Panama Recap!

Hello Everyone!

I apologize for not having checked in after my trip! I honestly, have just been trying to live in the moment and allow all of my experiences to soak in now that I am back in my 'normal life.' But truly, my trip was everything I needed it to be - and everything I didn't know that I needed it to be... if that makes sense!

From intense hiking trips up into a "Cloud Forest" and getting completely drenched in a rainstorm, attending an elementary school fashion show, picking mangoes (sooo many mangoes...), swinging in hammocks, working in an organic garden, and meeting people from all over the world... I just couldn't keep up with posting every detail. Even now I'm at a loss for words... so I'll just post photos!

 Leave it to me to find somewhere to SUP!

Leave it to me to find somewhere to SUP!

But wow were those waves intense! I've been so used to either the flat waters in the Florida Keys or the lakes in Orlando that I forgot how crazy it can be to be out there where everyone is surfing! It was a bit of a struggle especially because I brought some friends out (2 to a board, whoops!) who had never SUP'd before. Lesson learned (and muscles super sore from towing them back into shore! Woof!)

  Hello?... Did someone order a MUD BATH???

Hello?... Did someone order a MUD BATH???

  "Flor del Aire was the daughter of Urraca, the most successful Chief in Panama fighting against the Conquistadores. It was her misfortune to fall in love with one of the Spanish soldiers. Yavari, one of the strongest fighters of her tribe, vied for her affection. When she did not return his love, in despair, he jumped to his death from a mountain top before the Princess' eyes. In sorrow Princess Flor del Aire left her home and never saw the Spaniard again.   She crossed mountains and valleys bitterly weeping over her fate. Above the beaches of the Caribbean she fell dead looking back at the beloved mountains where she had been born. The mountains were so touched by this sad love story they decided to form the shape of the Princess, and that is how the India Dormida arose."   Based on Presbitero José Noto, De Historia de El Valle de Anton Borrowed by El Rugidor Vallero.

"Flor del Aire was the daughter of Urraca, the most successful Chief in Panama fighting against the Conquistadores. It was her misfortune to fall in love with one of the Spanish soldiers. Yavari, one of the strongest fighters of her tribe, vied for her affection. When she did not return his love, in despair, he jumped to his death from a mountain top before the Princess' eyes. In sorrow Princess Flor del Aire left her home and never saw the Spaniard again.
She crossed mountains and valleys bitterly weeping over her fate. Above the beaches of the Caribbean she fell dead looking back at the beloved mountains where she had been born. The mountains were so touched by this sad love story they decided to form the shape of the Princess, and that is how the India Dormida arose."

Based on Presbitero José Noto, De Historia de El Valle de Anton
Borrowed by El Rugidor Vallero.

 Just had to get as close as I could... :) Waterfall during our hike in La India Dormida.

Just had to get as close as I could... :) Waterfall during our hike in La India Dormida.