Saturday, September 19, 2009

Travels, Day 15, On The Way To Guatemala

Mom's travelogue continues:
Date: July 3, 1972
Place: Guatemala City, Guat.
"We arrived at the border at noon - stopped at Guatemala Consulate for our visas the to border for car permit. We were delayed at the border while they made us unpack everything in the car. They also looked the trailer over thoroughly. Then we had to prove to them we had $200.00 with us. They inspected all baggage & chests. After passing the border we had a flat tire on the trailer which delayed us some more.
It rained a shower on us. We arrived at 'Monkey River Ranch Trailer Park' about 7:30. Everything is so green + flowers are beautiful. Milton S. runs the trailer park - born in U.S. [Dad + Uncle] stayed here a few weeks."
My third country in a week and my second new country. Our crossing into Guatemala was a bumpy one. Again, I have no recollection of any of it except for where we ended up. You would think all the hullabaloo at the border crossing would have left some memory, but alas, no.

What I do remember makes sense since I was a little boy. We ended this day at the "Monkey River Ranch Trailer Park." The owner had a pet spider monkey. It was attached to a long chain and the chain was attached to a tree. I was fascinated by it. I watched it jump around and swing by its tail. I think I even fed it some fruit. It may have been the first monkey I'd ever seen and the memory of it stuck in my mind. I thought we'd stayed here for a few days but actually we were here only for a night. I guess it was a few days in monkey-child time.

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