Good Rain Jackets for Panama

Traveling outside of Panama City requires a rain jacket of some form.  Here are a few examples of jackets we use.

Men’s Jacket – LL Bean Trail Model Jacket.  Jim has had this jacket for about five years now.  It is great and has a lifetime guarantee.

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Ladies Jacket – Athleta Rain Check Shell.  Renée has had this jacket for about two years now.  For a short-length jacket it has been perfect.

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Ladies Raincoat – LL Bean Trail Model Raincoat.  Renée has had this coat for almost four years.  It is perfect for a boat ride or when you are not as active.  I divide the time between both the jacket and the coat now depending upon what I am doing.

 

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Boy’s Rain Jacket – Land’s End Boys’ Solid Package Navigator.  Tres just got this jacket recently after he grew out of his Colombia jacket.  So far we like it quite a bit.  The jacket can be packed into itself which makes it easy to keep it in his backpack.

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Girl’s Rain Jacket – LL Bean Kids’ Discovery Rain Jacket.  Boty has had this one for a few months.  She was using a hand-me-down jacket Tres had from Old Navy.  She wanted a pink one this time which meant she wasn’t going to go with the Columbia jacket that Tres had just grown out of.  So far so good with this jacket and it can also be folded into itself.
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These are by no means the only jackets to use on a trip down here, they are just a few of the jackets we have had personal experience in using.  Try to bring something with you beyond a plastic poncho.  It will make you happier as you walk or kayak through the jungle.

 

 

Stand Up Kayaking

So, after Tres dared me to try stand up paddleboarding last month, I was bitten quite badly by the bug. I have been in the water every day since except for two.

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For those of you that know me, this is a remarkable change. I normally spend too much time working at my computer and don’t stop to do something fun. Ask my kids, they would tell you the same thing. I decided it was high time that I remedy this situation.

Most afternoons I take one or both of the kids and we get in the water for about thirty minutes. Some days we paddle laps back and forth in front of the dock. Other days they swim and I paddle. On special afternoons, we take a spin around the mangroves or the little island in front of the dock. Adopting this new attitude and new sport has been great for all of us. Sunday afternoon you will find each one of us in the water in some form or another. Boty has taken to jumping off the dock which she has been reluctant to do until now.

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If you have access to either a stand up paddle board or a sit on top kayak and some calm water, I suggest you try it as well. You might just find yourself with a new sport.

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First three photos – Ramon Fernandez Frances. Last photo – Jim Kimball

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

So, I took a dare from my seven year old son last Saturday. It was my 43rd birthday and he wanted me to do something different. He told me I needed to try out stand up paddle boarding. He and his dad took the board for a spin on Friday afternoon and Tres was hooked. So I tried it. And I am hooked.

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I went out again on Sunday just to confirm that I had really enjoyed it the day before. On Sunday the water was a bit choppier in the open ocean so I headed into the more protected area of the bay to keep trying things out. Time passed and I had been on the board for almost an hour without even realizing it. It does take a special board in order for you to keep your balance unless you are say Tres at age seven. He can use a foam surf board for a stand up paddle board. Me – not so much.

I am working on a way to get at least one of these here for me in the near future and if at all possible see about offering them to our guests at some time. There are no manufacturers here in Panama so we are going to have to import them which makes things a bit more complicated. In the mean time, if you have a chance to try a stand up paddle board on calm waters, go for it. It is a great way to enjoy nature and get a work out at the same time.

Field Trip

Tres, Scott, Gina, Jay, Jim and Jim’s older brother went on a field trip a couple of weeks ago. First they went to our friend’s chocolate farm. Tres and Scott have been there many times before and they love it every time. Then in the afternoon they went to Bahia Honda and into the Bat Cave. They had so much fun. Tres and Scott have been talking about it so much since then. Here are a few photos of the “field trip”. I never went on any such kind of trip. Pretty cool school.

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