Ocelots I like a lot

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Hurray. Apparently the bikes have arrived in Panama. Des and I got so excited when we rang the receiving shipping agent here in Panama and she said "Are you waiting for a shipment of motorbikes?" I don't know how she knew, as I hadn’t given her any details yet, except my name. In any event, she said “They have arrived, they are here. You can pick them up tomorrow after they have been fumigated and processed by customs”.  

To be quite honest, we had thought the worst while we were awaiting shipment. We were worried, as the communication from the shipping agent wasn’t always what we wanted to hear, plus, our agent in Ecuador left the company when we left the country. This was more unsettling than anything, as we didn’t know who we were dealing with.

We decided to go on an outing, as we couldn't do anything more about the bikes today. Des and I hoped into a modern air conditioned car, on our way to the Summit National Park. The car and driver was supplied by the hotel at a nominal cost, which we shared with Marco, a tourist from Honduras, who spoke excellent English.  We passed the Pedro Miguel Lock in the Panama Canal and the City of Knowledge University. The day was warm and the more dense the foliage, the more humid the atmosphere became.

It must be hard keeping the growth under control in damp countries, not to mention the moulds, but the Summit Park, a botanical park with a small zoo, was fairly well maintained. There is an abundance of all types of bamboo at the park and I noticed in one area a park bench was just about swallowed up by bamboo stalks. We know how rapidly bamboo grows, but I can’t help wondering if no one noticed the bench being overtaken.

The Central American animals and birds were beautiful, of course. We saw ocelots, tamarin monkeys, toucans, peacocks, turtles, spider monkeys, crab eating foxes, and some others. There were not a lot of animals, which I’m quite glad about, and there were no imported animals. The gardens and flowers were gorgeous with name plates on many trees. Some school children were waiting patiently for a crocodile to come out of the water. Their wait paid off. A big muddy croc slid up in the water and the kids were laughing and jumping about with delight.

I loved the little ant eater in his fury black 'waist coat’. He had the longest tongue as he was dipping it into his water container.  He seemed to walk away on his knuckles, and his pigeon-toed back legs and climbed back to his tree, holding on with his long prehensile tail. Fascinating animal.

There was another group of about 20 challenged young adults, on an outing in the park, enjoying the fish and tadpoles in the pond. They waved at us and said “Buenos Tarde Senora y Senor”. It was all going pretty well, until one of the lads ran off with the picnic eski with the food. He was teasing the others of course, but he got the desired reaction. Everybody including the carers were having lots of fun. It was a friendly group, who were having a wonderful day, as we were.
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Have the bikes arrived yet? Meanwhile, I'm glad you two are making the most of things, as usual.

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