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!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Palenque and Misol Ha

Happy birthday to Betty!

The morning of the 4th of July we headed to the Palenque Ruins early to beat the heat and the crowds. The site was incredibly beautiful with huge temples, labyrinthine rooms, excellent details, and a fantastic jungle setting - absolutely awe inspiring.

The museum not only offered hundreds of beautiful objects including the fresco with original paint and jade mask, below, but there was a troop of howler monkeys in the trees just outside the door.

After checking out of our hotel we headed to Misol Ha, a gorgeous waterfall....

....where we took a quick dip before eating lunch and hitting the road. The 5 hour drive back through the mountains provided an interesting selection of village views as we changed back to the cooler, rainy climate of a San Cristobal evening. HAPPY TRAILS!

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