Lets go to the River!

There is no water in the neighborhood today. It happens, so we have water stored for such days. But, I wanted to wash my hair and freshen up after bike riding and we hadn’t been to the river for a while. So I packed a bit of shampoo, a towel, and the camera (of course!) and we headed out.

I’m amazed at the beauty every time we go to the river, so I had to share some of it!  Click on a picture and it will come up in a slide show, and then you can click through all of them.

 

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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19 Responses to Lets go to the River!

  1. How far away are you from the river? It’s convenient when you don’t have any water. We were at this river in Dolega. It’s beautiful. Ron was disappointed, though, because the locals said there were no fish in the river, and Ron is a big fisherman. Did you see any fish?

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    • kristc99 says:

      This river goes through Dolega so I expect that it’s the same one you saw. We’re a block away, then a trek down the stairs to this spot so not far at all or, we can go down through the woods directly behind our house which is more exciting, but more challenging. I’ve seen guys fishing but I don’t know what they catch. I figure there must be something or they wouldn’t be there. I’ve only seen little fish near the shore but I didn’t go very far out. Pedregal is a town on the water just south of here, maybe 20 minutes. The fish vendor we like says they can also take people out on fishing trips. I’ll bet your husband would love that!

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  2. cftc10 says:

    Reblogged this on cftc10.

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  3. indacampo says:

    That leaf is from a tree that our friend says is just call the Panameño tree. We have a big one out behind us. They are real survivors through the wind and and rain. Lovely pics once again!

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    • kristc99 says:

      Ahh really, thanks! I’ll take a closer look next time and see if I can spot which tree it came from, and hopefully it’s close by in spite of the summer wind.

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  4. Richard says:

    It’s the same, here in Boqueron where the river is literally just a few steps away from my front door. On those days when the water pressure is nil people from all around the barrio come down to bathe. Sometimes they will bring down their dishes and once in a while some clothes. School is in “summer” vacation now, so all day long kids are going past the house to the deep pool at the end of the field behind the house. If I’m outside they are all invariably polite saying “hola” or “buenos.”

    Throughout the year I can always tell what’s happening up in the mountains as far as rain is concerned by the sound of the river. When its been raining hard the river roars and I’ve seen it rise eight or ten feet in a matter of minutes.

    As far as fish, there are always a lot of small fish like minnows in the pools. There is a resident kingfisher that sits on a tree branch that overhangs the pool by the side of my house looking for a quick meal. Most of the time the water is nearly crystal clear, but during the rainy season when its been raining particularly hard and the torrents rush down towards the sea the river turns muddy and one of my neighbors will rush down with his cane pole and start pulling decent sized catfish from the pool. There only there when the water is muddy so it’s a mystery where they’ve been hiding most of the time. And there are a LOT of them. I’ve seen him pull out a dozen or more in less than half an hour.

    El Rio is a part of the daily life at my house. http://onemoregoodadventure.com/2011/11/

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    • kristc99 says:

      I remember your beautiful river and took a few photos there. I love your videos of the kids tubing down the river. What fun! That looks like a blast. Here we are almost always the only people there, though occasionally we see others swimming or fishing. I haven’t seen bathing or washing dishes (it’s a bit of a downhill trek) but when the water is out, neighbors frequently mention the river, and paper plates.

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  5. Kerry Dwyer says:

    It has been raining a lot here and the river burst it’s banks. The play park is flooded. The slide might be fun.

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    • kristc99 says:

      So, now you have a water slide! It’s winter in UK though, right? So I imagine it’s a bit chilly for water slides. Hopefully you don’t get a lot more rain so the river can settle down before it causes any big problems.

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  6. i am so happy that you have such a serene life with a healthy balance. there’s something so primal about spending time beneath the canopy of towering trees while a clear cool stream is there with all of its comforts. i’ll bet there are freshwater shrimp in that stream. they’re such bizarre-looking creatures! z

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    • kristc99 says:

      Yes, and bathing in the river even more so. Shrimp? Maybe! I’ll have to ask the neighbors.

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      • their eyes glow red in the night, and most people hunt for them in the night w/flashlights and little frog-gigging type spears. i would starve if i had to feed myself by catching those elusive bottom-clinging camarones!

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      • kristc99 says:

        Ahhh, ok. I can’t see us going to the river at night with flashlights and spears. I’d be better off buying camarones from the fish vendor. But, who knows, one day I might spot something in the river!

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  7. the dried leaf looks like a cecropria. in belize it’s called garumo. monkeys love to eat the stem, then drop the leaf, which almost always lands upside down.

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  8. kristc99 says:

    Yes, you are right. I did a google search for cecropria, which also brought up a gorgeous moth by the same name. Thanks!

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  9. Wow!! I loved that place, it’s amazing! I’m doing a spanish web to invite people to visit Panamá, and your pots it’s perfect to do it. Would you be interested in writing your experience on my web?
    Thanks!
    Sara

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