September 1 – travel to Guatemala

We had a very early start to the day today, getting up just before 4am and leaving the house by 4:45 to catch our 6:20 flight to Miami.

The baggage conveyor was out of order at the American Airlines desk so things were a bit backed up, and the unfortunate desk agents were getting quite a workout lugging bags to carts at the end of the counter instead of just moving them to the conveyor right behind them. Emily and I are each checking one bag this trip.

This journey will be my second test of the Osprey Waypoint bags (and Emily’s first). I wanted a bag that I could carry on my back instead of carry by hand, and the Waypoint converts into a very decent backpack and has a detachable daypack on it as well. Very nicely done and the Osprey’s all have unconditional lifetime guarantees. The convertible luggage wouldn’t be great for a long trek, but I would be fine taking it several miles. The idea is something that works well when taking public transport where you might have a bit of a hike after you get off the bus, etc.

Once we get to Guatemala our plan is to take a private shuttle to San Pedro la Laguna. More expensive than using the public transport, but it was iffy that we would be able to make all the connections to actually make it to our destination on the day of arrival, so we are splurging for the private ride.

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