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Old farts spar on bridge

Broncos hobbled

sunny 85 °F

The time speeds by when you are having fun and discovering new sites, tastes and sounds. We've been spending a lot of time looking at various condos in the area from Gorgona to Playa Blanco. Most have some compelling reason to draw the happy vacationer to their area or building. We visited a building in Nueva Gorgona that had the coolest floor plan, three bedrooms, a large balcony facing the ocean and the back bedrooms faced the mountains. Additionally, there was a half bath on the balcony. The major draw back to this cool place was the road and distance to get there. We would need a military equipped Hummer to make it up and down the road, pot holes to eat small children, rocks to crush tires, and you are pretty much isolated from the world. The realtors location, location, location warning is important at this place. No, we won't be renting there anytime soon.

Visiting the Playa Blanco area, we stayed there two years ago, led us to a J W Marriott development hidden away at the end of the road and surrounded by jungle, farmland, a golf course and ocean. A five star resort that is truly off the beaten path. Beautiful buildings, condos, apartments, hotel area, swimming pools and quiet beach. We spent an afternoon there enjoying one of the pools, drinking a occasional beer and eating nachos that were so filling we didn't eat dinner. A place to return to.IMG_3012e.jpgIMG_3017e.jpg

We went to El Valle with friends from Panama City. As the perfect tour guides, since they had been there many times and we had only been there once before, we had an excellent day. The village market is a fantastic starting place. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the neighboring farms. We stocked up on spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, etc., for about twenty bucks. After visiting the market we went up to Chorro El Macho (Manly Falls) with our tour guides and another couple from our condo building. The falls are a local attraction that is a short hike into the jungle/woods. Along the way you cross two suspension bridges that wobble and shake as you make your way to the other side. On the second bridge the other hikers were amazed to see Robin Hood and Little John battling it out with their long staffs for bridge supremacy. The contest ended in a draw when the build up of on-lookers started to get impatient. IMG_2883e.jpgIMG_2880e.jpg

Lunch was had at La Casa de Lourdes Restaurant. IMG_2901e.jpgA beautifully designed hotel and restaurant in a Tuscany style. The restaurateur is a very famous Panamanian woman who has hosted many interesting people throughout her career. On one of the bookcases in the lobby was a picture of her and the Shah of Iran. He stayed in Panama prior to coming to the USA and his eventual passing. Lots of old memories about that guy.IMG_2905.jpg

As the Denver Bronco primary cheerleaders in our condo building and having the largest deck in the building it was imperative that we host the Super Bowl party. It was a BYOE, bring your own everything, party. One of the partiers told me that she had counted 47 party goers on the deck. We had two 100 square pools, a $200 paying off each quarter and the final score and a $500 winner take all for the final score. My lucky pick brought me the fourth quarter and final score winning of the $200 pool = $110.00 bucks, plus I won $20 bucks in a smaller pool. Even though the Broncos remained in their stalls all night, I won few bucks:).IMG_3045e.jpgIMG_3044e.jpg

The next day started with God letting us know that he still loves the Broncos....an Orange and Blue sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. A beautiful sight to behold and photograph. Go Broncos.IMG_3062e.jpg

We're going to continue to look at various properties here in Panama. Hopefully, before we leave we'll have next year's place reserved. Panama may not be for everyone, but it works for us.

Posted by rhislop 09:40 Archived in Panama Tagged gardens sunrise panama valle vegetables coronado lourdes broncos coronado_beach shah_of_iran Comments (0)

Three pair

rain 60 °F

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This will be the third attempt at this posting. First one I deleted by mistake, second one we had a power surge and everything crashed.

Saturday was a great day. We learned some new Costa Rican expression: Toda Tuanis...all is good and chil-axing. Easy to figure that one out.
We hiked to the La Paz waterfalls. A beautiful site watching water cascade down the falls into a pool/stream in the middle of a rain forest. On the hike we saw hummingbirds that are at least twice the size of the ones we see in Colorado. One in particular was really different, black with purple, a three inch beak and white tail feathers. After the hike to the falls we returned to our room and spent some time chil-axing.

Sunday we visited the Poaz Volcano. It rained all the way to the volcano, rained as we hiked to the summit, rained as we peered over the edge, rained as we hiked down and continued to rain all day. The share our vision of the volcano, image this...you are standing in the middle of a dark gray cloud, rain is pelting you, the wind is blowing the hood of your jacket off your head and you are soaked to the bone. The only thing dry is my camera because it has a better rain cover than we do. Now you have seen as much of the volcano as we have. Our guide said that this is the transition season in the mountains from wet to dry season. We experienced the wet season through and through.

We returned to hotel, soaked in the hot hot tub, drank a few beers a few shots of Patron, room service dinner, and futbol. Toda Tuanis!

Today we meet the North Carolina crew for fishing and fun in Quespos. Adios amigos.

Posted by rhislop 06:03 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged gardens volcano la costa rica peace paz Comments (0)

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