Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

Casa Vieja Lodge - warm, welcoming, comfortable. And a place where you are awakened each morning...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...by the calls of several of these fellows that like to hang around the resort and holler, "Hola!"
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

We headed to Antigua early in our trip. This particular building, a cathedral, was constructed in 1675.
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

Sights like these are what a trip to Antigua is all about. These guys even let me join in on one of their songs. I didn't play very well.
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala is one of the foremost producers of jade worldwide. In fact, it is the only place on Planet Earth where several rare varieties and colors of the stone are found...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...this is partly due to Guatemala's unique geography. Here lies Pacaya, one of 38 volcanoes found in Guatemala.
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

My favorite shot of the trip. This boy was selling hiking sticks to traverse Pacaya. For tourists, getting a good stick is not a bad idea...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...as Pacaya's slopes of sharp pumice demand endurance and a certain degree of nerve.
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...Gary (left) and I take a break midway up the climb. But we kept at it through misty clouds and high altitudes, and finally reached...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...a hot magma outflow. It was an incredible sight, a surreal experience, like being on the moon or something!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

We enjoyed the view and even toasted a few marshmallows!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

The next day, it was time for fishing. Jake Jordan (right) works with the steady hands of these mates, some of the most skilled in the world...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...while Chris Sheeder, captain of Rum Line, searches for billfish from the bridge.
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

With 14-weights rigged and ready with billfish poppers...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...it didn't take long to raise a fish! I'm hooked up to a sail!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

These fish spend most of their time above the water's surface! But they also like to...
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

...dig down deep at times, as Gary is finding out here!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

Eventually, though, they come back up, thrashing and trying to throw the fly. Keep a tight line, but get your hand off that spool when he turns to run!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

If you do everything right, here is your reward - a beautiful 100-pound sailfish!
Guatemala Offshore

Guatemala Offshore

The crew of Rum Line tag another fish just prior to a careful release.