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

Tonina and Agua Azul - July 3rd

Happy birthday to Carlos!

Our group of 5 set out with our driver, Ramiro, and after 3 hours of road construction, dozens of topes (speed bumps), gorgeous mountain vistas, and a quick stop for quesadillas, we arrived at the ruins of Tonina. Lightly visited, we were happy we’d gone out of our way to find a private driver which allowed us to enjoy these beautiful ruins which include many well preserved sculptures and frescoes and a massive temple built up the face of a hill.

The museum was very nice, especially for a small site.

We sent the Andreas back to San Cristobal for other week-end plans and Sandee, Jan, Ramiro, and I headed to Agua Azul, a long series of waterfalls that were still beautiful despite recent rains toning down the usual turquoise hues.

Sandee and I enjoyed a cooling dip before we hit the road for Palenque where we spent the night at Hotel Xibalba - strange to be in a muggy, hot place again after a week in San Cristobal. HAPPY TRAILS!

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