Well, one thing is - Our journey so far has shown us is that no matter how crazy you think someone else's driving is (uh hum...Roland) ...you have not been on a bus in Guatemala. Oi Vey! It is unlike anything we have experienced. When Brian´s eyes get as big as they can go, and he mutters "Jesus" under his breath...you know it's a ride.
You Coloradoans, imagine Black Bear pass (near the waterfall). THAT wide, THAT rough, and turns so tight you swear you just made a full circle....over and over again. Oh - and all in a greyhound size bus screaming along at about 60 mph. You truly believe it will fall over and you are just waiting for the wheels to screeech. We had to laugh the entire time, because, hey, what else can you do? A cross between pure amusement (that no one else is noticing but the white folks) and nervous laughter perhaps! Those things corner like they're on rails.
Arriving via Moto-taxi
THE FINCA : The story of this specific Finca is very interrestig, sad, inspiring:
In the late 1960's (of course) an American couple Mike and Carol DeVine purchased over 400 acres in a remote area in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. They established Finca "Ixabel".
A Finca is a working farm, ranch.....They made an open area for travelers to camp and built 3 tree houses to give other traveles a safe place to stay and rest before they continued on. Stories of the hey-day of this place circulate aroud the property knows as the good days. It is now 3x as big. In June 1990 Mike was murdered by the Army. This prompted the U.S. Give to suspend military aid to Guatemala. After a lengthy investigation and fighting the case for years, Carol, his wife, still owns, remains at and ruins the Finca. Some of the oftcers in the murder were captured, some let go and some never found. The story is interesting and probably can be found online. Their website is www.fincaixobel.com
It is almost completely self sufficient here. Most all their food is oganic, grown on property, they have their own cows, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, horses...the ususl. They offer tours on property like cave expeditions, tubing down the rapids, hikes, and horseback riding.
Every night they have a large family style dinner and happy hours at their "bar". Melanie´s dad would freak our if he saw this. "The Farm" Guatemala style. We liked it so much we stayed an extra day.
A little self guided hike about
Hike in the Yungle
So now we are off for a 1 km hike down a dirt road to wait on the side of a Guatemalan "highway" wondering if a random bus will show up. Its what we do. In the meantime we will talk to a Guatemalan - Mormon- missionary-deportee on a rusty bike in a polo shirt and boston redsocks hat ....just to kill some time.