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Travel Blogs from Boquete
... only left a few "minor" problems:
1) Writing a talk with only a few hours notice
2) Writing a talk for a householder who doesn't know any sign language AT ALL
3) Writing a talk about reincarnation in LSP
Thankfully I had prepared for the meeting well in advance and so with allot of prayer and a few frustrated groans here and there, it finally came ...
... this year, so I was very excited to do it outside! The man that took us was a professional climber that has endorsements and everything! Our other guide was an eighteen year old kid from California who took his young and free life to climb in Panama. The volcanic rock created perfect climbing walls (that are also very rare), and we took full advantage of them! It was the most difficult climbing I've ever done, and it was definitely worth it! ...
... hut, in the PITCH black.
WTF were we doing.
We set off from 1700m, on the 13.5km trail to 3475m, the higgest point in Panama, Volcan Baru.
The first 4km we flew, it was tough uphill all the way...from there things got much slower.
One of the girls with us started to suffer from altitude. We had to take it slow and take LOTS of breaks.
We still managed to make it up in the 6hrs advised and were there ...
... the owner Frank for some information on the town and what we could do for the day. We decide to go to the hot springs. Frank told us we better run to the bus stop because would be leaving soon.We talked over to the bus stop and made it there in time to get a seat before it was full of locals and few other tourist.
We took the bus for about an hour to the town of Caldera. The bus dropped us off on the side of the road. There is only on bus back to Boquete at 4 ...
... point we were going to use an ATM with our credit card for the safest way of getting cash (we were too scared to use our debit card and did not want to try travelers cheques ever again!) Unfortunately, we were using the wrong PIN number and ended up getting blocked out until the next business day....we found this out after using 3 different ATMs and calling our bank long distance. Fortunately, we could still use our credit card ...