Thursday, February 25, 1999

Greetings from Peten Guatemala!

It's only been a week since my last update to you all, but I'm in a new country and a lot has happened...

To start with I was shipwrecked! Yes, I was in a boat that was marooned on Blackbird Caye in the Caribbean. I know that that doesn't sound tough; like who wouldn't want to be shipwrecked on a deserted island in the Caribbean? I went out early one morning to dive the Blue hole (eat your heart out Joe and Andrew!) it was fabulicious! 47 meters down in the hole there is this network of caves full of stalagmites, and... Phosphorescence! But I digress. After doing two more dives on the clear glassy Caribbean, we were headed home and the engine cracked a block.
No one answered our mayday on the radio, so we needed to head for the closest land. The engine would work at about 1% of capacity, so we limped at a speed that any infant crawling could exceed till we hit the reef at Turneffe.
We then pulled the boat through the waist deep water inside the reef to Blackbird. After a hike through the mangrove swamp, we ended up crashing for the night in a resort that was abandoned after hurricane Mitch had pretty much destroyed it. There were only 4 other people on the island besides us. Luckily one of them had a telephone, so we called for help. SaraGrace was by this time worried sick (she was still on Caulker) but by 1:30 the next day we were rescued.

Anyway, we left for Tikal the next day and that's where we are now.


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