This is a quiet tropical rain forest area in Boquete's District. Some in our
group saw a Resplendent Quetzale and others a group of Bell birds hopping around in the tall trees of Horqueta. Beginning our hike at 8:30 a.m. our hike began hiking downhill into a canyon about an hour and a half later, we began trekking through muddy trails as floral scents whiff through the air as we began to hike further into the jungle.
Along this route in Cerro Horqueta there are very few inhabitants that live along this trail. We pass two houses both are occupied. The first house belongs to a gentleman who grows the most delicious and sweet blackberries that, I have ever tasted. It is our lucky day, he has picked his berries, we stop and ask if they are for sale. He responds "si", we purchase them at $1.50 a pound. He does not have a scale and fills our plastic bags with berries. That night, I enjoy my fresh berries with Vanilla Ice Cream and whip cream. A truly fantastic way to end my adventurous day!
This trail always has many different types of mushrooms and even today after four years of hiking this trail, I continue to look for them despite the fact, I do not know anything about mushrooms. What does catch my eye about the mushrooms that, I find in this area of Panama is their color, texture, and size; hence I photograph them. This area of Cerro Horqueta/La Amistad the terrain is damp throughout the year and a haven for fungi.
I hope someday soon you can join me on one Boquete's off the "beaten path" hikes in Boquete and remember to, Explore. Dream. Discover.
See you on the trail.