Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cerro Punta Day 2

Day two began as a sunny, blue-skied day! It was lovely! The river running in front of the hotel makes the most wonderful sounds as it rushes over the rocks!
 We spent time after breakfast walking along the river and looking at the water flowing by quickly.
 The sky was gorgeous! I won't bore you with bajillions of pictures of the sky, but just one!

 I loved the little row of buildings along the road as they represent peoples' homes and livelihood.
 Bougainvillea is one of my favorite flowering bushes. The bushes long the road were so lovely as they bloomed!

 The province of Chiriqui is known for its produce and contribution to the economy of Panama. There are LOTS of little stands selling vegetables and fruits! So delicious, affordable, and lovely!
 Look at these little onions growing in someone's front yard. Reminds me of living on the farm!
 Love this picture!!!! Sister - remember growing sweet corn in the garden???? Love that!
 This is where we stayed (well, the sign for it at least!). Such a lovely place!
Yes, more of the river!

Ok, by far, one of my favorite pictures!!!!
We came back from our walk and went up to the Spa for our massages (they were a part of the package). Remember, we had walked up here the day before and all was well.This particular morning, a mere 18 hours later, this is what we saw...
Yep, that is a burned out spa. Jen and I looked at each other.
Me: Jen, I think the spa burned up!
Jen: (Looking around) Abby, are we in the right place? This has to be a joke!

No, it was not a joke. It has burned during the night and we heard nothing - no sirens, no shouting, no hearing of the flames or smelling smoke. We went down the receptionist desk and our masseuses were waiting for us and totally tranquila about the whole situation. Hilarious! Apparently it was being investigated, but it was believed to be an electrical fire.
Our next adventure led us to Parque Internacional La Amistad. We parked at the entrada and then hiked quite a ways up a hill to the actual office (we did not realize it was an actual road, but not sure I would have wanted to drive up it in Verdecita (my car's name).
We made it to the office to pay the entrance fee. The park ranger did not have change. He told us to come back after the hike while he radioed his buddy for change. Oh Panama! (This is quite normal to find places that don't have change).  
 Finally, the trails! Jen pointing the way to our trail.
On the trail! There were times we thought we had digressed because it was overgrown, but we survived.
 Lovely Jen!
 It is amazing how the jungle overtakes and grows over everything!

 These tree branches had twisted as they grew. Incredible!
 We kept trying self-timer and this was the first attempt - hilarious!
 Yes, we are pioneers of the forest! Hurray!
 I really like this sign and picture. It is such an amazing example of what our lives are like after we come to know Jesus. We are a death that is full of life because of salvation! Amen!
Yes, I really like water. I so badly wanted to go tubing on the river out front of our hotel, but Jen reminded me that the water would be FREEZING! So instead we looked and enjoyed and took lots of pictures!
 The jungle is full of so many interesting things!
 This was two tree trunks growing over the trail at an angle - incredible! I thought it was a slab of rock at first!

 After the hike, we hiked back up to the office and the park ranger greeted us. No, he still did not have change, so we were able to visit for free! Score!
 We had crossed the bridge this is referring to on the way to the park and saw this on the way back. fantastic! No, it hadn't really collapsed, but it had made us nervous the first time. Now we knew why.

 The moment we had been waiting for - Fresas con crema! Oh yum!
 This picture above is the first time I went to this particular place and to Cerro Punta in 2007 with friends. It cracked me up as I looked back and realized I was freezing both times!
 Y'all, this is delicious goodness!!! Oh my!

Yes, this looks just the one from the day before!
This is after dinner which has a fun story! We went back to the hotel restaurant for dinner. I was craving salad (a good salad is not always easy to find in Panama). So there was a chicken caesar salad on the menu, so that was my choice.  During this discussion of what to order, Jen mentions that she would love a job editing English translations of menus and such. And I say, "Like this description of the caesar salad. Look, it says with anchovy dressing."
How little did I realize it was a literal translation. It tasted like tartar sauce with whole anchovy fillets on the salad. It did not work out so fabulously. I ate mostly the chicken. Such a disappointment. Note to self, when it says "anchovy sauce" take it literally!

Lots of fun memories! Thus ended day 2

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