then, the piece de resistance, i got to see maximon, or san simon, as he is sometimes called. he is a large wooden doll who likes to drink and smoke a lot and demands money from all who visit him. for some reason i think it was the shadowy characters seated around him who really like all the above... i gave a couple of bucks and took pics of him and his living friends, along with a jesus statue fully clothed in a glass coffin, and some other statuary. i don't think many touristas get to go there. pretty cool.
today, i climbed 10,000 foot volcan san pedro, starting at about 3000 feet. the view was amazing, and i may never walk again.