Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cruising The Backroads Of Panama.........

One day last week we woke up to no electricity which apparently is how the water department gets water to it's people, so eventually we also had no water.  Neither scenario is unusual for Panama as the water and power go off at random times for reasons unknown to us. So with no Internet or TV it left us no other option but to talk to each other......yikes.  Well, Clyde being a guy did come up with another option but with no a/c that was out of the question too.

Instead we decided to get out of the house and hit the road to anywhere. From the Pan American highway we turned down a road that took us through the village of Las Lajas which is Spanish for "flat stones." Here in Panama we never know what we'll find up ahead and today we found a parade of sorts.  Clyde pulled the car to the side of the road to let the small procession go by.  It seemed that we  had a front row seat to the only entertainment in town that day. We're not sure if there was a reason for this parade or if it was just the local school band doing a dress rehearsal in full uniform? But whatever the reason it was a sight to see and we took the opportunity to snap a few pictures.

What's This? A Parade?

Aren't They Cute?
The Kids Love To Pose For Pictures.

From there we drove around back roads taking note of the unusual houses we spotted along the way. I suggested we take some photos which would give me something to blog about, since I don't seem to get inspired to do so these days.

Strange Fence.
What Is This?

Lovely Rock Work Around The Windows.
 A Store, House Or Closet?  No Clue....Just A Tiny Building Full Of Clothes
With A Door In Front.
Not Uncommon To Find Unpainted Cement Homes Here, But This One Could
Afford Rock Decorations.

 A Work In Progress?
Out In The Middle Of Nowhere......Literally......A Huge Horse Statue Could
 This Be A Horse Ranch?
A Creek Along The Way.

Another View Of The Closet House.
Someone's Car?
Another One, Probably A Weekend Home.
 A Church.


After exhausting our view of houses we continued to the end of the road to Laguna de San Carlos (a small lake). The area has a tiny restaurant, boat rentals and a walking path around the lake.  Since this is rainy season the ground was too muddy for walking.  But it was lunch time so we enjoyed a lunch of fish and plantain with salad while taking in the water views.  Millions of tiny fish dotted the lake and the occasional turtle swam by while we dined.  Although the skies were cloudy the rain held out for the rest of the day.  We made our way home sometime in the afternoon content to find our water and electricity in working condition once again.  Afternoon showers were a nice delight as we finished another relaxing day in Panama......along the gringo trail.

Prices At The Lake, Although The Man Told Us The Fish Was Corvina (Sea bass).
The Lake.

Small Boats For Rent.

Our Lunch.....Whole Fish, Patacones (fried plantain), And Tomato Slices As Salad.
Cost:  $5.00

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