Panama Canal (Day 12, Part 2)

December 26

The afternoon session (Puntarenas Panorama) . . . 

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[Again, bypassing the beaches . . . ]

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[And this is our afternoon guide, Natasha.  Yes, both guides on this day did look like movie stars . . . ]

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[Are you taking my picture?]

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[I’m connected to Russian trolls?]

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[Some of the local residents out catching rays . . . ]

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[Let me out!  I’m innocent!  But as you can see, this is merely a parking lot . . . ]

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[Is the guy on the right related to our Supreme Court justice?]

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[Arriving Esparza (founded by the Spanish in 1574) where local dancers in traditional costumes entertained us in the city park . . . ]

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[The historic Catholic church known as the historic Catholic church . . . ]

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[Natasha was an enthusiastic participant . . . ]

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[The kids were all terrific.  It’s a long running tradition, the dancers all between the ages of x and y (the ages I’ve long since forgotten) . . . ]

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[As I recall, the young lady on the left (in the yellow) was in her last year as she was aging out . . . ]

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[The “Panorama” part continues now, riding along the shore . . . ]

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[Through commercial areas . . . ]

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[Photo ops out the bus window . . . ]

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[On the lookout for some authentic Costa Rican cuisine . . . ]

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[Well, it’s the day after Christmas . . . ]

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[And now, as the sun sinks slowly in the West, a/k/a, the Pacific Ocean, we just sit back and enjoy the views . . . ]

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[Leaving Costa Rica now, next stop Nicaragua . . . ]

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Today, in 1692, the salem witch hunt was started, what we today call “TSA screenings.”  ~ Michelle Wolf

Up Next: The cruise, continued?

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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