The road less traveled
Most of it was great! The road winds around, up and down, with many river crossings. The river crossings are at the bottom of ravines, which mean the road is very steep going down to then up from each crossing. The slope was about 10%-13%, with a couple steeper than that!
The road was quite narrow in spots, and there were a couple of sections that were church roads. (Quite Hole-y!) We got to a point where they are building a new dam, and the road kind of stopped. There was a bit of a gravel trail around a corner, so we tried it, and ended up on the steepest section of the road, not sure the grade, but our truck was in low gear, full gas, and no acceleration! I would have put it in 4x, but didn't think I could get started again if I stopped.
We made it out the other side, and over all it was a great trip! The scenery was amazing (GeoLin has some pictures to post) and because of the road, there was hardly any traffic (a couple of taxis, and a bus or two...). We did pass one village that had cool bamboo arches with flowers over the road, and it was the first time in Panama where people actually stopped to look at us. Not sure if it was because we are gringoes, or if it was cause no vehicles and come through that way in a while...
We will try the road again in a couple weeks when there is more water to see how the rivers look.
We don't have bugs here, but we do have spiders. Quite a few of them, and they are large. Not as big as the ones we had in Kenya, but still large. The seem to come out in the evening, after we close up the doors and windows, and turn the lights on. We usually do a walk around the house in the evening to get rid of the big ones in the bedrooms.
We have seen a few other bugs around, a couple of beetles, some tiny ants, fireflies, various moths, a few cockroaches, some caterpillars, a centipede or two (one stung Caedon), Tiggie found some tiny jumping worms, stick bugs, locusts, grasshoppers, praying mantis, spiders, a single mosquito, dive bomb beetles, tuner moths, large moths,... Hmm, so maybe we do have bugs here?
But mostly, just spiders. Not sure what type they are, or if they are poisonous - one looks like a wolf spider, but not really sure. If you can identify any of these, let us know! I tried making a lemon oil and water spray, it was supposed to make the spiders move along to somewhere else. I think instead they liked it, and invted their friends over.
We are a family that loves to travel, have adventures, road trips, and the ocean!