Blog posts are high on my priority list, however posting keeps getting kicked to the side by other important tasks. This morning I had to shovel snow. The temperature here in Michigan is below 20 degrees and it is snowing like crazy. Our outlook for today and tonight here in Van Buren County is more than 12 inches. I hope that explains the title for this post. Much of blogging and social media is still a mystery to me so I am not too sure about the hashtag thing. I do know that in search of eternal summer is quickly becoming my mantra. Today’s post is not under the category of Adventure Central by mistake. The adventure planning is continuing in Boquete and David.
Boquete is in a beautiful valley with scenic views and rocky mountain rivers. There are many expats there who visited and quickly fell in love with the town. Boquete is a small town but its culture and activities run large. Here we will find activities such as the Jazz Festival, Tuesday Market events, Coffee and Flower Festival, art exhibits and classes, theater plays and more. We will find multiple coffee plantations, a great selection of restaurants, and outdoor activities that range from scenic tours in ATV vehicles to rock climbing, mountain biking, canopy zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, bird watching, hot springs and much more. The climate in Boquete is springlike year round which makes it a major contender for a place we may like to retire. Nearby, David offers all the conveniences and services that we would find important. There is an airport where we can get a short 1 hour flight to Panama City, shopping and world class healthcare. Boquete has been appointed one of the top retirement communities in the world with a great quality of life.
While we explore Boquete and David we will surely want to visit the Lost Waterfalls. The Lost Waterfalls is a moderate hike through the cloud forest to three fabulous waterfalls. We will also want to try world class whitewater rafting and visit Volcan Baru National Park. The summit of the Volcan Baru is the only place on earth that you can see both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. My research tells me that the hike to the summit and back takes the entire day and may be difficult. Our list of adventures in Boquete also includes a trip to Finca Dos Jefes. Finca Dos Jefes is a 7 acre organic coffee farm that will give us a hands-on experience. After touring the fields and sampling a couple of the roasts, we will roast the beans and pack our own custom bag of beans.
With only 50 days to our departure for Panama the excitement is building. If today’s snowfall is any indication of the winter we are about to have here in Michigan, we may have an easy decision to retire to the “eternal summer of Panama”.
Today’s Spanish lesson is Anhelo eterno verano. Translated it means I long for eternal summer. Please, keep following, like, and share. If you have not yet subscribed to e-mail delivery of our blog, do it soon so that you will get all our posts when we get on the ground in Panama.
Greg and Jen