Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

11 Sep



Tikal, Guatemala


Near and Far.

After the crazy turbulent mini plane ride where you  almost died, you thank God when you land on the jungle floor and the mosquito attacks you.

You enter the plaza and see it. It’s majestic.

You can’t believe your people built this, and it takes you ages to build something with Legos.

You walk to the base. It’s there. You’re close. You’re near.

And then you look at the steps. You look at the top.

It’s 125 feet tall.


You take a breath, a bottle of water, and are thankful that you wore deodorant.

Near and Far.


17 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far”

  1. TBM September 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM #

    I always have deodorant with me, just in case. Cool shot!

    • The Guat September 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM #

      Thanks. That’s me in the picture way up on top, wearing blue and celebrating like Rocky Balboa with my hands in the air.

  2. Sanctified Brother September 12, 2012 at 3:12 AM #

    Isn’t that awesome? The old architecture still stands, even though it was built with “primitive” materials. I’d love to go there one day.

    • The Guat September 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM #

      It is a truly awesome moment. Rich in history and culture. Definitely a Bucket List item 🙂

  3. adinparadise September 12, 2012 at 7:05 AM #

    That was quite a pilgrimage, TG. Hubby would have been up there with you. I’d have stayed at the bottom to take the pic. 🙂

    • The Guat September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM #

      It was one killer quad workout that’s for sure, then if you can believe it I went off to climb the other temple which was taller.

  4. Thestrugglershandbook September 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM #

    That place looks dope! Man, miss a step and it’s bounce all the way down, a la Homer Simpson (D’oh!). That would be so cool to see.

  5. The Guat September 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM #

    Ha! I was so hoping that my clumsy self would not have a Doh! moment all day. Considering I did more temple climbing there was high percentage. But I remained Rocky Balboa victorious 🙂

  6. lameadventures September 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM #

    Hey, where’s the bannister? I suffered vertigo just looking at that picture. Gulp.

  7. eof737 September 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    Those stairs must be a workout! 🙂

    • The Guat September 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM #

      A monstrous workout. My quads were burning, but then I went up another temple like ten minutes later. It was my workout for the entire vacation 🙂

  8. Naomi Baltuck September 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

    What a great photo! I love your telling about it too.

    • The Guat September 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

      Ha! Much appreciated thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Iamrcc September 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM #

    What a cool photo. Thank you for the like of my Weekly Challenge photo representating Everyday Life.

  10. island traveler September 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM #

    Wow! 125 feet of amazing architectural wonder. I agree, I can’t begin to imagine how they did it then when I can’t even finish a Lego set without acting crazy afterwards. Impressive photo and yes, exciting adventure.


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