The frantic days of packing and tying up loose ends are over and we are off on travel!!! We started our journey to Belize on New year’s eve leaving out of the Milwaukee airport. We had one of the kids babysitters drive us to Milwaukee on that morning to avoid a large seven week parking bill. Even though there was four inches of snow the night before we had little trouble navigating the roads to the airport. Our flight with Southwest was on time and we were off to Houston and then onto Belize City.
Although not the capitol, Belize City is one of the larger cities in the country and where most tourists fly into. We walked off our plane into the warm moist air and truly knew we were out of the Midwest, winter fading quickly away. We rented a car for this first portion of the trip to see some of the far flung locations. After a quick drive into town we checked into our hotel. Unbeknownst to us the hotel we are staying at is throwing a huge New Years Eve party, with music until 4am in the morning, Ugghhhh our first major fail. We ate dinner and took a quick walk around town; we took a picture with the big Belize sign then went to sleep. We endured the music and the loud party using ear plugs and most everyone slept reasonably well.
The next morning both Maddy and I went on separate runs around the town, mostly the downtown area of Belize City which is situated on the two sides of Haulover Creek. It was interesting to see what appeared to be a mostly run down city, with a bit of investment could be a very charming downtown area although they are missing beaches so will likely miss out on the associated tourism. We ate breakfast and then began a 3 1/2 hour drive to Placencia.