I’m a Grey Gappie

I’ve been looking forward to this year, and think a blog might be the way to communicate with loved ones.


Across Lake Atitlan

We awoke to find a hummingbird in the lime tree in front of our room, then caught a ferry across the lake, which is ringed by forested, cloud topped mountains,

to the town of Santiago.

We visited the church, which held icons dressed in homemade clothes, on the way to Maximon.

Maximon is a deified wooden idol, cared for by a shaman.


He looks very like a Spanish conquistador, and smokes offerings of cigarettes, and drinks proffered whiskey. In return, he rids the worshippers of their vices. Here’s hoping he delivers!