Neither Atlantic nor Pacific sides of Panama have ocean swells like these.
Similar to Panama Canal, but another canal-like passage.

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Both Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean waters remain peacefully calm in this Equatorial Paradise. Panama’s beauty defies description. Fertile green fields yield several harvests each year. Exotic wild life and plants abound.

We’ve dreamed about Panama, visited the Central American country, talked about relocating, applied for and received Residency Status, more two week visits to beach settings, mountain towns, big cities, small towns, and places in between.

The first place in Panama we visited stands out to me. Gamboa Rainforest Resort on the Panama Canal. Each room at Gamboa had a private balcony with a hammock. My husband spent hours in that hammock. He loves reading and basking in the warmth.

Gamboa’s amenities abound. One excursion took us deep into the rainforest. We spent a lovely afternoon with the native Panamanians, having a meal of plaintains and fish, and marvelling at the scant clothing they wore.

While most of our party returned to the canoe we arrived in to vswin and see a waterfal, I stayed in the village. The Medicine Man, his Spanish-speaking only wife communicated. With their limited English and my equally little Spanish, our talking mainly consisted of gestures and smiles.

When the group returned from going further upriver, the Panamanian natives, Iberra Tribe, brought out their handmade items for visitors to see and purchase. We found a black beaded collar and several other items. My husband asked how the native people’s skin stayed so clear and free from mosquito and other insect bites.

They put some black tar-looking substance on their faces and bodies. It’s a natural bug repellant. He had them apply the mess to his face and body. I declined. He wore it proudly to dinner at Gamboa that evening. He would’ve worn it home. But, it showered off.

Oh, phooey!

The Panama Canal. That is a sight to behold. Not. It’s Okay. People seem excited to see it. It’s a marvel, how it was built, the time-frame and all. Many lives were lost. Malaria took its toll. But, I thought it was like watching paint dry. Boats and ships m-o-v-e e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y through the locks.

The adaption of these arrow minded, selfish thoughts of mine, altered by our daughter’s bubbly appreciation. USA military presence during the years of Noriega brought many back to choose Panama for their retirement years with their spouse and/or family.

My husband and I disagree on elevation. He prefers the beach because of water sports like swimming, snorkling, sailing, or any other water sport. While I, non-swimmer and former sun-bather, like to either be indoors or in a cool mountain setting.

It’s a conundrum. That may be a huge part of why we’re still living in the USA. I firmly believe we’ll eventually move there.

Lying on the beach used to be fun for me. An oceanographer told me everthing the sea doesn’t want is deposited on the beach. That startling fact cured the desire to be a beach sun-bather.

His only child daughter, who I previously called our daughter, lives here in Florida. She’ll go with us when we visit Panama in August 2019. Her thirteen-year-old son died in March 2017. His August birthday makes this a difficult month for her.

JMN might’ve gone with us last summer, but didn’t. Since her job at the University of Florida is in flux presently, this year works out better for her to accompany us. We’ll stay at a mountain town, about an hour’s drive from Panama City.

El Valle is on an extinct volcano. Park Eden Resort promises many amenities; nature walks/hiking. horseback riding, bird watching, swimming. It sounds idyllic, like there’s something for everyone.

One of these yearly visits, we’ll find exactly our perfect location in Panama. Then maybe we’ll follow through with our moving plans. Or maybe it’ll remain a beautiful dream. The reality is for others who already love it now that they’ve moved there.


(Copied and Pasted from Gamboa Rainforest Resort Webpage.)

Tucked deep in the mystical Soberania National Park at the meeting place of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort is an exceptional destination. It’s where contemporary comfort and warm, facinating adventures come together to offer the best accommodation for experiencing the unspoiled beauty of the Panamanian rainforest.

Just 30 minutes from Panama City on 340 acres overlooking the Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment that explorers and pirates once tread. Each of our well-appointed, eco- lodge-style rooms and suites offers an authentic and relaxing escape from the bustle and distractions of everyday life.

From exhilarating aerial tram rides, night safaris on the Chagres River and Panama Canal kayaking adventures to guided boat tours, fishing expeditions and much more, Gamboa Rainforest Resort is an exotic vacation sanctuary, where individuals, groups and families enjoy memories to last a lifetime.

Author’s Note:

It isn’t Arizona. There’s no comparing a rainforest with a desert. Arizona’s land-locked sun drenched climate and gorgeous azure sky remain etched in my heart and mind forever. Arizona will alway be my forever favorite place to live here on planet Earth.