|my tiny little plane|
|look at the view out the window|
|the view from my rooms balcony who I shared with Greg|
|the hike around the jungle I took by my self|
|the one picture I could get of the creepy fox thing.|
When I met back at the hotel for my tour I was able to meet some other people who were along for it with me as well. I deiced that I would take this time to try to work on my social skills and strike up some conversations. Again I figured here is this chance where I have no pressure on me. I mean none of these people will ever see me again and I will be so insignificant that I don’t need to worry about making an impression. It helped that may were also travelers and around my age. I loved being out in the Ruins. Mayan history is very complex and to think that there were people out there making these incredible temples brick by brick long before the time of machines. They had this ability to figure out stuff that I sometimes feel even modern civilizations couldn’t even with all our tools and gadgets. It was so amazing and I can’t even begin to describe how it must have been almost spiritual to be in such a place where so many really amazing events and creations occurred. We had the chance to really explore all around the ruins and even climb all the way to the top of some of the taller buildings to catch a truly amazing birds eye view. It was tough on the body but totally worth it.
|a model of the whole park|
|one of the ruin groups|
|temple 5 that we all climbed to the top of.|
|going up was intense|
|once at the top it was completely worth all the effort. Look at this view!!|
OK you know how I have mentioned that I love seeing animals in nature right. Well I will say that seeing animals in the natural jungle was so much better. We saw monkeys galore, both spider monkeys swinging around in the trees looking for food and howler monkeys crying out for each other high up in the tree tops. There was coatimundi all around the place acting like the modern day raccoons would in my home town. We had so many amazing birds like parrots, turkeys, and so many more flying around. The small lakes had crocodiles and turtles and even a pair of wart hogs enjoying the mud for a bath. I even got to see a jaguar lounging in the mid day sun enjoying a very bloody carcass for dinner but it was so far away you could only catch a glimpse through the binoculars in the distance. I want to pack up my bags and move into the center of it spending my life studying the amazing jungle animals. Maybe someday this will be what I end up doing who knows. But I can say that I felt so much more complete as I sat looking at this incredible wildlife that I knew my life is forever changed now.
|some sort of cool huge bird.|
Watching the sun set over these temples was a once in a life time experience. Seeing how these people had built this city among the properties of moon and sun cycles blows me away but being there you can totally see how it was done. These people are so amazing. They were able to create so much from so little they should be an inspiration for us all. They still carry this sense and history to all the generations still alive. It makes me long even for some of that same sense of heritage about the African American side of myself I am so out of touch to. Maybe that should be my next step. Try to figure out about the stories and struggles my fathers side had to endure.
|another of the large temples in the plaza|
|from the top of that one in the above photo|
|another view from the top of the plaza temple|
|sun setting over the ruins|
|we were so lucky to have a shaman performing a ritual during our tour so we got to watch him set up and tell us all about it.|
The night was spent hanging out with some of the other travelers I met drinking beer and talking about where we had all come from and gone to and just about who we are. It was perfect and for once I felt like I was just another member of the cool crowd. Maybe it was being in this foreign country with so many in the same place as I am that made this conversation so easy. One of those guys was named Greg and he was traveling alone like me and also from the states. He happened to be my next door neighbor and we shared a balcony. He was also taking both the sunset and sunrise tours. After the tour was over he came over asking if I drank beer. I said of course I do. He told me about this awesome deal the hotel had where you could get 10 beers for like 100 Q and asked if I wanted to share it with him. I totally jumped on that deal so together we sat at a table next to the pool and just talked drank beer and a few other people from the tour and hotel joined us. It really was awesome. I felt better then I ever had before on this trip and I tried to just enjoy it and feel how easy it was to be this person. After all that beer and conversation we all eventually headed to bed, a few people saying that they weren’t sure if they could make it up at 3 am to take the sunrise tour. I knew that I was going to so I made sure to set my phone alarm. Then drifted off into a very contented sleep.