Yesterday, we made the 1.5 hour drive from Boquete to Volcán, Panama. While Boquete is beautiful, and many people choose it as a retirement destination, it didn’t hold a whole lot of luster for us as a place to stay more than a few days. We found the town to be a bit too crowded and cramped for our tastes.
As soon as we made the turn off the main highway leading up to Volcán, however, our jaws started dropping, and continued to drop the further we drove. With lots of open farm land, cascading mountains, and rolling hills, we really felt like we could breathe here – the drive itself was truly breathtaking, refreshing, and good for the soul. For us, if we compared Boquete to Park City, Utah, we can compare Volcán to the Heber valley, but on a much grander scale. The pictures below just don’t do it justice.
Once we were in town, we took a wrong turn and headed up the mountain for about 20 minutes. The views were so spectacular, we didn’t really notice there was no civilization and that we were probably going the wrong way. Eventually we turned around and found Las Plumas, the rental homes where we’re staying for the next 7 nights. The homes are really well taken care of, and secure. The furnishings are lovely and comfortable, and we have reliable Internet access! There’s also a little yard for the girls to play in.
After we got settled, we took a drive further up the road to the towns of Cerro Punta and Guadalupe, which are known for their strawberries, and even more beautiful views. We browsed the street vendors and bought some strawberry bread (delicious!), raspberry jam (even better), a strawberry “duro” (frozen pureed strawberries and sugar – delicious!), and a nice hot tamale.
After coming back for a rest, went went to a steak/seafood place for dinner. Emily got a delicious hamburger, Marie got fish sticks, and Jen got a sirloin steak. I just shared with everybody, and we still ended up with extra food. Then we picked out some groceries for the week, including some things the girls are used to at home like cold cereal, Macaroni & Cheese, and spaghetti.
And that night we had our first hot shower in three days! Ahh……