Sep 03, 2011
Hello again to all! I apologize for being absent so long but everyone has to have a break now and again. I have been in Panama for a little over a month now and have had an awesome time. Just the fact that I am back in Latin America makes me smile. When I arrived in Panama City the annual Carnival was being celebrated. The Latin America carnival is celebrated every year 40 days before Easter. It consists of lots of traditional dances, parades, parties in the street and a lot of really good food. It was an interesting event and I am glad I was able to be a part of it. I stayed in Panama City for one whole week with the company of some really cool people. Nate, Chris, Chip another Nate and I decided to go up north to the Caribbean islands of Bocas Del Toro after the busy carnival week. The islands are beautiful and there are many of them scattered throughout the area. The weather was pretty rainy almost the entire two weeks I was in Bocas so the pictures are limited but we definitely made the best of the situation. If you like to party on Caribbean islands Bocas is good place to do it. Although partying is a big event in Bocas there many other things to do. A day or two after we had been there we decided to get a group together and take a day trip on a sail boat. It was amazing and we had a great time. We set sail at 9:30 in the morning and headed out to Dolphin Bay to watch the dolphins swim and play. We didn't really see much playing but it was really cool getting to see them in the wild like that. After Dolphin Bay we sailed over to the edge of a mangrove to snorkel where the sea life was abundant and full of color. I was a little timid about snorkeling because a few years back in Belize I snorkeled for my first time...freaked completely out and thought for sure I was going to die. Haha, I was the only one in the water with a life vest on, made me feel better. Thank God I survived and was able to try it again this year. My snorkeling skills have improved tremendously and I can even dive down with the snorkel, swim to the bottom and back to the top and clear the snorkel without ever having to remove it. This might not sound like a big deal to some of you but for me it was quite the achievement. After we snorkeled there for a while we came aboard and ate a foot long sandwich while we headed to another snorkel spot. It was beautiful and we saw some really awesome sea life. After those guys left the island I continued meeting new friends and having good times on the island. We found out about a dark and wet bat cave we were able to explore without a guide. It was crazy! Most of the people we saw coming from the cave said they chickened out and had to turn back. I fully understand why considering we were wading through water up to our waste with thousands of bats hanging from the roof just a few feet away from our heads. There was many times the bats would release and swoop down at our heads missing us by inches. We decided it was too cool to turn back so we worked our way through the entire cave seeing catfish, weird spiders, frogs, crabs and some kind of creepy eels! We made it to the exit point of the cave and popped up somewhere deep in the lush jungle. We finally hiked far enough we came to the house of a local indigenous man chopping wood in his back yard. I asked him where we were and if there was a way to get back to the entrance of the cave without back tracking and he was more than happy to point us in the right direction. We made it back full of excitement knowing we conquered the bat cave! There was a couple nights we arranged a group to go out on a sail boat for a sunset booze cruise which was a blast with all the pirate juice we could drink within the three hour period. We cruised out in the bay area jammin out to music and having lots of good laughs. The captain let us drop the anchor and go for a late evening snorkel, it was a little dark but we did manage to see some cool looking fish. If you go to Bocas I highly recommend going on a Booze Cruise with Bocas Sailing. I cannot mention all the wonderful people while in Bocas there are just too many but I had great times with each and everyone them. Life on the island was a blast but 2 and half weeks was plenty long for me so Jen, Katie and I decided to get off of the island and head to the jungle and stay at a place called Lost and Found. Please post comments on how your life is going, I am interested in each and everyone of you.