|Bright and early on Tuesday morning (6am). Cee Ryle had been sick the night before with a fever. He obviously still was not doing great this morning. This day we had to drive back to Guatemala City to catch our flight to Tikal.|
|Good bye Rio Dulce!|
|The loading of the van with all of our luggage was always a task!|
|After driving for a couple of hours we found this restaurant on the side of the road. We had to go check first to see how long it would take to feed us all because we didn't have much time to waste.|
|Just enjoying time together while waiting for our food.|
|Licuados are popular in Guatemala and with us! They are made with pretty much any fruit that you want and then with milk or water. They are delicious!|
|Zildy enjoyed this mosquito bite zapper a little too much!|
|While we paid and went to the restroom the kids just waited and waited. They would say we were dawdling but we had to take care of business!|
|We got back on the road and we were getting close to the city when the traffic stopped and it looked like this!|
|When the traffic like this stops there are always vendors that swarm to the cars to sell stuff. This is exactly what happened here. We ended up buying this yummy but weird looking fruit. I don't remember the name but it was good!!!|
The reason for the holdup was that there was a protest going on. So the road was blocked by the protesters. No cars could get through at all. We waited for a while hoping that they would let us through. Jonas even went up to talk to the people and they told them this could go on all day. We weren't very far from the airport but this protest did not seem to be letting up anytime soon and the time for us to be at the airport was getting close. We had to come up with a plan but what plan? Hector our travel agent for our Tikal trip called me to see how we were doing and I told him what was going on, He told me he would try and get some information for us and help us figure out a way through to the airport (tender mercy #1). We were going to do this Tikal trip on our own but decided to go with a travel agent just for this leg of the trip to releve some of the planning. This was the beginning of our Amazing Race filled with many tender mercies!
|The pilots looking back trying to come up with a plan|
|Here are the passengers trying to stretch and enjoy our time while we waited. The only thing we could do at this point was say a prayer that we would be able to figure something out and that we would be safe.|
|Might as well eat some mangos with lime while we wait right?|
The only solution we could come up with was to walk past the protest and from there take a taxi or a bus to the airport. Not a great solution but the only solution besides loosing all of our money that we had already paid for our flight and tour of Tikal.
|We began our hike up the road. We were about 1 kilometer from the protest and this is what it looked like. They let us through no problem but we were a little worried for our safety so we just stuck together.|
|We thanked our friend and gave him a good tip for his troubles. Which he was grateful for because they hadn't had much business all day since the road was blocked. Tender mercy for both.|
|We made it to our taxi or more like a mini-bus! All sweaty, tired, and stressed but safe!|
Another short drive but we were finally at the correct airport terminal. They said we barely made it cause they were about to close the doors (tender mercy #7).
|A few minutes with WIFI everyone connect!|
|That was our small plane that we were going on. No time to take Dramamine so good luck everyone!|
|This is the Island of Flores as seen from the plane.|
The areas they each had were:
Shayden: Rio Dulce
Cee Ryle: Atitlan
We were finally in Flores ready to go to our hotel in Tikal. Dinner was included in our package and we hadn't really eaten much since breakfast so we were looking forward to relaxing and getting up early for our Sunrise Tour of Tikal in the morning. As soon as we walked out of the airport someone from the hotel was to meet us there to take us to our hotel. They did meet us there but they had bad news for us... 😨 There was a protest going on in Tikal and we could not get into our hotel since it was inside the park. They were hoping that it would be open in the morning but the sunrise tour was not going to be possible!!! 😪😢😢😢😢😢 They told us they would take us to a restaurant so we could eat while they figured out what was going on. Hector was trying to tell me this during the craziness of trying to get to the airport but getting us to the airport was more important so we pushed this aside. They got a call and they decided to take us to another hotel and they would feed us dinner there.
|Beautiful view of Flores.|
It was about a 30 minute ride to our hotel. When we got there they told us that there wasn't enough rooms together so they split us up into two hotels. They were across the street from each other. Casey and I and Cee Ryle (because he was still a little sick) stayed in one room. Then the boys and Julio stayed in the other in the same hotel. Then in the other hotel were the girls in one room and Zildy and Jonas and Derick in another. For our room we had to climb up lots of stairs through the jungle (at least it seemed like that, we couldn't tell cause it was dark).
|It was raining so hard! But a little rain could not change the unforgettable memories that we were creating (tender mercy #9). Shayden couldn't stay inside he had to go dance in the rain!|
|This is what you call pouring!!!|