Saturday 30 November 2013 65 °F
When does the parade start?
"11am, más o menos" (more or less) which in reality here in Boquete meant 12:30pm kickoff for the Panamanian Independence Day parade. By coincidence, we found ourselves in Panama's biggest Independence Day celebration, complete with appearance of El Presidente. (No, not Manuel Noriega. He is safely behind bars in the prison near our hotel back in Panama City.) We four Americanos were conspicuous for many reasons, but Daddy coached the kids ahead of time to shout "¡Viva la Revolucion!" in case any locals questioned our motives for attending. There was an interesting mix of ethnic costumes and military uniforms from all the parade marchers and observers.
We sat on the curb of main street Boquete and ate our picnic lunch while waiting for the festivities to start. Pearl and Henry were upset upon learning that the three-second rule does not apply to food items dropped in the gutter of a Panamanian city.
After the parade, we headed to "Finca Lérida" coffee plantation in search of the Resplendent Quetzal. Unfortunately, we may be here at the wrong time of year. Quetzals are spotted only occasionally, and today the conditions up in the mountains were less than ideal--rainy and windy. Nonetheless, we enjoyed a beautiful hike through old growth cloud forest, and despite not spotting the elusive bird, we still enjoyed our time together.
Remember to check out Henry's wonderful birding blog, found here: