Being Sunday, for my drive today, I decided to go out to Playa La Barqueta. I think the last time I was there, was a year ago when I took photos of Maricial releasing turtles into the sea. More about that later.
On my drive today, I did find a couple of things that I had never seen before. The first photo is of sugar cane, but it is flowering. I have seen sugarcane growing before, but this was the first time I ever saw long lines with flowers on them.
Here is a close up extracted from the previous photo. The tops almost look like feather dusters.
This part of Panama grows a lot of sugarcane. I understand that the Carta Vieja rum plant is close to Playa La Barqueta. That needs to be another photo trip one of these days.
The other thing that they grow a lot of near Playa La Barqueta is rice. As I getting closer to the playa, I passed a basketball court. Can you guess what is covering the court?
It is rice drying out. I never have thought much about growing rice, but I guess it has heads filled with grains similar to wheat. The reason I say this is because I saw a combine parked near this area and I don’t think it was here to cut wheat. In case you haven’t figured out, that is the second thing I had never seen before, rice drying on a basketball court.
It was lunch time when I arrived at the beach and I stopped at the restaurant where Maricial always releases the turtles. I asked if Maricial was around, but he wasn’t, but the fellow that waited on me at the restaurant asked if I wanted to see the turtles. They had over a hundred born this morning and tomorrow there will be another race to the sea. If you want to read my last turtle visit, you can find it here.
I went over to see today’s turtles.
Here is a video showing some of the final training preparations that the little fellows are going through to get ready for tomorrow.
I placed my fish and patacone order and then walked toward the ocean to take some more photos.
Playa La Barqueta still looks the same. The beach has a nice gentle slope down to the sea line. The water is always a pleasant temperature. There were several people swimming and taking advantage of the grass covered huts.
This lovely lady was on the beach and I asked if she would mind if I took her photo. She graciously accepted.
A lot of things have changed in this area. You can see a lot of development going on. This set of condos were not underway when I was there last year.
Time to go eat. Here is a photo of my fish and patacones.
It had an outstanding flavor and the price with my soft drink was $5.50.
After lunch, I visited with some friends that have a house on the beach. The view that they have is breath taking. I really enjoyed my visit and hope to get invited back.
About five I headed back to David. One thing that has not improved is the road in that area. There is not much of a chance that too many people will be speeding going to or returning from Playa La Barqueta.
As I was just leaving the area a herd of these little critters started crossing the road. The fifth stopped briefly so I could take his photo.
What do you think is running through his mind?
Well, that was this weekend’s outing. I hope you had fun. I know that I did.