Trees, horses, monkeys, and more

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jul 09, 2009

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cockadoodledooooo….it's early, we need to be in downtown Boquete at 7:45 for TREE TREKKING!!!

We make our way to Boquete Tree Trek. We’re met by 8 of the extreme sport type of Panamanian fellows.  We hop into this big ole truck with the two other couples we would be doing this adventure with and start making our way up the mountain.  Bumpy doesn’t begin to touch the ride, but it was fun.  We get there and they give us a quick instruction, get us in our climbing harnesses and gloves and we hit the first platform.  In total we would be doing 12 platforms covering 3km of canopy zip lining.  SOOOOO much fun!  You just kind of fall off the platform and begin whizzing down the cable using your one hand to break when you approach the next platform.  We made it to the sixth platform, and then something happened.  I was getting ready to go on the next line, and our platform guy, gets a message in his walkie talkie leaving him speechless.  He then says, "okay, it may be best if we just make our way to the lodge now"  Ummmm….what?!?!  We all start to worry that the couple ahead of us got hurt along the way.  He says, no everything is fine…then starts saying “ no cameras, no cameras”   Not settling our nerves at all at this point.

He finally tells us, that one of the cables is broken ahead, everyone is fine, but a tree had collapsed the 9th cable so we needed to stop, clearly.

So that’s what we did, we hiked our way back to the lodge.  We were obviously bummed because we were having a lot of fun, seriously just loving it and getting into the bigger and the better of the lines and then we had to stop.  : (

We had lunch with the two other couples in town at a local Panamanian favorite.  Scott and I had a lunch of beef/chicken, rice, beans, squash salad for $5 total, and it was really yummy!

Then we hit Paradise Gardens, a wildlife rescue organization that allows you to tour their gardens and facilities.  They took us on a guided tour and told us the story of every animal and bird they had or ever did have.  The stories were gut wrenching.  Many that we won’t share, but one that we will is of how locals will steal parrots from the trees by throwing rocks at then them to fall.  Then because many of  parrots in Panama are green, they literally dunk them in clorox to make them yellow which makes them more desirable and fetches a hirer price.  Unfortunately, as you can imagine, this is torture for the birds and many don’t make it through the process, and the ones that do are many times left damaged and then abandoned. 

The rescue was started by a couple from London and they’ve really answered a need and all the animals are native to Panama.  They had capuchin monkeys, ocelots, anteaters and many other animals that we never heard of before.  There were the giant Parrots, the small Panamanian parrots and a couple of Toucans.  Toucans are really socials birds, they want to be right in the action and are very comedic.

The animals once rehabbed, are released if possible, and the ones that aren’t remain at the gardens.  This was a really special experience for Scott and I and one we won’t soon forget.

On another positive note, I’m happy to report that the stray dog situation is nearly not a problem in this area.  Boquete has taken a very strong stance on the situation and has attacked it through the spay program that I eluded to in a previous entry.  So happy to see some well fed animals finally that are loved and taken care of.

This afternoon, we were both feeling a bit in need of some downtime so Scott took a nap and I hung out and watched the horses that graze in pasture below.  I watched as they made their way closer and closer to the cabin we’re in.  It brought back so many really good memories of when my Mom and I had horses.  In fact two of their horses, a buckskin and a white Arabian, remind me of my Mother’s horse Nara and my horse’s mother, Shasta.  I may not take naps, but this is how I relax.  Sitting out on our balcony, watching, listening, smelling.  I want a horse.  Add it to the list babe!  ;)

Tonight we dined at our ranch’s restaurant.  The chef is American and about our age and really talented.  We’re going to go on a horseback ride with him and another guest tomorrow morning.  Tonight we had a salad of watercress, potatoes, goat cheese, tomatoes finished with marigold vinaigrette.  YUM.  Main course I had to pass on, it was lamb.  I’m not opposed to trying new things, but I eat enough land animals and have an issue with adding anymore to my list.  But the dessert…oh my goodness the dessert.  Passion fruit soufflé with a vanilla bean cream sauce to cool the middle.  I decided that I am going to marry the soufflé and become a polygamist.  xoxo
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