A bird's eye view of the Mayan ruins of Tikal. We repeated this foot shot from our visit many years ago. Seven years perhaps?
Can a number have power? Numbers definitely have special meanings. If the number seven does hold a certain sway, I hope that the seven sacred (at least to me) photos shown here will bring me good luck. I posted these on Instagram, and they only brought me a new onslaught of cyber morons that use the follow/ unfollow method to grow their account. I love sharing travel photos, but I hate that so many people on social media lack integrity as fellow humans - they waste my time. But, the fact that I posted a few vacation photos on the vexing app, made it quick and easy for me to get back on the blogging track.
It's a snowy day in hell - I mean Minnesota - and we just got back from glorious Guatemala. We saw mystical Mayan ruins, towering volcanoes and more new bird species than any of our ten previous Central America trips. Guatemala is a beautiful place. A country packed with soaring vistas, miles of uncharted jungle, Mayan history and friendly, loving people. At one of the places we stayed, the owner gave my husband a hug. Instagram users could learn a thing or two from the people of Guatemala.
A room with a view in bustling, vibrant, yummy Antigua.
Peaceful waters at Lake Peten.
Coffee for miles near the cloud forest of Coban. (although, ironically, there's not a cloud in sight)
A red portal in Flores.
A bucket list sunset at Lake Atitlan.
Temple 5 at Tikal.
There are seven platforms above, cradling Temple five. The number seven permeates the Maya culture like clockwork. Click on the number Seven for a more thorough numerical explanation.
Today, I just wish I could close my eyes, count to seven and be transported back to the jungles of Tikal. It was magical at dusk, when spider monkeys, large green parrots, falcons and toucans outnumbered tourists. The chatter of birds was only overpowered by the feral roar of the howler monkey.
There will be many and more to come in 2018 about Guatemala. I took more photos than any other trip with my new camera.
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