Learn about jungle adventures in Belize at Lanier Library

Published 11:38 am Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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TRYON—At the next Live@Lanier program, on Tuesday, June 18, at 1 p.m, the community is invited to come along with Vince Verrecchio by horse, canoe, and foot to explore the interior of Belize: its mountain jungles, river caves, and remote Mayan city hidden in the rainforest. 

Vince has been a professional writer and photographer for about 55 years. He and his wife have been horseback riding together for more than 40 years in rings and on tracks and trails ranging from the snowcaps of British Columbia to the beaches of Iceland, the African savannah, and elsewhere. A camera has always been in hand to record the adventures for inclusion in his book-in-progress, “Joyrides to Farcorners.” A book, according to Vince, “that will never be finished until the last ride.” 

In the meantime, he has adapted chapters to magazine articles and a series of presentations at libraries and equine organizations. The latest chapter takes readers into the Central American tropics of Belize to ride through Jaguar Fern, learn about natural remedies for snakebites and skin burns from poison trees, canoe more than a mile into the dripping hush of a river cave, and explore the archaeological wonder of Caracol and climb its highest pyramid. 

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From there, atop Caana, the Sky Palace, words cannot do justice to what the camera preserves. At this upcoming event, the public can enjoy this from the comfort of a Lanier Library chair.

Lanier Library is located at 72 Chestnut Street in Tryon. To learn more, visit thelanierlibrary.org or call (828) 859-9535.


Submitted by Jenny Purtill