We spent a wonderful Christmas in Costa Rica with Alex's family. We toured volcanoes,
back roads, waterfalls, hummingbird farms and hot springs.
Our only problem was our return through Mexico
customs. Apparently someone had tipped off the customs authorities that we were attempting to smuggle a Christmas beef
stick into the country. Our bags had been removed from the other passengers' luggage. The officer picked up
the bag in question, showed us a picture, and ask us whether we were carrying one of "these things." Since
the picture said "salami" our answer of "no" was technically honest. He immediately
reached in the bag and produced the Hickory Farms summer sausage.
We felt lucky not to spend New Year's in a Mexican jail.
Our friend Kayce has joined
us. We plan to sail Georgia J to Puerto Vallarta on January 4th.