While we were in Boquete, Panama, we decided to take a day and drive to the [Pacific] coast. We got some suggestions from our hosts at the hotel and decided to drive to a resort called Las Olas (The Waves). We were told you can pay a resort fee of $10 and use the resort facilities (pool, gym, beach umbrellas, etc.). It sounded like a nice way to spend a day.
We used our newly-downloaded map of Panama for our GPS unit. It didn't do so well. What should have taken us about 1.25 hours took us about 2 hours. We got lost on all the small backroads and the GPS kept telling us to turn where there wasn't a road. Thank goodness we started seeing signs for Las Olas along the road at various points (like the one at the top of this post). We followed them and eventually found the resort. It was in the middle of nowhere.
Long story short, it was a big disappointment. The weather was overcast by the time we got to the resort and the parking lot had only a handful of cars. We started to wonder if it was even open. At the front desk, they told us we could buy day passes for $16 each. We told them we wanted to look around first.
The pool was nice and there were only 2 people in it (or around it). The resort was nearly deserted. We walked down to the beach. It was a dark-brown colored sand that was very coarse. The waves (las olas) were definitely coming in but looked more suitable for surfing than swimming. This was confirmed by the warning signs posted - certainly not a swimming beach. (We didn't think about it until later that we didn't even bother to take a picture of the beach.)
Since we had been in the car for a couple of hours, we were thirsty. I walked up to the pool bar and started to order a couple of beverages. The bartender explained that since I didn't have a "wrist band," he wouldn't be able to serve me. Really? It appeared there were only 2 people staying at the resort and they didn't want to take my money. Whatever...
Obviously, we weren't going to be staying. On our way out, we noticed a small pond built along the walkway. It had a bunch of turtles in it and one other, rather surprising, inhabitant. Tina DARED me to go over and touch it, since it was easily within reach of the sidewalk. Being the fearless warrior that I am, I took the challenge and proved my manliness:
Having survived The Dare and earning the undying respect and admiration of my wife, we headed back to civilization. We had gotten directions from the front desk staff, so it would take us about half as long to get back.
Life Lesson Moment:
On the way back, we passed a house/farm that had this beast tied up in the front yard. I know you can't really tell from the picture but this bull was HUGE. It's size was the first thing that caught our attention. Then we noticed how it was tied up. See that measly little rope around its horns? That bull could have broken that without even trying. There was no other fence surrounding the bull - just the rope keeping it in place.
Isn't that a lot like we can be sometimes? The thing we think is holding us back or keeping us from achieving more is, in reality, just an old, worn rope we could easily break. WE give the rope its strength. What's holding you back? Come on, people, let's get out there today and BREAK THOSE ROPES! That's no bull.
Thank you. That will be $200 for the Life Coaching.
Posted by Mark