Heavens to Murgatroyd – where did November go? And December, for that matter. With 2017 staring us in the face, it’s a good time to look back on some of our best moments this year. So many of those moments have been about spending time with friends and our fur kids in the cloud forest paradise known as the western Panama highlands. Every time we get out, it’s like re-discovering our wonderful home all over again.
Related note – I’ve set a goal for myself to climb Volcan Baru, our resident volcano and Panama’s highest point at 3,474 meters or about 11,400 feet. (No John this time – in his words, he’s saving his knees for Machu Picchu!). On January 28, I’ll join some friends for an overnight trip that will put us at the summit for the sunrise, when we’ll hopefully be able to see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at once. There’s not many places on the planet where that’s possible! I’ll be blogging more about that adventure later.
And stay tuned for Latitude Adjustment – the Cuba Edition!!
Until then, here’s a bunch of photos I’ve been hanging onto from various outdoor adventures this year.
JaWatka swimming hole near Caldera
Panamoramic view at the beginning of the Pipeline Trail
One of the steel bridges over the Caldera on the Pipeline Trail
Bromeliads on the Pipeline Trail
More lovely bromeliads
The cloud forest bamboo shows teeth!
I call these Parrot Flowers (although I’m sure they have another name)
Beginning of the Pianista Trail
Headed up to the Continental Divide on the Pianista Trail
The group at the Continental Divide (photo by Larry Wilkinson)
Another outing, this time to the Macho de Monte falls
Trailhead for Los Quetzales Trail
Striking out on the Los Quetzales
Flora, Los Quetzales
This beauty, some type of lily, grows wild in the cloud forest
The Caldera as it crosses under the Los Quetzales Trail
I don’t remember where – but pretty
Setting out on a MUDDY trek to the Los Angeles waterfalls
We hiked through gorgeous farmland to get to the falls
And then the fog rolled in
Attack of the killer piglets!
The panoramic view as we made our way down the hillside . . .
to arrive at the first set of falls.
Yes, we crossed this – and then climbed up the falls in the upper right to reach a beautiful swimming hole!
Next we traversed a steep ravine . . .
to get to the second falls. We didn’t swim here – a little dicey.
Beyond the water’s edge, the falls plunge 90 feet. Eek!
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