Staying with Russle and Jay

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
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Where I stayed
El Refugio (aka- Russle and Jays house)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Eric and I are back in Panama city,
still looking for boats and trying to use the internet (which was not
available on Taboga or Grande) we met up with Luke from Denver who
had just returned from Bocas. We hung out with our friend, Luke for his last
night in Panama and he told us about this place that he stayed in San
Carlos, so off we went.
San Carlos is a small beach town about one
hour south of Panama City. Mostly it seems to be second homes, very
nice homes, for city people. There is one restaurant close to the
beach and then a small town up the road. We got into town and headed
for Luke's recommendation of El Refugio otherwise known as Jay and
Russel's house. Which is pretty much what it was. Its not a hotel, its just their house where they rent out rooms. Jay and Russel
are son and father who's family has been in San Carlos since the
50's. I don't even know where to go from here, I could be killed for
revealing any information. Maybe Ill just leave it at that? In a
nutshell they were both more than interesting and if that wasn't
enough the friends that stopped by often were fascinating with their
stories about the good ol' days of the Canal Zone (and some vary interesting drug/gun running stories from the 1970's.We had a great lunch one day at a local Mexican restaurant called Cholos
run by a young American, Owen. He sent us off on a “short walk”
to the next beach, Rio Mar, where we wanted to check out the surf camp.
This little walk turned into hours walking around in the heat till
we finally found the surf camp, where we couldn't possibly stay since
we would have to do a huge walk to get out of there. No restaurant
or shop any where around. Since we had come so far we figured we
would try to walk along the beach back to San Carlos even though we
know its high tide and we probably wont make it, Eric and I just cant
face the thought of walking back the way we came and we are too
embarrassed to ask someone to call us a cab. So we make a mad dash
up the beach to the point at San Carlos, fighting the tide, both
knowing that turning back is quickly becoming not an option. So we
finally get to the Point and of course we have to swim out, climb up
some rocks, jump back into the surf, try not to get pounded onto the
rocks, and finally make it to shore where we had to run across the
quickly disappearing beach back to safety. FYI there is a 19 foot
tide change(19 VERTICAL feet ) and we are fully clothed. Eric does
this whole thing while holding our backpack aloft and swimming with
one hand. Even Russel and Jay, two accomplished surfers familiar
with the area, were impressed!
We had a blast staying with those guys, but were ready for some quiet time so we headed off for El Valle.
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