Coban is a town up in the hills in Guatemala that is known for cold and
drizzly weather, but also for incredible scenery, rivers, and caves. We
went to Semuc Champey, a national park that has a natural bridge
created by the river that runs under it. There are actual cave swims
that you can go on but because of all the rains, the water was up to
armpits and when the guide said, "There may be places where you'll have
to go underwater for a little while" -- in the dark cave where you just
have your flashlight -- we decided to wait for another time for that!
is also known for its orchids and hosts an annual Orchid Festival in
December. It was one of those places with all varieties everywhere that
just makes you depressed because you can't even grow one no matter how
hard you try.
are the waterfalls that are coming out of the top of the natural
bridge. If you continue a little farther, you'll hit the big waterfall
where the river is coming out the other side. We actually slide down
the hills where it looks like natural waterslides.
is the view (left) from the observation point. I would say it was about
600 feet down. You can see little people in the picture if you look
hard. We hiked 1.5 hours to the top and then back down to the river
thinking he is funny and on the nature-made waterslide.
was a fun time and neat to see more of the country. I would highly
recommend living your life while you work instead of waiting until
retirement as there are no guarantees and your body is not always that
reliable. I would rather work a little longer -- and it looks like the
government is going to make that a necessity not an option -- and enjoy
all God has created and plan "smart " instead of "worried".