I realized Friday that I was feeling a little depleted from doing, doing, doing so much of the time, and not taking enough time to be.
And there’s no place like beautiful nature settings to just let yourself be.
I’m blessed to live an hour’s drive away from Belize’s massive Mountain Pine Ridge area, home to a number of great eco-resorts, including two that are especially recognized as two of the world’s best: Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge and the Gaia Resort.
The two resorts are way out of my meager beer budget–I can’t even afford the $4.50 price of a Belikin beer at Coppola’s place (which is $1.25 to $1.50) for the same bottle of the prime beer all over Belize).
But I can hang out there all day and benefit from some of its offerings, like the birding and orchids trail and the streams and waterfalls that run beside it. I can even sit on the balcony of one of the vacant cottages and take in an incredible view or catch some birds in the distance with the binocs.
Just hanging there, or at Gaia a couple miles down the road from it, is absolutely free.
But my first stop up in the mountains Friday was at the natural waterfall and great swimming holes at the place called “Big Rock.”
You may recall that a year ago this week, I was making the steep and very steep descent down the trail to Big Rock when I slipped and fell and slid with my right ankle forming a pretzel beneath my butt as I slid down the steep and very steep trail about 15 feet before I was able to grab something and stop.
I ended up, you’ll recall, at the hospital, in this condition:
Happy to report that I made it up and down Big Rock without incident this year and enjoyed my Nature Appreciation Day.
And mind you, I don’t Belize you have to live in a Belize to find a beautiful place in nature to just be for a while. Find your own Belize and just go sometimes.
Here’s pix form Frank Coppola’s joint, a pretty exceptional place, admittedly, to let everything just be.