February 16 We were so close to the border that we decided to cross. So Panama here we come...
|Valerio assured us that||the crossing bridge was safe...||Hello Panama!!!|
February 17 Changuinola to David, through the pesticide ridden banana plantations, clouds and dams.
|Blue bags? Full of pesticides!||Maybe barrels mean roadwork ahead...||An anonymous dam...|
February 18 Playa Santa Clara...It is a hard life but someone has to live it...
|Hammocks by the sea...||and while we ate,||the Honda was well taken care of...|
February 19 Penonome is very hot...
|The local people opt||to cool off under the hoses,||we opt to stay in the shade...|
February 20 Panama City is more modern than Toronto.
|Bridge of the Americas, across the canal||Downtown Panama City||Modern shopping malls|
February 21 The older side of Panama City
|Large old houses||really large...||old houses!|
February 22 Panama Canal trivia and odd building:
|The earth dug out to make the canal||was used to make three islands.||Odd building|
February 23 Panama Canal joins the Pacific to the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, over the mountains.
|It is quite impressive to see the water||lift and lower the gigantic ships||across the locks.|
February 24 Panama City is full of contrasts, see 20, 21
|Some areas are crowded||poor||and badly maintained.|
February 25 Near Panama City at Rick and Dee's place
|Cashew nuts and||a rickety suspended bridge||R and D didn't dare to cross...|
February 26 Portobello near Colon on the Caribbean side
|Beautiful scenery||too bad about the plastic.||Luckily it is not everywhere...|
February 27 Fuerte Santiago, partly dismantled to construct the Gatun locks on the Panama Canal
|Still standing: a sentry box||some cannons||and the kitchen sink...|
February 28 Carnival in Panama City, not even close to a Brazilian carnival but we had fun anyway...
|People came prepared to wait.||Kids love the confetti||The main float.|
March 1 We'll spend the day driving back to Penonome, so some more carnival photos to pass the time
|The devils||the drums||the little boy...|
March 2 Goodbye Panama...
|A small detour through the mountains||just to see the flowers.||At the border, lots of Canadians|