Heather and I travelled to Canada just before the full force of the rainy season began in Guatemala. The steep brown fields were bordered by emerald pine and oak forests. Upon our return four weeks later, the lush forest green had bled into the dry fields, now with germinating corn on the steep canyon hillsides. The transformation was both beautiful and miraculous.
A month from now, there will be no sign of the dry mountainous landscape that had survived 6 months with only two brief rainfalls. Somehow the forest thrives in this high altitude (7000ft/2300M) climate. The humidity, even at the driest time, is at least 50%, and may be the secret to the local vegetation’s success.
We are also trying to be responsible by reforesting and planting many fruit trees and bushes. Today I took a wonderful walk with two of our resident boys, 6 and 8 years old. We inspected the work of an ecological club of youth did in my absence. They generously volunteered and planted a mix 800 cypress, ponderosa pine and alder on a previously logged slope. This brings our total number of forest trees planted to over 1000. The fruit trees number over 300 and we are harvesting 70 delicious ever-bearing blackberries bushes.
I can boast that I come from one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Vancouver, BC. It was great to visit friends and family and appreciate the beauty of the north. I am very grateful that I live in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world, the heart of the Mayan world, Tecpan, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.