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More Whales, Hummingbirds and Lightning

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It's been about a week since we've had time to sit down and share our current adventure. However, one thing is for sure, the life experiences just keep coming. We've in the rainy season here in Panama. We are told by the locals that it really gets bad in October and November. We were walking back to our condo and without any warning, no lightning, thunder, sprinkles of rain, the clouds opened up and we were soaked. The drains were flooded, the freeway slowed to a crawl, and the splash back from rude drivers guaranteed us hot showers at home.
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We had so much fun on the whale watching trip to the Pearl Islands we decided to go again. The day started beautifully and the boat ride out to the islands was uneventful. Just when the islands came into view on the horizon we saw our first whale. As we got closer we saw a mother and a calf and other whales cruising around the island. Again we had lunch on Contradora Island, saw a lot of hummingbirds, relaxed at the beach, walked around part of the island and then returned to our boat for the trip back to Panama City. As we were leaving the Pearl Islands a group of male whales were bumping and banging against each other to gain the attention of a female whale. They put on quiet a show, splashing in the water, using their pectoral fins to strike, splash and push each other. Then sky started to darken, the wind picked up, the seas became choppy and the captain put the pedal to the metal for the dash to Panama City. We didn't make it, rain, wind, lightning, rough seas; what a ride. Another guarantee for hot showers. I believe I'm a fair weather sailor.
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In the evenings we usually get rain that lasts for about an hour. It really cools everything off and makes the nights very comfortable. Once and a while lightning also adds to the mix and we get some great shows over Panama Bay. The picture shows the cargo ships lining up to enter the Panama Canal with lightning giving everything some extra illumination.
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And once again this week we walked to the fish market and picked up fresh shrimp, red snapper and ceviche. All combined to make a couple really delicious dinners. The fish monger is cutting the filets for us. He's missing a couple fingers. A tough business selling fish.024_-_Copy.jpg

Tomorrow were off to Punta Chame for the weekend. We plan to drive up to El Valle on Sunday just to check out the farmers market. It is suppose to be one of the best in Panama. The adventure continues...

Posted by rhislop 15:47 Archived in Panama Tagged rain whales panama lightning watching pearl_islands panama_city thunder hummingbirds contradora

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