After leaving Isla Chapera, we circled Isla Mogo Mogo, then headed off to Isla Chitre for a quick swim. Shortly after leaving Isla Chitre heading back to Contadora, a whale's flipper broke the surface. Wow! She was swimming with her calf.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
A street in Panama City's "Casco Viejo" (aka San Felipe). The Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We had a fabulous, multi-course lunch at Manolo Caracol in the Casco Viejo. Something not to be missed if you're in Panama City.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This lovely waterfall on the way to the Finca Lerida was a gift of the weather. It rained like crazy during our stay in Boquete! Surprisingly, the summit of nearby Volcan Baru was frequently clearly visible despite the drenching.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Iver Expert enters the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal! Seeing the Panama Canal was a bigger thrill than any of us expected. To finally see it after knowing about it for all these years...it felt like reaching a goal that you never knew you had. We had a wonderful lunch in the lockside restaurant and ended up spending half the day here. The words from the Animaniacs "Panama Canal" song kept running through our heads, "You can sail a cargo ship from sea to shining sea through the Panama Canal for a nominal fee." The "nominal fee" averages about $80,000, cash only, no credit cards!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A view of Panama's highest mountain, Volcán Barú, as seen from Isla Carenero (42 miles distant as the crow flies)! When you look at this picture, it's hard to believe that Barú rises to 11,400 feet making it taller than our own "backyard volcano," Mount Hood in Oregon!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
A view from Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro. We hired a local boatman to do a private transfer for us from Isla Carenero to Red Frog Beach at $20 per person. We zipped through mangrove-lined waterways to a small dock, paid a $1.00 entrance fee (you have to cross private land to access Red Frog Beach) and walked for 10 minutes through the jungle to the beach. Wow! What a beach! When we got hungry it was red beans and rice plus a cold Balboa beer at the beachside Flip Flop cafe. A spectacular day in Bocas (except we never saw the red frogs)!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
The alpenrose were in bloom along the shores of Lac des Barbarottes. We were en route to the Crete des Barbarottes from where we would drop into the Vallon de Clai to loop back to our starting point at the Lacs de Vens trailhead.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Since the day was so beautiful, we decided to press on from Lac des Adus, ascending to the pass called the Col de la Vallette des Adus. The views northward toward the Pas de Prefouns and the peaks surrounding Lac Negre were remarkable!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
A fifteen minute hike beyond the Palanfre Lakes is the Passo della Mena. The grassy pass is a great spot for enjoying views of the high peaks of the Maritime Alps!