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!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Looonnngg Transition Day

I left Isabel and Hector’s house at 8am and made it to Panajachel, Guatemala just under 11 hours later; the trip was “supposed” to take 7 hours but since I’d predicted more I had reserved a room ahead here in Pana and will take a boat across the lake in the morning when the water will be calmer and the views better. Before I go to bed early and sleep in late, I’m going to post some photos. It doesn't make much sense to post so many on an uneventful day but posting them seemed easier than deciding between them.

1st, a parting shot in San Cristobal: Susana and Isabel keeping me company at breakfast.

Gorgeous mountain views the whole trip.

The Mexican officials stamped our passports, then 5 miles down the line the Guatemalan officials did the same. Meanwhile we transferred from a large van to 2 smaller ones and took in the scenery while we waited for others to get through the immigration lines.

Interesting money changer packing heat and more than his share of bling and hair pomade.

A monument to a former Guatemala president strangely positioned next to a huge garbage pile and under a sign that says "You're prohibited from throwing trash".

The garden at my hotel in Panajachel, Mario's Rooms (remember, Sylvia?).

The location and the price (under $15 US including breakfast) are excellent. The rooms are very small but offer plenty of hot water and strangely large safes.

I had a bagel with cream cheese for dinner at a sidewalk restaurant; this photo was taken during one of the few breaks between children and women wanting me to buy textiles, masks, bookmark, and handmade toys. HAPPY TRAILS!

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