Boquete is becoming wet and even will become even wetter in the months to come, since there are still another two months to go before the rainy season tapers off. It begins to rain in the afternoon as it has been for about two months now. Back then it rained for about 2-3 hours, although lately it rains until 8:00 p.m., showing us the heavy rainy season is almost upon us.
I often ponder where the hike should be during this time in the season and do not decide until the day before, although even then that may change depending if rains throughout the night.
It did happen this week, it rained all day the day before our hike and late into the night. The next morning was cloudy but, no rain, still, I made the decision not to go on the trail, we were scheduled to hike apprehensive about treading down into a valley with a stream trickling down underneath our feet and that it may have turned out to be an unpleasant event. Sometimes a leader has to make decisions that others may not be pleased with and this was one of them.
As it turned out, we ended up hiking a new road trail which was, "Off the Beaten Path". We came across only one car traveling this and a local traveling on his horse on his way home. This turned out to a perfect rainy season trail and I will be marked down as one of my favorites for the rainy season.
I have rainy season trails and dry season trails. Rainy season trails are more out in the open, they are back road trails with not much tree covering. Back trails road like these are too hot during the dry season and are terrible especially when, one has to walk up for two to three hours. I do not enjoy walking in the sun without shade for hours.
This new trail, I'm naming Panorama Paja de Sombreo because the panoramas overlook the stunning mountainous area to the east and the panorama inlets from the Pacific to the south. The rainy season does have a plus side it provides exploring new trails and old back roads, "Off the Beaten Path" in the Boquete area. See you on the trail.
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