Anytime we do something fun, our kids invariably comment, "This is the BEST day ever!"
This time, our 'best day ever' was a visit to Guatemala's largest water park – Xocomil (pronounced sho-co-meel).
The kids had earned it through their 'bean jar' (they get beans for good deeds.) We were overdue on our payment.
So when the necessity for a trip to the border came (to renew our vehicle permit), we made the most of an otherwise grueling trip and had a day of fun.
As we parked our truck in the large parking lot, and walked toward the ticket booth, we were giddy, all wearing a gigantic grin (though I think Greg's was the biggest of all!)
Tickets were Q100 per adults (anyone over 4 ft is considered adult), and Q50 for kids. For our family it cost Q450 (about US$58).
Greg was so excited to get to the rides, he didn't even want me to take this picture, so in my rush, it turned out blurry 😉
The first ride was what the kids later named 'Zoom, Zoom'. It was everyone's favorite. (Except for me. I went on it once, and was so scared I couldn't even make a sound.)
Next was named the 'toilet bowl' (Daddy gave it that name), because it was shaped like a bowl, and they kept getting 'flushed' (watch the video to see).
Then we ran and did the 'red slide'…
As I stood on the platform taking pictures of my family, it was fun to also watch 'strangers' coming down the ride — everyone of them had a big grin on their face, or was laughing audibly.
How often does that happen? How often do people smile hugely or laugh out loud? How often do we get giddy about life? It should happen more often.
Next was the 'family blue'…
Then it's time to go…
What did you think?
We'll be back… after they open up the new slides they're building! (A Denning, Johnson, Jensen, Kelly party in January??)
Before we find a place to camp, we have to stop for food at a roadside comedor.
Mmmm…. makes me hungry (again) just looking at it. All this for only Q15 (US$1.95)
Then we slept out under the stars, with the fireflies and a crescent moon smiling down upon us…
Ahhh, life is good.
Have you visited Xocomil? Would you like to?
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