Today, my Mom and I decided that we would go out exploring Western Belize. Our main goals were to see Spanish Lookout, see some Mayan ruins, and eat lunch at a lodge owned by Francis Ford Coppola, which was recommended by some friends. Somehow we managed to accomplish none of these things, while still having a great day.
We first headed out on the Western Highway towards Spanish Lookout. I have no idea where the name comes from. Spanish Lookout is the home of some of Belize's large Mennonite population. By some estimates that I've heard, Mennonites account for 10% of the population of Belize. They are quite common to see around the area. They hold much of the agricultural sector of the economy, especially poultry, dairy, and grains. And Spanish Lookout is one of the areas where they live. The land looks like mid-western farm land and the roads are well-paved. Unfortunately, we did not stay on the paved roads and got lost in the gravel roads between the fields. We took one road all the way until it literally ran into a river. There was a boatman who may have been able to take us across, but we chickened out and turned around. Eventually, we asked some guy how to get back to the Western highway and he took us back himself.