I hope you all had a lovely Father’s Day weekend. We had a pretty nice time. We didn’t do anything too extravagant since my hubby wanted to save our resources and celebrate on home leave in a couple weeks. So on Saturday we went to the San Ignacio Iguana Project and then to lunch at the Ka’ana Resort, then we just chilled at the house on Sunday.

The iguana project was pretty cool. Our CLO had taken the local international school kids there on a field trip a while ago, but our son isn’t in school yet, so he missed out. Since then, it had been on my bucket list to take him before we left.

We were the only ones there on Saturday morning so we got a personal tour. First we were met by the guide and given a short briefing about how iguanas are hunted in Belize for food, so the iguana project’s goal is to breed them in captivity, raise them until they’re about two years old, and then release them back into the wild.

They’re all kept inside a fairly spacious screened enclosure, and we were (carefully) given sprigs of stinging nettles to feed them and entice them out of their little corners. At one point we had at least 20 juveniles snacking on our branches.

We were also introduced to Gomez, the oldest resident at 17 years. He could live to about twice that age if he remains in captivity. They usually only make it to about 15 if they’re on their own and haven’t already been killed for food.

But the experience was great and informative. Daddy and I got to hold Gomez, and our son got to hold one of the five-day-old hatchlings. And we all got to sport a juvenile on our head for photos. After that we were given a tour of their little garden where they grow the nettles, along with a dozen kinds of ginger flower, water hyacinth and Dutchman’s pipe.

Iguana enclosure.

Iguana enclosure.

Juvenile iguana.

Juvenile iguana.

17-year-old Gomez.

17-year-old Gomez.

5-day-old hatchling.

5-day-old hatchling.

 

It was ridiculously hot as usual, and after an hour my vision was getting a little blurry. So we thanked our guide and continued on to the air-conditioned loveliness of the Ka’ana Resort’s indoor restaurant where I snacked on the shrimp and aioli salad followed by tiramisu, our son had a few bites of the fantastic smoke pork empanadas with pickled onion relish and the alcohol-free top layer of my tiramisu, and my hubby had the gourmet pizza.

Not a bad Father’s Day weekend at all!! And the visit to the Ka’ana restaurant was also kind of ceremonial for us. It was the first restaurant that we visited outside of Belmopan after our arrival at post in 2011, and it will probably be the last one before our official departure from Belize.

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