On our free Sunday, we all got up around 5:30am to start driving to Placencia, a costal town in Belize about 3 hours away from San Ignacio. We had breakfast at a cafe in town and then geared up and took a 20 minute boat ride out to Laughing Bird Island, a national park in Belize. The island was beautiful with crystal clear water, palm trees, and all. We then got to snorkel around the island, looking at all of the different kinds of fish and other sea creatures in the coral reef. It was really cool, but I got a terrible sunburn on my back.
Tuesday was another cattle day. We injected A LOT of cows, but it took even long because the chute only held about 5 cows at once. Then it would take a while to herd that group out, and the next group in, and so forth. The runs we not very restrictive, so you had to be careful of the other cows in front of or behind the cow you were injecting. After we finished, the farm owners invited us into their house and treated us with banana bread and lime juice, which was very sweet of them.
That afternoon we took a trip to Barton creek, where we went cave canoeing and cliff jumping. It so surreal, wading through the water in caves that used to be used by the Maya in sacrificial rituals. The stalagmites and stalactites were magnificent to look at. At one point, we all turned off our flashlights, and it was so dark you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face. It was one of the top 3 coolest things I have ever experienced.