Thursday, April 19
This was the day at the beach, except that the beach was on an uninhabited tropical island in the Gulf of Chriqui on the Pacific side of Panama. It was a long drive, and then a long boat ride in a boat similar to the one we were in on the Canal. The place was gorgeous - a real tropical paradise!. They brought a big lunch, set it up on a table, had plenty of soft drinks, as well as chairs, kayaks, and snorkel gear. The water was not very clear that day because of the surf, but the kids were in and out of the water all the time, and did a lot of beachcombing. It was a wonderful day. We ate at the "Rock" restaurant for variety tonight.
Friday, April 20
Now we went white-water rafting on a Level 2 and 3 river, with great rapids and lots of calm areas. The kids were allowed to jump out in the calm area, and everyone paddled. Halfway through, we pulled ashore and had an early lunch before continuing on to the endpoint. The afternoon was a bit rainy, but Chris took the boys to a local botanical garden and then to a cafe for a snack, giving us grandparents a break. Our last dinner all together was that night at the inn but at the open roaring fireplace for a change. Wonderful!
Saturday, April 21
A short flight bought is back to Panama City by 10:00am, where we sadly said goodbye to Chris, and took a cab to the Country Inn and Suites on the Canal, with a nice pool. Delta Airlines has one flight a day, at 8:20am, and we had to wait until the next morning for it.