Life in the Slow Lane

Well, we are overdue for some new content here, but the truth of the matter is that things have just slowed down a bit for us.  It is hurricane season in the Caribbean and, although we are out of the danger zone, it is incredibly rainy, hot and humid.  The weather just makes you lethargic.  We now understand the origin of “island time” and the need for siestas.   You can’t do much or move quickly in these conditions.  Surprisingly, however, it does cool down a bit on most nights and the heat doesn’t build back up until about 7:00am  (LOL, but no joke).  We sometimes take a stroll with Lucy on peaceful mornings. The surroundings are an abandoned US military base that is slowly and silently being reclaimed by the jungle.  It makes for good flora and fauna viewing.  So without further ado, here are some pictures we took on these walks.

Mama and baby sloth -slow lane experts

Mama and baby sloth -slow lane experts

Got a monkey on your back

Got a monkey on your back. White headed Capuchin monkeys

you lookin' at me?

you lookin’ at me?

Welcome to the jungle

Jungle reclaiming Fort Sherman

Is it a loop or a place?

I think every US military base has to have something named Kennedy.

Looks like ruins of an ancient temple.

 

Kiskadee

Kiskadee. These are all over.

hawk

Hawk

Even the monkeys just lounge about

Even the monkeys just lounge about. Howler monkeys

thorns!

Good deterrent to climbing

Hanging birds' nests

Hanging birds’ nests

Howler walking

Howler monkey on the prowl. Some say they are the loudest land animal in the world.

wild flower

wild flowers abound

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Hanging bird nest

another hanging bird nest

vulture

These look like vultures. They are quite large.

Monkey

More monkey business

Agouti

Agouti – sort of a cross between a wallaby and a rat. Sorry for the blurry photo but he was quick and we barely were able to shoot it.

Apart from the old military base and the jungle, there is nothing around for miles except the remnants of the 17th century Fort San Lorenzo.

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Fort San Lorenzo guarded the Chagres River from pirates – and had a good view of it.

Fort San Lorenzo

Fort San Lorenzo

 

Fort San Lorenzo

Fort San Lorenzo

Manning the ramparts

Manning the ramparts

The old fort had a great view

The old fort had a great view

These cannons are just lying about. Dozens of them.

These cannons are just lying about. Dozens of them.

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4 thoughts on “Life in the Slow Lane

  1. Well guys, you are still putting out a great blog , even if there is nothing but birds, monkeys and old forts ( what do you think a “military base is?) where you are . You still look healthy , happy and looking for trouble. Keep enjoying. Hugs from
    Jan

  2. Nice pics of a pretty area. I can’t wait to get there myself and do some “walk-a-bouts.” Are you able to walk there from the marina or do you need to get there via bus/taxi or? Again, can’t wait to get there and more or less on some land:) Thanks for sharing the journey!

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