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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

during one of our afternoons in Panama City we had had enough of diesel exhaust and buses so we headed for the beautiful Parque Metropolitano, a 265-hectare park in the middle of town. It is pretty typical dry Pacific tropical forest, with a rich mix of big old trees, vines, and some cactuses.

If the sailing portion of our trip so far was about savoring the many subtle flavors of waves and wind, the land portion is a smorgasbord of forests. Now that we've spent a few months in Panama we're starting to focus on the different shades of tropical forest - and Panama certainly offers a whole rainbow of them. I thought I had seen most kinds, but Panama had some tricks up her sleeve waiting for me! What a joy it has been to tune in to the nuances of trees, vines, bromeliads, birds, critters, canopies.

we showed up too late that afternoon to catch any mammals, but we did see some neat birds and some really nifty bugs.

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