Our legs were pretty sore yesterday. We figured the best thing to do was give them a light workout, just to keep them limber! So we went for a stroll over to the central plaza which is only about 10 minutes away. First, we dropped off our laundry to have it washed, dried, and folded for 16 quetzales ($2.16). Might as well start the hike with fresh clean clothes at that price!
We like the central plaza here!
Every bank has an armed guard. They carry these fancy pistol style shotguns!
We wandered around a little and then Ruth found a used clothing store and went to check for a pair of hiking pants. Turned out that she found some capris she liked, but Ruth is becoming a tough negotiator and they couldn't come to an agreement. They got to the point where Ruth was offering 25 quetzales ($3.38) and they wanted 30 quetzales ($4.05). Neither would budge, so Ruth walked away. We didn't want to overpay like we did with my haircut!
While she was doing that, I stood outside and took some photos.
Even down here, everyone has a cell phone!
Then we bought a couple of bags of cut up fruit and went and had a seat under a tree in the central park. It's not really warm, just right at about 24C (74F) but the sun is very strong. It was fun just people watching, and it was such a beautiful day.
People watching in the park.
We went back to Casa Argentina and Ruth made some quesadillas for lunch. Then, we washed our tent. What a mess it was from all the moisture and wind from being on the top of the volcano! Much better now, though it took a lot of rinsing.
We went and had a nap before our 5:00pm meeting for our big hike.
Meeting our new hiking friends!
Our guides, Lindsey, David, and Ollie showing us our route!
Turns out there are 11 hikers going on this trip, and 3 guides. A total of 9 females and 5 guys. We will be getting together at 7:15am this morning and having breakfast, then a twenty minute walk to the bus station where we will catch a chicken bus for a three hour ride north. Then, another two hours in a microbus on twisty mountain roads to the village of Nebaj. We'll overnight there, and start our hiking where we'll be doing about 65 kms (40 miles) over four days, before heading back here on Sunday the 24th.
You won't be hearing from us again until then! Have a great week everybody, and we look forward to telling you about our experience when we return!
(I have just learned that some of you may not know that you can view our photos in their full glory simply by clicking on the photo. It will then magically appear as full size on your computer screen. Depending on your browser, you then just click the "back" arrow near the top left of your screen to return to the blog post.)