/03 10:05 AM trip pics
Marty Offline
here's some of our trip pics, we had such a large group (11-18) this year that i din't get a chance to shoot as much as usual...

but i shot the heck out of the caves and tubing....

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#72412 - 08/21/03 10:29 AM Re: trip pics
f095 Offline
Great pictures! Been to many of the same places, just have not made it to Ambergris Caye yet. I plan on that changing soon.
Flora smile

#72413 - 08/21/03 10:41 AM Re: trip pics
mikell Offline
absolutely loved those pictures marty! you took some great shots which give a real taste of a vacation there...

where are those ruins? i've been wondering if there is a place you can see ruins on AC...or if you have to go to the mainland?

would like to take a side trip one day...aside from snorkeling...but don't want to spend a lot of extra money or take a whole day trekking around...any suggestions?

#72414 - 08/21/03 11:09 AM Re: trip pics
Marty Offline
those ruins are at xunantunich, near the guatemalan border and benque viejo...

from AC, its easier to get to Lamanai or Altun Ha. any of the folks at:

can get you there!

definently have to go to the mainland to see the large ruins. Altun Ha is a shorter trip, Lamanai is longer, and you see a bit more river life.. Lamanai is an all day trip.

#72415 - 08/21/03 12:33 PM Re: trip pics
CND Offline
Marty great pics!

How did you pack your camera for the Cave tubing I was to paranoid to take my good camera, so I just took a water proof disposable… needles to say the pictures sucked :rolleyes:

#72416 - 08/21/03 12:49 PM Re: trip pics
Magnum Belize Offline

If that is a few photos I can only imagine what it is when you take a lot of pictures. Absolutely wonderful! Just took a walk down memory lane for many of the shots. I just couldn't stop clicking to the next shot!!!!
Loved them all!

#72417 - 08/21/03 01:19 PM Re: trip pics
Marty Offline
i shoot everything with a minolta srt101, so if the body gets ruined its a $90 replacement... no electrics on this camera. no automatic exposeure or anything like that, its a 1970's camera... i carry two camera bodies in the field, along with another backup in the luggage....

i used a medium sized waterproof bag to put the camera and lenses in when paddling in the tubes. when walking in the caves i pulled the camera out and carried it.

used a 20mm lens mostly, and a flash that is solid to 70 feet. focused by estimated distance. i used the headlamp to try to frame the pic a little. pretty tough to frame facing black. i'd try to wave the headlamp around a bit while looking thru the viewfinder to try to get some idea of the edge of the frame.

used 200 ASA film...

there is a constant drip from the cave ceiling, not like heavy rain or anything, but a camera dependent on electrics might have more trouble. its interesting carrying the camera in one hand, the bag in the other. no hands left to scramble with when hiking in the caves, so keep the body low and well balanced!!!!

i do however, highly recommend this activity!!!!!

my dad is 70, and we were a tad worried, but he kicked ass and loved it, and they had a guide, Vita, who watched him closely, and pa really appreciated that. always had an arm to lean on if necessary... or help chasing that tube when it gets away!!!!!

what a gas though. everyone just loves the cave tubing/hiking. the black hole drop (hundred(s)? of feet down rapelling into caves) is another favorite... especially in a monsoon!!!! its amazing how the caves branch guides can take rookie scaredy cats and get them safely and proudly down that rope... certainly gives one confidence to face their fears.

my wife just about killed me when she realized she and her babies (then 18 and 21) were going off that cliff and down that rope. but everyone did superbly due to the great guide skills of the guides of caves branch... (carlos, abel, walter, vita, pedro- we thank you all)

#72418 - 08/21/03 01:32 PM Re: trip pics
Mel S Offline
Hola Amigo Mio, these pics are awesome dude......ms.
Mel Sinderman

#72419 - 08/21/03 02:15 PM Re: trip pics
Marty Offline
hey Mel, good to 'see' ya, thanks!

#72420 - 08/21/03 02:53 PM Re: trip pics
Gela Offline
Marty, such a handsome family. Wonderful pictures. I do hope we meet in person one day!
Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's" frown

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