Exploring the San Lorenzo National Park
Well, the uprising in Colon has settled down, Superstorm Sandy has moved on, but Chris and I are still here at Shelter Bay Marina in Colon dealing with ongoing battery problems.
While we're here waiting for parts, we've had the chance to explore the rustic Caribbean coast of Panama.
The area we've explored in northern Panama ranges from slightly west of Colon, across the canal and east to Portobelo, and further yet along the coast to the tiny towns of Puerto Lindo and Garotte (neither of which are on the map).
A tree groans with fresh papaya in the front yard of this home
A swing hangs lazily over the water
Children swim in their skivvies
We were thrilled to trip upon a pair of Shetland ponies! I grabbed a handful of
grass and slowly, gently approached the little guy to see if he would eat out of my hand...
"Hey, come back!" Ah, well... LOL... :-)
We went on a 12 mile round trip bike ride deep into the rainforest. Our destination was the San Lorenzo Fort, shown above at the mouth of the great Chagres River. It is the oldest fort in Panama.
Our only company at the Fort besides a snake and dozens of
howler monkeys was an armadillo. Who knew they lived in the tropics?
There is a bit of fall leaf color change here in Panama
Rickety dinghy dock in Garotte
...and another view (note the shipping palate on the left -- no need to waste perfectly good wood!)
We were curious about this Star of David cinderblock around a home in impoverished Garotte
...and just up the road...
A street artist draws a family in distress on a wall in Colon. This could be related to the
recent uprising and shootouts with police, where many were killed, including two children.
Yes, I crossed this uber-rickety foot bridge, and lived to tell the tale...
Dreamy little dinghy dock
Child's toy gun at rest
Interesting cloud formation
Panamanian youth clowning around
Cruiser's hang-out and book exchange in Puerto Lindo
Dugout canoe as planter
...and another view...
And lastly, a sailors favorite thing: