Meet Margaret

Here is our delightful landlady, Margaret, and her delightful horse, whose name I don’t remember. This was taken back in November before we moved, when Roger and Margaret rode their horses in town for the traditional gathering of farmers, on the eve of Independence Day. Margaret always has a smile on her face and I wish you could hear her English accent! She says she has lost it, but I beg to differ. ;) She makes me laugh, offers us tea and biscuits, lets me use her washing machine and calls on Daniel for computer help. :)

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Caldera River and Hot Springs

Following our excursion hiking north of town, we spent the afternoon on the other side of town in the Caldera region. Daniel and I were surprised to see the terrain on the other side of the mountain change from green and cool, to dry, dusty, brown and much warmer. It reminded us of Waco, Texas.

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We splashed around in the chilly river some and worked on our tans or lack thereof, before heading to the hot springs to relax.

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Since Boquete is so close to a volcano, these particular springs are fed with bathtub temperature (or hotter) water!

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So I turned 25 while splashing in a Central American river. Who’d have thought?!

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Here’s that volcano I mentioned, Volcán Barú. Wikipedia says it is the tallest mountain in Panama and is a “dormant, but potentially active volcano”. And we’re living at the base of this thing?! Well, dormant did come before the active part…. We’ve been told that you can climb to the top and see the Atlantic and the Pacific at the same time. Panama isn’t very wide, you know. :) I would like to do that, but the hike up sounds exhausting.

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For all you folks who miss summer and flowers…

This post is for you. We went to the Boquete Flower Fair this past week, and walked through the many flower beds. It was kind of fun to see all the flowers that are usually only seen during May-August in the the Midwest.

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But truthfully, I’m not that much of a flower person. I like them, but I don’t. Know what I mean? I usually scroll very fast over pictures of flowers on other blogs, so I won’t feel bad at all if you do the same on this post. I basically took the pictures of the flowers for you folks. ‘Cause I could care less about having a memory card full of flower pictures.

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Recognize these?

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I much more enjoyed the agricultural part of the fair.

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Brahma Cows! (At least, we think so.)  We saw a few herds on the ride up from Panama City out in the field, but I’d really like to see them up close. I kind of like their ears!

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It gets a wee bit very windy here during the summer, so I always try to tell myself I’m going for the “windswept” look with my hair. Usually it sounds better than it looks though. :) Daniel and Natasha don’t seem to have that problem…