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Boat passing thru the Panama Canal

Boat passing thru the Panama Canal

I went to Panama with sister Cyndy and her oldest son Bryan, she to visit Jim, an old high school friend,  and me to visit my first Central American country. Jim settled in Panama with his Panamanian wife after retiring from the military. He has an interesting occupation in Panama – he travels with portable medical instruments, sonograms and the like, to small clinics and villages in the countryside, places that cannot afford to have their own.

Cyndy with her old friend Jim outside his house in Diablo, Panama

Cyndy with her old friend Jim outside his house in Diablo, Panama

Jim took time off from his 2nd career, to show us Panama – the canal, the city, an Eco-lodge, the mountains, and a sea resort.

Jim's wife, Cyndy, Dalas, Jim, Jim's friend and Cyndy's son Bryan - at the zoo; we heard Monkeys howling - outside the zoo walls

Jim’s wife, Cyndy, Dalas, Jim, Jim’s friend and Cyndy’s son Bryan – at the zoo; we heard monkeys howling – outside the zoo walls!

Bryan and I took a boat ride at the Eco-lodge to monkey island.

Bryan and I took a boat ride at the Eco-lodge to monkey island, where we fed oranges to them.

We saw monkeys and huge crocodiles along the canal, as well as large ships passing. At the time the news was about a new lock system twice as wide as the current, to handle super tankers – I believe work is well underway.

Finally finished in 1913, the building of the canal was an incredible fiasco,

Big croc in the river

Big croc in the river

first by the French (20,000+ dead workers, most from disease), then by us (5,000+ dead workers). Once completed though, the canal has proved to be a benefit.

Monkey with a tail

Monkey with a tail

Around the canal and the city you can still see many of the old buildings that once supported tens of thousands of workers and US military, in use now for housing and storage.

Me enjoying the resort - plenty of big pools an private, kayaking off the beach, all the food you could eat...

Me enjoying the resort – plenty of big pools and private, kayaking off the beach, all the food you can eat…

Cyndy and Bryan in tall bambo

Cyndy and Bryan in tall bambo

Old Panama City street

Old Panama City street

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