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Binoculars, sloths and the Butterfly Jail

When Jeff and I visited Panama in 2014 we visited the Metropolitan Park to bird watch. We didn’t see many birds but we did see an anteater. Ever since I’ve been hoping to see another one.

First, we needed binoculars since we left our perfectly good pair back at home in Seattle. So, we headed to the mall. After checking around in several different stores, we were directed to Panafoto which sells everything electronic.

No pans and no photos though.

The store is set up similar to how Service Merchandise was back in the 70’s. First, we waited for someone to help us at the binocular counter.

How badly do you want to see an anteater?
I think I see coffee grinders in aisle 4.

Then we went to several counters, one to order the product, one to get a receipt, one to pay, and one to get the product, and finally, one to look at the product and sign off it was the correct item.

Let’s start all over and get a coffee grinder too.
Please don’t make me go back to that other counter.

After we finished with the binoculars, we decided to start the process over again for a coffee grinder.

On Sunday we headed out to the Parque Nautural Metropolitano. It was a quick fifteen minute Uber ride which only cost $4.00. The park was great with nice bathrooms, water fountains, and English speaking rangers.

Which trail has the most anteaters?
Not seeing any anteaters yet

The trails were easy and the forest was beautiful. We heard a lot of birds but only saw a few.

This bird is so still, it’s amazing.

I spent ten minutes staring at what I thought was a bird but turned out to be a really nice leaf.

It was really hot, I had to struggle just to stay upright and continue walking. But everyone else was jogging, actually running!

You’re going to miss all the anteaters if you run that fast.

We hiked up one hill, at the top I thought I would very likely pass out, other women were doing squats, on a hill, in hot weather!

We didn’t see any anteaters and very few birds. But, we did come upon a sloth!!

We didn’t exactly come across it, it was high up in a tree. But still, the binoculars came in handy.

At the end of our walk, I insisted on going to the butterfly garden, or butterfly jail as Jeff called it. Jeff didn’t want to spend the $5 on admission, so he stayed on the other side of the netting.

OK, it is a little bit like a moth prison.

Is this photo worth a butterfly’s freedom?
I bet they don’t get grapefruit in the wild.

The garden had eleven different types of butterflies. I think I saw six different kinds, all interesting, and all seeming very happy.

We got some exercise, got into nature, and saw some cool stuff. Next time I’m bringing some ants though to attract an anteater.