Day 10 & 11 – The Panama Canal


We spent a lazy day on the ship, as we are full speed ahead for the Panama Canal.  Whoa.  My Bucket List Runneth Over!  I have always been intrigued by this man-made phenomena, and know I am going to see it first hand.  No PBS documentary for me – it’s a full sail day across the Isthmus of Panama and I don’t want to miss a moment.

Yesterday I attended another Beyond the Podium lecture by our intrepid Arctic explorer.  The first two lectures were fascinating and extremely motivating.  I was ready to volunteer for the next expedition – who cares it will be 20 degrees below zero – on a good day!  But the last two lectures haven’t thrilled me as much.

This lecture was about a dogsled trip she took across Greenland.  It was not an exploration by any means – she hired a guide for she and her husband.  Not that doesn’t beat a trip to the outlet stores at Lincoln City, Oregon!  But she was reaching here to bill this as a mighty exploration adventure.  There was one humorous situation.  After their dog sled trip, they couldn’t leave due to bad weather.  Before they left, they were able to witness a 20 team dog sled race, which is a pretty prestigious race in this neck of the woods. Continue reading “Day 10 & 11 – The Panama Canal”