We spent a relaxing day at Lee and Elaine's place, removed from the hustle and bustle of Panajachel. Lee, Elaine, and their staff were warm and welcoming; giving us a good mix of local lore and information and space to enjoy the experience and the company of friends old and new. The amenities were superb - kayaks, a shaded gazebo and porch with hammocks and chairs for relaxing, a beautiful garden, and even a trampoline. Plus, the food was excellent - prepared by a graduate of the culinary program at the training center in nearby Santa Cruz La Laguna, which Lee and Elaine helped start and support. We took kayaks out for a paddle along the lake shore and returned for a delicious lunch and later a hike up to Santa Cruz with Lee to see the village and Training Center. Lee obviously is passionate about the people of the village and the Center and enjoys showing it to visitors. I appreciated that, although the Training Center was started and is supported in part by expats, it is run by people from the village and surrounding area with "outsiders" in an advisory role. Later some of our group went "rock climbing" with Lee while the rest of us stayed and enjoyed the beautiful day and the spectacular views. The day ended all too soon with a boat ride back to Pana, but I hope to return with my family to explore the area further and take advantage of some of the other excursions Lee and Elaine offer, and of course sample more of their gracious hospitality!
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