Not 1, but 2 Natural Disasters!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jul 12, 2010

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Monday, May 31, 2010

What better way to start off our adventure than with two natural disasters striking Guatemala - a volcano eruption and a tropical storm!  Needless to say, the Guatemala City airport is closed, and probably will be for the better part of a week.  They're dealing with a thick layer of ash covering most everything which was then turned to a thick paste when 20+ inches of rain fell.  The worst damage is seen in the poorest sections of town - those with the worst building infrastructure - many shacks built into hillsides were swept away in this weekend's mudslides.  In good news, the worst of the weather has passed! 

We are now flying out tomorrow (rather than Wednesday) to San Salvador and will work our way back up to Guatemala.  We've been in touch with our hosts in Antigua and were reassured of the clear skies and fresh shade-grown coffee waiting for us :).  We hope we can still make it to the highlands in Nebaj for our first multiple day hike - if the roads are in rough shape, or the conditions too treacherous, we are also investigating volunteering to help with the relief effort.

...Never a dull moment!  We'll be in touch from El Salvador.
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Leslie Leogrande on

Be safe; have fun. We will be tracking you and wishing godspeed.

Les and Dennis

Amanda Gomez on

I'm so excited for you two as you start this really exciting journey! I'll check the blog often and can't wait to hear about all of your adventures! Sending lots and lots of good travel karma your way from Seattle!

Kelly on

Safe travles! Looking forward to reading the blog...I am sure it will be highly entertaining:)

Bridget Conly on

Hey guys. Have so much fun!! I wish you safe travels. Can't wait to read about them.

-O- & D on

Have a wonderful, SAFE trip. Our love and prayers go with you! xoxoxoxo

emily on

i know you two will have an AMAZING trip! so excited to read along w your adventures, have fun!!

Lisa on

Can't wait to hear how everything is going! Have fun! Much love, -L

Ali on

At least you avoided the sinkhole this week. Greetings from Germany and have fun guys!

Teresa on

You guys are brave! Have a blast! Cant wait to see all your pictures and read about your adventures!!!!!

Yules on

I love you guys! Be safe please! have a good time!!!

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