(Santa Catalina, Panama)
Yesterday we had a changing of the guard here on Oceanna. Jocelyn and Wade caught the morning bus out, while Stephen and Nicole (Greg’s brother and sister-in-law) caught the afternoon bus in. As with all new guests, today we spent their first day working on their sunburns.
Santa Catalina is one of my favourite towns to walk around in. There’s not necessarily a lot to see by means of shops, it’s more the sights that have me happily rambling about. The rolling pastureland reminds me (somehow) of Saskatchewan, yet the living fences and oceanside cliffs have me back to reality in no time. Not to mention the severe shoulder gutters on the sides of the main road. My past life designing urban infrastructure tells me these bad boys would not fly in the old CAD. Even if Canada received a heavy rainy season like that of Panama’s.
The point of all that was to say we took Stephen and Nicole strolling through Santa Catalina. They saw the three shops at which to buy groceries. Learning all three must be perused to determine the best items to purchase – should they be available at all. They also took in the open surf shops, no doubt under Greg’s leadership. And we pointed out all the open restaurants that were closed back in October when we were last here.
No tour of Santa Catalina would be complete though without a visit to the point to watch the swell. A quick stroll down the evergreen lined lane of an abandoned property and you’re on the viewing platform. Unfortunately, tide was high and swell was low so there was no show to watch.