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This morning Ben and I woke up bright and early to check out the Soberania National Park in Panama

We started with breakfast at 7am – eggs, toast, sausage (donated to Ben) and fruit.IMG 1407800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1412800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…  IMG 1416800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

Then, we set out on foot for the Pipeline Road. It’s about a mile from our B&B.IMG 1517800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…IMG 1518800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

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First we stopped at a small stand to gather food for fuel. (You’ll see our food finds below.)IMG 1515800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

With food, water and bug spray in hand we headed to the Pipeline Road.IMG 1420800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

You are supposed to pay a $5.00 fee when you walk into the park. But, there was no one at the booth when we went in and out. IMG 1504800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1502800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

So, we kept movingIMG 1425800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1426800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

The entire trail is about 18Km, but you can only go as far as the green marked area.IMG 1428533x800 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… We walked and kept an eye out for birds, monkeys and bugs. This bird actually tried to attack me! So, I took a picture of him for evidence. Melissa, what is up with your bird friend?!IMG 1440800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

We walked and walked and walked. Unfortunately, there were not a lot of animals to see. We did hear a ton of howler monkeys though. That was scary!IMG 1469800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

IMG 1494800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1472800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… After about 2 1/2 hours of walking and sweating we turned around to a bench we had spotted earlier and had lunch. IMG 1482800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

We grabbed the following – a ham sandwichIMG 1473800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

thick flour tortillas…IMG 1476800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

thick fried corn cakesIMG 1478800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

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My favorite was the thick, chewy flour tortillas. So good. So bad.IMG 1486800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1494800x533 thumb1 If You Like Pina Coladas…

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We ended up going to the 5k mark and turning around. It seemed a lot further!IMG 1462800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

We stopped at the small shop on the way out for a few drinks and apples. IMG 1513800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

From there we headed straight back to our room for showers. It felt like we were completely covered in dirt, sweat and bug guts spray at that point, so it was the most amazing shower icon smile If You Like Pina Coladas…

Then, we headed to the huge and very fancy Gamboa resort around the corner.IMG 1571800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

VERY fancy.IMG 1525800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… IMG 1566800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

It was 2pm at this point and we were ready for a “real” lunch. We sat down outside on their deck with the most amazing view. IMG 1561800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

In the spirit of vacation we started with Pina Coladas. IMG 1542800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

and bread that I basically grabbed out of the waitresses hand like an animal…IMG 1535800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

and I ate some of Ben’s Panamanian stewIMG 1539800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

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I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich and it came with salad (today of all days I woulda liked a few fries!). IMG 1552800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

I didn’t realize it was going to be on pita bread, but it was still pretty good. And even though it was a Sadwich, I didn’t get sad after eating it…IMG 1524800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

Ben ordered bass wrapped in plantainsIMG 1548800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

  As soon as we ordered a HUGE downpour came down! We barely missed walking through it!!!IMG 1528800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

Ben ordered me a second Pina Colada and I didn’t refuse icon wink If You Like Pina Coladas…

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If you like Pina Coladas…IMG 1544800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

and getting caught in the rain…   IMG 1556800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…  Then you’re insane.

Or, you should go to Panama.image thumb21 If You Like Pina Coladas…

Where the stick people have butts. Like me. IMG 1522800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

I was about to skip over dinner, but it turned out delicious and I wanted to share! We ate at the B&B (for an extra fee) because there are really no other options in town. It’s not ideal if you want to explore, so keep that in mind if ya come here.

But, tonight’s meal was super good so I’m happy icon smile If You Like Pina Coladas… We started with a salad.IMG 1575800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

The main course was fresh caught Bass from the lake. IMG 1581533x800 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas… It was fried and served with onions and bell peppers. Plus, rice and plantains. THIS is the kinda meal I LOVE!!!IMG 1579800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

Dessert was flan. I’m not a big Flan Fan, but there’s got to be chocolate hiding in my purse somewhere icon wink If You Like Pina Coladas…IMG 1583800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

Tomorrow we’re headed back towards the city and then to a nearby island. We’re taking a bus and then a ferry. Hopefully, it will all run smoothly! IMG 1577800x533 thumb If You Like Pina Coladas…

See ya later icon smile If You Like Pina Coladas…

Comments

  1. says

    I’m ashamed to admit how often I checked itunes to see if they had the original song. I don’t like Pinas or getting caught in the rain, but I love that song!

    I resemble that walking sign. It has my thick legs, too.

  2. says

    Ahhhh!!! Too funny about that bird; I’m totally going to ID it for you….and what was in the other picture? It looked like something in the tree but I couldn’t tell…mammal? bird?! Yay, I’m jealous and looks like you’re having so much fun!

  3. says

    I love how adventurous you guys are on vacation! As much as I love laying poolside and relaxing, getting out there and experiencing the country you’re in is so much fun. I want to go to Panama and I wouldn’t mind a late night pina colada either. ;)

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