Matt proposed to Karen in June 2009 in Burlington, Iowa. We discussed when and where and decided we would get married in San Pedro, Belize, February 5, 2010. We will upload photos during our trip when we have time.
Looking straight down from out the window of the puddle-jumper plane heading to San Pedro. Seeing the landing gear and the reef in the water below.
This was when we were just waking up our first morning in San Pedro.
Sunrise our first morning.
A heron fishing for breakfast.
We went for a walk to the dock this morning and saw this snake under our house. It looks to be about a 4 to 5 foot boa or python. We'll be sure to have Carlos get rid of it when he comes to clean up the beach this morning.
Here's Karen on the balcony outside the master bedroom our first morning.
We're far enough out of town, we see all kinds of wildlife near the house. Here, an osprey is perched on the top of the mast of the sailboat.
Saw a nice little sailboat while biking through town.
Stopped to see one of our favorite singers, Kelly McGuire at the Sandbar. They have some funny signs and carved coconut heads on the wall.
In the middle of Matt making breakfast this morning.
Scrambled eggs, toast, fresh pineapple and papaya.
Central park looking out to the Caribbean.
A dock area in San Pedro
New York Pizza Belizean Style
Leonel's Tortilla Factory #2
In the heart of downtown San Pedro. The business with the metal roof immediately to the right is where we bought our pineapple and papaya.
Downtown San Pedro
The new, modern Tropic Air gate at the San Pedro airstrip.
Just South of the airstrip
Karen riding her bike on the way back "home" south of town. We'll be averaging about 15 miles of riding per day.
Pedro's Inn. I'm heading to play some poker here tonight.
Edit - I lost
A cannon recovered from a shipwreck off Ambergris Caye
The sign for an Internet and computer shop south of town.
The Internet shop that had the sign in the previous photo.
A well manicured lawn south of town.
Our house from the road. Notice it's for sale?
Sunrise this morning with an osprey at the top of the sailboat mast and a heron looking for breakfast.
Karen enjoying the boat ride on the way to fishing, snorkeling and the beach barbeque.
Matt enjoying the boat ride on the way to fishing, snorkeling and the beach barbeque.
Our driver, tour guide, fisherman and cook, Eloy. He's the husband of the caretaker of the house.
A view of some boats and the water in front of San Pedro.
A look at the crystal clear water within the reef north of San Pedro.
Matt and the first catch of the day. It's a yellow snapper.
Karen and her first fish, a yellow snapper.
Matt caught a red snapper.
Karen caught a pergie. She also, believe it or not, hooked a stingray and struggled to ground it until it broke her line.
Enjoying a Coke in a glass bottle.
A self-portrait of us after fishing.
I didn't quite get it centered but here is some of the rest of lunch. Conch and lobster.
Karen getting set to go snorkeling.
Photo of the reef taken while snorkeling.
Pelicans waiting for hand-outs while Eloy cleans our catch.
THE conch shell. We ate the prior occupant for lunch.
The prior occupant, now evicted and sentenced to lunch.
A pelican after he got all the hand-outs he was going to get.
We poured ourselves some of Matt's homemade rum punch to wander the beach at Portofino while Eloy cooks lunch.
Eloy prepping lunch.
Just some coconuts on the ground.
A crab in the water at Portofino.
An anchor recovered from a shipwreck off Ambergris Caye.
Some trees on the beach just north of Portofino.
Some coconuts still on the tree. We'll be having one of these for dessert.
A view across the grounds of Portofino to the water and the reef.
The house where our Eloy cooked and served us our lunch.
Eloy cooking lunch.
That's snapper in the middle, conch between 6:00-8:00, lobster at 11:00 and potatoes 12:00-3:00.
It was incredibly delicious. Fresh-caught lobster?! Oh Yeah!
We adjusted Matt's custom rum punch for the boat ride home. Ingredients? Blended fresh pineapple, Fanta Orange and rum.
This little guy was helping us out by eating the flies trying to eat our lunch. He got about 5 or 6 of them, jumping onto the side/top of my glass to catch one in midair staying on my glass for several seconds. I couldn't get a picture of it quick enough, unfortunately.
I asked Eloy if he could get us some fresh coconut. Fresh coconut has very sweet milk.
A great end to a great day. We're heading back to the house. Just another day in paradise.
A look down on our beach from our upper deck.
We had an awesome day yesterday on and in the water most of the day. Yes, we weren't as careful as we should have been with the suncreen. The sunburn isn't as bad as it looks.
Our parking spot. Just watch out for the fire ants.
The view from our deck looking east during the day.
View from our deck looking southwest.
A couple of views of our deck.
Karen riding her bike into town.
Matt riding his bike into town.
Locals going about their business.
What do two people from Nebraska eat for lunch in Belize? Corn on the cob, of course, Karen was nice enough to share with the pigeons.
School kids playing baseball outside the Island Academy.
One of the guys we share the house with.
Just another sunrise.
This cormorant would perch himself on the end of the dock every day and spread his wings to either dry himself off or warm himself up.
Karen enjoying the sunrise on the dock.
A view of our parking spot and driveway.
Karen riding her bike around San Pedro
Karen on the water taxi on her way to Caye Caulker.
Matt on the water taxi on his way to Caye Caulker.
We can see our house from the water taxi.
Approaching Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker's saying is "Go slow". A boat named "Chillax" seems appropriate.
Even the dogs chillax here.
We found our new favorite spot, the Lazy Lizard.
The Lazy Lizard is a bar/restaraunt at the cut in Caye Caulker with area for people to sun themselves on rocks, much like a lazy lizard.
A boat going through the cut at the Lazy Lizard.
The No. 1 Outside Seaview Beauty Salon
Gotta show the sunrise.
Wearing our bride and groom hats on our wedding day. Sorry, guys. There is no hammock so this will have to do.
Karen riding her bike the morning of the wedding, proudly wearing her "Bride" cap.
The incredibly patient jeweler. She worked with us to design the perfect bracelet for the bride.
The red bag we used as a sign so the wedding party would know where we were.
Laurie and Paul before the wedding.
Our band, Mike Green and Gary Kroeker. They were awesome! Mike has some original music that is great, including the song he played and sang during our wedding. He wrote it and sang it at his niece's wedding and played it for us, too!
Matt, Paul and the minister as we were waiting for my bride.
Here comes the bride.
Walking down the aisle.
During the ceremony. Minister Salazar's words were perfect. We couldn't have chosen them better.
Minister Salazar is also a Senator of Belize.
Mike and Gary played a song Mike wrote for his niece's wedding during the ceremony. Dulce, the wedding planner is in orange.
A husband and wife's first kiss.
Making it official
We were all set up for a photo and the wedding crasher came up and laid down at our feet.
Rings and bridal bouquet. The flowers are so perfect they look fake but they are very real. The bracelet was custom made on the beach for the wedding. The five shells represent Karen's five children.
Dang wedding crasher.
Sitting on the dock.
Our first dance
Cheese, crackers, chips, lobster dip, the bridal bouquet and the wedding crasher, fresh from swimming and fishing.
Matt having a good time.
The groom has a take a few photos and videos, too.
These guys were really good. They are just two Jerry Jeff Walker fans who happened to meet at one of his concerts. They met and started playing together. Mike is from Bend, Oregon and Gary is from Alabama. They play together whenever they meet up in Belize.
The bride, the groom and the band.
Photo of the party from the dock.
A guys' toast. Paul, Matt, Mike and Gary.
Matt and Paul
The wedding area on the beach. Palm leaves and conch shells filled with flowers.
Popping the cork on a bottle of champagne.
Ready to throw the bouquet
Who's going to catch it?
Laurie caught it! What a surprise!
Getting ready to try to duplicate the scene from our cake topper.
Trying to duplicate the scene from or cake topper.
The wedding cake
Cutting the cake
After feeding each other cake
Most people look sad with their Tropic Air boarding passes ready to leave San Pedro. We're happy! Why? We're on our way to Tikal in Guatemala!
There's our plane.
We had the flight all to ourselves.
Some of uninhabited cayes between Ambergris Caye and Belize City.
Getting off at Belize City to go through Immigration before leaving the country.
The jungle and a river on the way to Flores.
Looking straight down at the jungle.
Descending into Flores, Guatemala.
In the minivan from the airport. This way to Tikal.
Some of the sights, people, animals, houses and the way people live here is eye-opening.
That's two young girls riding a motorcycle with no helmets.
This is a highway but people don't care if they see traffic coming. They'll get JUST to the other side of the white line.
Horse grazing at the side of the road.
Made it to Tikal Park.
The ceiba tree is huge.
Walking on the path in the jungle.
The tree roots act as steps down the slope.
Those are bats in the middle of the picture.
An altar stone and stela. Small sacrifices were put under the hollow area under the altar stone and the stela typically tells a story of a king coming into power or winning a war.
A spider in the women's restroom.
Many of the ruins are still fully or partially buried.
A side view of Temple One
We are standing in the South Acropolis, looking over the Grand Plaza between Temples One and Two, looking at the North Acropolis
Matt standing in the Grand Plaza Ball Court to give some perspective on size.
From the bottom step of Temple One
An Oscillated Turkey
The steps leading to the top of Temple Two
Looking down a flight of steps from near the top of Temple Two
Temple One from the observation platform on Temple Two
The Grand Plaza from the observation platform on Temple Two.
A mask in the North Acropolis.
Matt standing near the back of Temple One.
Temple One shrouded in fog from the side of Temple Two.
The morning was quite foggy.
Temple Five from the base.
The stairs to the top of Temple 5.
This little guy saw everyone climbing the stairs, he wanted to try, too.
A snack bar in the jungle. Please be sure to read and follow the instructions on the sign. Do not feed the animals. Are they talking about the tourists?
Love the name of the vendor.
View from the top of Temple Four. This scene is shown near the end of the original Star Wars movie, now known as Part IV - A New Hope.
A slightly lower angle seen from the first landing of the stairs on the way down from the top of Temple Four.
The pool area at the Jungle Lodge.
The main driveway to the Jungle Lodge. See those stones embedded in the driveway? They're not as smooth as they look. Walking up and down this driveway several times in a day is really hard on the feet, legs and back.
There is a bit of a red/orange glow at the top of Temple One from the sunset.
Karen taking it all in on our last evening at Tikal.
It was a foggy morning for our drive to the airport in Flores.
Back at Belize International Airport for the flight home.
This stand across the street from Belize International selling stewed chicken, rice and beans, and cole slaw was our best lunch on this trip. It was awesome.