There’s been a lot going on around here lately! The most fun thing has been our friends’ granddaughter who stayed with us for a little while. I had a great time showing her some of the things I love in our area. Of course we had to start with a visit to the river behind our house. It’s been raining quite a bit so the water was fairly high and muddy, and everything is really green.
I never get tired of the river!
I like how the light lands on this branch sticking up out of the water.
Everything is so beautiful and green right now.
We decided to take a drive to Volcan and Cerro Punto. I think it’s so beautiful there and it was fun watching her enjoy it too. Our first stop was Macho de Monte in Cuesta Piedra, the fantastic river canyon. We weren’t dressed for climbing over rocks and down sand embankments (which were steeper than I remembered – I think they had been moving the dirt and sand around) but we still could see a lot.
We were above the canyon looking down. I’m not sure what they saw here though.
The water was coming under the bridge and heading for the edge where it would become waterfalls.
Joel and Kayla climb over rocks to the side to look down into the canyon.
More water falls over the edge into the canyon below.
Looking down from the bridge, you can see the canyon quite well.
It was a great treat to see this tarantula crossing the road! Joel is the brave one who got this close, but the tarantula wasn’t the least bit concerned or aggressive, thank goodness.
My friend Cedo has a farm near here so we stopped by for a short visit. This farm has been in her family for many years. Her mother-in-law was one of the 8 original settlers in this area named the town (Cuestra Piedra). The farm is a lot of work for my friend but with this family history, I understand why she wants to keep it.
We arrived at feeding time and you wouldn’t believe what a racket can be made by excited and hungry pigs! The geese were also helping and it was deafening. Look closely and you can see all the pigs standing up on their walls.
From there, we headed up the road towards Volcan enjoying the beautiful scenery.
There are many beautiful vistas.
The clouds started to roll in.
In less than a minute, the fog obscured almost everything.
I’m always amazed by the farms in Cerro Punta. The vegetables are literally grown on the sides of the mountains!
The clouds were spectacular!
The green pasture, the cows, and the mountains made a very picturesque sight.
The clouds were more and more beautiful.
There was a lot of salsa music coming from this barn. I’m not sure if it was to keep the cows happy, or the workers, or both.
We saw these colors from a distance, and it wasn’t until I downloaded this photo taken with my zoom lens that I realized they were plastic crates. It looks like they had dug potatoes which were laying on the ground waiting to be packed up.
It’s hard to tell in the photos how these farms are on the sides of steep mountains.
the bougainvillea is still flowering up there.
You are stopping and looking at me, and giving me nothing?!
Panama is such a beautiful country! I really enjoy getting out and its even more fun to share the experience with others who also appreciate it.
About Kris Cunningham
We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
Really beautiful photos Kris. And you have a river behind your house! How nice. Thanks for sharing 🙂
We do! It’s not close enough to see through all the trees, but we can hear it clearly. We are really lucky to live in this spot. Thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂
Does that river have gators? Photos are so amazing. I don’t see how any one could not want to move there.
We saw a small caiman once who ran off as soon as it saw us. The neighbors said they had never heard of one before. People swim in the river quite a bit so I don’t think its dangerous. This is such a beautiful country and it is a pleasure to live here 🙂
That is, one BIG Spider !!!
Yes indeed! I’ve never seen one close to that big outside of a cage.
Love your photos, just came back from Panama and also visited Cerro Punto. We took two 8hr tours and visited a lot of little cities arounde David. It was nice to see all the potatoe fields and all the produce growing on the mountain. We even visited a Coffee plantation on the upper level. We had a great visit and can’t wait to move there, hopefully next year.
How good you got to see that area! It’s my favorite mountain area around here. I’m glad you had such a good time on your visit. Good luck on your move 🙂