Well, it’s been another 4 months since my last post. Life in Pedasí is just that-our life now. Yes, there have been some changes, some more adventures, some challenges. But as anywhere we would live, our life has become familiar; Pedasí is our home. We have settled in and are enjoying our third life. Some days I have to remind myself what day it is and do I have anything planned for this day. When I don’t have anything planned, it seems the day goes by with things to do or people to visit. So I am not bored and keep busy, even if it is just playing a game on the computer or watching a movie on Netflix. My third life in Pedasí is good.
I may have lost some followers of my blog along the way for not having written anything for so long. For those who have hung in there or are new, I thought I would just catch you up with photos and events in our life for the past 4 months. I realized after looking at all my photos, that we have definitely been busy and decided to only write about August through October. A Catch-up for November through December will come after the New Year. We certainly did not just sit on the veranda all day, although I still enjoy doing that.
Rented a car and took a week-long business trip to Santa Catalina, Volcán, Cerra Punta, & Boquete. I had never been to Santa Catalina (Mikkel has), which is known for surfing and diving. Coiba, which used to be a penal island, is where many go to dive and snorkel. The day we planned to go snorkeling, a huge storm came in and we opted out. But we did explore the surfing beach and enjoyed watching the storm’s full force while having lunch at the Santa Catalina Inn which overlooked ocean. The beaches never get old for me, rain or shine.
After 2 days in Santa Catalina, we drove to Volcån, stayed with our friend Amanda for 3 days and visited the Jenson’s Coffee Farm again.
One day we drove up to Cerro Punta (another place in Panama we had never been before), altitude about 6500 ft. and considered as the Vegetable and Fruit Center of Panama. We bought fresh strawberries and jam. As you can see, we needed a jacket for the cooler weather.
The last 2 days, we stayed in Boquete. We had a private tour of a coffee farm which included the “cupping” of 4 different coffee beans.
We also went to the Boquete Brew Co. one evening to surprise our friends who live in David. Their band was playing there that night.
Started the month off going on a whale watching trip with the “Free Spirits”, a newly-formed women’s group in Pedasí. We saw lots of whales, sea turtles, and even a devil ray. Spent a few hours having lunch, sunbathing, and snorkeling at Isla Iguana. Best day ever!
The “Free Spirits” met again a few weeks later at for lunch at “Pangas” in Playa Venao.
Mikkel had scheduled his annual physical & other doctor appointments with the Palo Alto VA Medical Facility. After realizing I had enough airline miles with Copa Airlines for a round trip ticket, we both flew to San Francisco, California. The first week we stayed at an Airbnb in San Jose while visiting Mikkel’s daughter Michelle, son-in-law Derek, and our 3 grandchildren. I took advantage of some free time to renew my California Driver’s License and visit the Apple Store in Palo Alto to get a new battery for my iPhone and have my Mac mini computer fixed which crashed while downloading a new update. Mikkel & I drove over to Santa Cruz Boardwalk one day and walked from one end to the other enjoying the warm sun. (I will say again; I will never get enough of the beach no matter where it is.)
We also had a fun time at the surprise 40th birthday party for Derek. On Sunday, we drove to Auburn and attended our former church, surprising our past friends with our presence since we didn’t tell anyone we were coming. Sorry we missed some. Then the next day we went with the family to Big Basin Redwood Forest in the Santa Cruz mountains (I hadn’t been there for a long time and never with Mikkel).
The next day I flew to Tucson, Arizona to visit my daughter Becky, son Ben, and sister Geri and families, leaving Mikkel behind for all of his doctor appointments. He stayed at the Defenders’ Lodge at the Palo Alto VA Medical Offices for the next week and continued to visit our grandchildren in San Jose in between appointments. When I got to Tucson, I received a call from Mikkel that he had my suitcase and I had his. Do you know what that means? SHOPPING!!!!!!. It was the best time of year for Summer Clearance.
Day trip to Mt. Lemmon with daughter Becky & grandson Elijah
Dinner at a my favorite Mexican restaurant.
Went to a football game: University of Arizona vs. UCLA
Visited my sister and niece in Glendale, Arizona
Visited Grandson’s school before saying Goodbye.
I flew to Los Angeles, visited more friends and family for a day and then returned to Panama where I met up with Mikkel who flew back from San Francisco. Mikkel shared that he had a clean bill of health and we both enjoyed totally enjoyed our visit this year to the U.S.
October finished with the annual Halloween Party at Smiley’s.
I believe that’s it for now. There are so many more pictures I could share and another event in Pedasi during October, but this blog is probably way to long. November and December, including Thanksgiving and Christmas activities, to come hopefully by the beginning of the new year. I have been busy and the next few days are no exception.
I wish all my readers a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR – ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD Y NUEVO ANO!