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Jungle Dirt Bikes in the Rain Forest!
Again, with much thanks to Ecologic Divers, we enjoyed another wonderful adventure in the Belize jungle Interior. It was time once again for our families quarterly adventure, to explore Belize. Today our journey took us - into the Belizean jungle, to ride jungle dirt bikes or "all terrain vehicles" (ATV) as some people call them.
We were each given our own "ATV" to drive. So for us kids who are under the legal driving age, we thought this was the best adventure ever! We each got a lesson on how to operate the "ATV", where the accelerator was located, the engine kill button, brakes and how to go faster, slower, brake and stop. We started our engines, formed a cue, and our guide stood up on his "ATV" and shouted "LET'S GO!" We had one guide in the front, one to the rear and two separate guides to supervise the trails if we got stuck.
It was a wonderful feeling for my kids, to feel that they could drive their own motor bike in a controlled setting, along jungle trails. Doing it together, took away all the fear and when they got stuck, out popped a guide from the jungle brush, to pull them out of the mud and get them headed back into the right direction. We went through mud puddles, over homemade wood branch pole bridges, through brush, and we even got to see some of the damage Hurricane Richard did to the jungle this last fall. We saw animal trails, footprints, burrows, termite nests, howler monkeys and all kinds of birds. This tour would be best taken during the rainy season (June to November), when the ground is moist and there is lots of mud. So for those of you guys looking for a "manly adventure", hook up with one of these babies during the raining season and cover yourself with mud.
Lauren, my youngest (age 6) rode on the "ATV" with me, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire adventure. The following are some pictures we took, for you to enjoy of our day together.