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Mar 4, 2018 - Traversing the Panama Canal - Afternoon

Traversing the Panama Canal March 4 Afternoon Gatun Lake is the most extensive part of the canal crossing and the widest. We had lunch during this part of the trip which actually heads north/south - not east/west! From Lake Gatun, we went back down 85 feet to the Atlantic side. There are three chambers in the Gatun locks, taking almost 2 hours to negotiate. As we approached this final set of locks, we could see the “French Lagoon” - a remnant of the ill-fated canal begun by the French company in the late 1800’s before the United States...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Off to the Jungle in Gamboa , Sloths

We had agree day but have arranged to go into the Jungle as it is only some 45 minutes away. So Danial our guide rearranged his day and took us by car to Gamboa. We left at 6am. It is amazing that as soon as you are out of the city say 20 minutes you are confronted by jungle and only broken where previous American installed infrastructure had been built, only to have been left and abandoned or left and occupied by others with limited or no maintenance since. We make our first stop by a lake and spot several herons, coots and other water...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Panama Canal Imagination Cruise

Our FANTISTIC cruise thru the Panama Canal in Jan 2014. Wonderful time with friends, especially surprising them as we did. Also had to do a surprise of my own. Tamara's Birthday was during this cruise and I had to get her to 'Tea Time' for Tea and cookies, and a couple of surprises of my own. Everybody else knew about it but her. It was a great time by all. Pictures can also be found on Flickr. Pictures on Flichr

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Feb 8, 2014 - Embera Village

Today we took a brief cruise on the Chagres River to the Embera Village. The Embera are one of the 7 indigenous peoples of Panama. They were descendants of Choco Indians of Columbia. They live in thatched huts, built on stilts. This village has 38 adults and 22 children. They are a small portion of the 22,000 Embera that live in Panama. We learned about the way of life, dress, and culture. The children do attend in Panama City by boat and then bus. To attend school they must wear the school uniform rather than their native wear. They...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Thru the Panama Canal

Just what very resort porch should have for a restful morning at leisure! We have a late start today which was determined by the APC...Authority of the Panama Canal. In order to go thru the canal there are 3 requirement 1) payment in advance 2) papers declaring fitness of the ship (breakdowns cost $3500.00 per hour) 3) a Panamanian Captain. The order in which the ships go thru is determined by how much is paid. The cruise liners and cargo ships can pay $200,000 to $300,000+ so they get priority. The APC notifies you up to 48 hours in...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Day 3 Across the Isthmus

We begin the day early. Bags out at 7AM, but we don't depart til 8:30. So we begin with the very unusual sight of the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. I think this is the only place in the Americas where you can see that, Following breakfast we boarded the bus to see the Canal Locks at Gatun. While similar to Misaflores. We were much closer and therefore it was more exciting and amazing! The drive there takes us across the Isthmus, across the country to the Atlantic Ocean side of the country. The pictures show a huge freighter entering...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Panama Canal

Friday 10 January Day 10 Traversing the Panama Canal After a really rough night (our first) where it was dangerous even getting up in the night to cross 2 meters to get to the loo, we got to the Northern end of the Panama Canal at Christobal at six. It had calmed down by that time. John had taken a sea sickness pill before he went to bed and slept like a babe. We got up at seven to have our room service breakfast and we could already see the beginning of the Gatum locks at the beginning of the canal. Panama Canal was started by the French...

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Dec 4, 2013 - A Day of Wonder

4 DEC 13 – Panama Canal, Panama. Day 13 – Evening. We expected today to be the highlight of the cruise and we were not disappointed. The day began very early with an arrival in Panama Bay at 05:30 am, as promised. I was up by 5 and on deck by 05:20 – I wasn’t going to miss a moment! I found a very high perch right at the front of the ship and enjoyed the slow, quiet passage past the many anchored freighters, along with a few other hardy (no, not foolhardy!) souls, as the sky gradually lightened. Angela wanted to get up at 6, so I went back...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Trains, locks, and carpenter ants

The day didn’t start well. I was all stuffed up all night and got little sleep – I couldn’t breathe. Lots of pills and sprays did little but I finally drifted off only to wake at 5:15 to get ready for the day’s trip. Down to the lobby and got our boxed breakfast – a fruit cup, some graham crackers, and a can of sugar water with fruit flavoring… Jorge was there and we hopped in the car and made our way to the Panama Train Station. We waited around a bit for the place to open (there are only two trips a day – one to Colon and one back to...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Monkey Islands and the Woohan Indians

Up at 7:00 again and breakfast. This time they had hard boiled eggs and all the other stuff. Still not a bad meal. Then back to the room to pack up for the day and the phone call… guide was in the lobby. Went down and met Moriseo – a nice guy whose girlfriend is three months pregnant. The first Panamanian guide who spoke great English. We stopped at a deli to get some stuff then off on the northern road. Traffic was as crazy as usual. We passed the largest mall in Central America and followed a plantain truck for a while. The traffic...

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Jul 14, 2013 - A Caribbean Adventure

The alarm went off at 6:00 and we dragged out of bed, showered, and down to the lobby for breakfast. Nice spread with fruit and eggs. Small but OK. Then packed up our stuff and down to the lobby. Kevin was waiting for us. He seemed nice – an American from Boston in his 30s. Seemed like a nice guy. The other person on our tour was Albert from the US too – he was in Panama after spending two weeks on a farm in Costa Rica. Nice guy and well travelled. Then off we went! We drove across the isthmus in about 90 minutes to the Caribbean on a new...

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Feb 26, 2013 - Across The Isthmus

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND To make my writing go a little easier, I have copied some excerpts from the History chapter of the Lonely Planet – Panamá: Panama’s future forever changed from the moment that the world’s major powers learned that the isthmus of Panama was the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1846 Colombia signed a treaty permitting the US to construct a railway across the isthmus, though it also granted them free transit and the right to protect the railway with military force. At the height of the California...

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