Today was a surf lesson day – not for me. I’m the driver, spectator and photographer. Rather than the regular location at El Palmar Beach, we were lead on foot down the street to the beach at San Carlos, which was the first time I’ve been on that segment of the Pacific Coast beach of Panama. It was a lovely change of venue, with a new section of the beach to discover. We had to portage across the river mouth, holding our belongings above our heads – good thing I had worn my bathing suit! I was a little apprehensive watching the others go ahead of me and seeing how high the water was, but when it was my turn of course it only came up to my waist because I’m so tall, lol. Lucky for me, as I was carrying my camera bag, sandals, water, beach mat, etc.
The hut you see in the photo is somewhat typical of the makeshift huts you see around Panama. They build them on the beaches (this one is more solid than most), along the highway when they sell fish or fruit, and anywhere they need one. Sometimes they are only there for a few hours, sometimes a day, sometimes longer – like this one. In fact, during a holiday on a public beach like this one, you can sometimes see 20 or 30 of them lined up in a row, sheltering families from the rays of the sun. Then, like magic, they are all gone! It is amusing.