Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We made it !

We are back in Panama and glad to be here. We have wanted to return ever since we left at the end of December last year. This time, we will spend exactly 6 weeks exploring this wonderful country. Our first base camp is in Gamboa, a small town east of Panama City in the Republic of Panama. It was one of a handful of permanent Canal Zone townships, built to house employees of the Panama Canal and their dependents. The name Gamboa comes from a tree of the same name in the quince family.

Our lodging for 12 nights, Simply Devine Homestays, lies close to the canal and is within walking distance of Pipeline Road. We hope to make day trips to the Road and Barro Colorado Island between trips to Panama City.

The video is the exterior of the house with Cindy coming out for an after-dinner walk. Kathy, the excellent cook, is going inside. The water feature in the garden is home to the frogs that croak through the night. The forest edge across the road is the location where the Harpy Eagle was seen a few months ago. Kathy also told us the Harpy Eagle captured an iguana behind the house two weeks ago! Mobbing birds making a huge racket drew her attention to it.

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