Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Amber and Spirits

Another great day with family and school. After class my host, Hector, took the women in my group and I to the home of a friend who makes jewelry from amber. All of us bought items for ourselves and for gifts. I’ve posted photos of the house and our shopping experience below.

After lunch we were driven 10 miles out of town to participate in a spiritual ceremony which included a traditional Maya temascal (sweat bath). It was an incredible experience. After, as we shared tea and fruit with the leaders, I set my camera’s timer to take a picture of us and this phenomenal photo is what the camera recorded. This is not a joke; there were no reflections or smoke or steam and I didn’t mess with the photo. How phenomenal to participate in a spiritual ceremony and have a spirit show up in your group photo?! HAPPY TRAILS!

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