Impatient boyfriends and the generally shy

October 5, 2005

Day three in Boquete, day three of Cipro, day three of diarrhea. I am still feeling only “OK” except after I eat. That makes my stomach hurt. I still have dirrehea, but it seems a little better and less frequent than before. I’m not sure when I am going to get better, but I am also not sure when I am coming back to Boquete, so Soyan and I decided we would do a hike today. We originally came to summit Volcan Baru. The standard hike begins at Midnight to arrive for sunrise, which is just about the only time that you can expect clear skies and a chance to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In my current condition that just wasn’t possible.

We instead set out at 8AM on a 1900 foot climb through a secondary growth forest to reach the continental divided. I wasn’t expecting to make it, but we thought we’d give it a shot. We had a wonderful guide who was knowledgeable and patient and we did in fact make it. Sadly the typical cloud cover had set in and we didnĀ“t have much of a view.

We did however see some amazing butterflies, flowers and plants. There were tons of wild Impatiens which are known in Spanish as “Novios” or boyfriends. I thought this seemed just about right. Far more impressive was however the Sensitive or Shy Plant. It has an amazing ability to respond almost immediately to touch.

I hear you saying “that can’t be…”

Well it is just take a look at the video (starring Soyan’s hand)…

If you can’t see the video, click here to download it.

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