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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 years 1 month ago #15022

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LOL, you need lots of cash for the fools on the Nicaraguan side of the boarder, or a sharp machete is the option I will use next time.

Day 4 - Made it out of Costa Rica tonight, and over to the Panamanian side of the boarder. Costa Rica is one gorgeous country, and the folks all seemed helpful and friendly. I will definitely have to head back there and spend more time exploring. I am including a few shots I took along the route today.

After a good breakfast at the Marriott, I plotted my route to bypass the part of the highway that was destroyed by the landslide. This route took me through some long, narrow winding roads through some of the most beautiful little mountain villages I have seen in a very long time. It was some slow going, but I enjoyed the drive very much.

I was not in a hurry today, as I was sure I would make it to the Panama boarder before dark. I stopped at a little rest stop for a late lunch along the Pacific coast highway, and just enjoyed the view.

The boarder crossing from Costa Rica to Panama was a little chaotic to say the least. The place is like a circus. There is a whole thriving economy based on just boarder crossings. It's like some one set up the boarder in the middle of town and everyone is into cruising the boulevard at the entrance to the crossing.

I made it to the boarder crossing just about 6PM as the sun was setting. Once you make it through all the traffic, you find that you are the only one driving across the boarder. Then you find out that you have to go back down the road a couple hundred yards to find the un-marked Coasta Rica side to get your exit stamp and pay your exit tax.

You pay the $7.00 tax online by handing $8.00 to the kids with the I-Pads, they enter your information and pay the tax for you, and it only cost a buck. Then you can get your exit stamp, and head back down to the boarder crossing.

First I needed to get is insurance for my truck at a cost of about $13.00. The insurance stand is just around the corner. If the booth is empty, just check the bar or restaurant next door.

Then upstairs for someone to put a stamp on the insurance paperwork, and then back down stairs to get the Visa for my-self and the truck.

Then I had the truck inspected by customs and a quick drive through the fumigation station. After only an hour and 15 minutes, I was on my way into Panama.

A couple of busloads of folks showed up while I was going through the process, but the boarder was still a piece of cake. Most all the folks I had to deal with were very friendly and helpful. This was the second best boarder crossing of my trip.

Hanging out at a hotel in the David District of Panama tonight, and only another 5 or 6 hour drive tomorrow down to Panama City.


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A shot for all my Mormon Brothers and Sisters of the San Jose Temple just down the street from the Marriott.

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Well it only took me 4 and a half days to make the drive from Guatemala to Panama. The old Blazer did good the whole way down without a glitch, just a little dirty from the road grime and rain showers encountered along the way. I finally got to Panama Pacifico yesterday afternoon.

There is about a 100 Click stretch of the pan-american highway south of the David District that was the absolutely worst road that I have seen the entire trip. Fortunately, they are in the process of building a new stretch of road along side it.


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tommy. lots of cool pics and thanks for the updates!

watched an episode of naked and afraid last night and they were on a beach somewhere near panama. the girl was getting ate up by mosquitoes.

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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 years 2 weeks ago #15107

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After watching the weather up in the good ol US of A today I just had to post this picture I took a couple of days ago of the typical afternoon weather over Panama City with an average afternoon temperature of about 90F. Taken from Flamenco Island.


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Life as a modern day Privateer is busy but good down this way. Time is running out for our stay here in Panama, so I'm trying to get as much research and treasure hunting in as possible before we pack up our metal detector and dive gear and head back up the road for our next big adventure. Signed a new "Letter of Marque" today, so it won't be long now!
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Happy Birthday Tommy! Go find your Birthday Present today!
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Thanks John, it's hard to believe that I hit the big 57 today.
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B) :woohoo: I can't think of a better way to spend a birthday except with the wife but if you have to be away, treasure hunting is awesome. Happy Birthday my Friend. May you have so many more that you lose count and may your health be the envy of teenagers. :woohoo:
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Thanks Russ, It's hard to believe that I hit the big 57 today. I only have a couple months left down here in Panama so I'm trying to fit allot on my plate in a very short time. I'm tracking an old submarine wreck that I definatly want to check out, hopefully late next week.
I just check out the Excal, and it's dead, so I put her on the charger for tomorrow.
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happy b-day tommy!!!

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Thank you Chuck!
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Hello wreckdiver I wish you all the best for your birthday and a few treasures to come.

Good luck with your explorations and treasure hunting.

Kanacki
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Gracias Kanacki, it was a good one! Survived yet another year.
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A VERY MERRY B-DAY ? WITH A HAPPY HANG OVER ? :sick:
IN ORDER TO SUCCEED ACT AS IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL !!
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jajaja Gracis scubasmitty! It was a good day, but no hangover for this Treasure Hunter. I gave those up years ago B)
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It comes a time Drinking for most when you get to a certain age in life. Your just over the hassles of hangover.

When your younger the body recovers better and the older you get the longer it takes to recover.. I enjoy a drink but nowhere near like in my youth..one or two for pleasure not for head aches..

Anyway 57 is a fine age like a 57 Chevy, a classic. its to be savored not thrashed.

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Well said my friend!
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WELL GOOD DEAL,,,,MORE FOR ME!

YA'LL JUST STAND BACK AND WATCH, ME,,,,I PRACTICE THE AUSTRALIAN LIP CRAWL,

:woohoo: :silly: :blink: :blink: :sick:
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Wreckdiver I notice the metal detector it looks like an Excalibur. II ?

I have the Excalibur II It worked well in harsh environment of the pacific in very corrosive salt environment where other detectors failed. Just which you had interchangeable coils. That said excellent detector.

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That detector is the older Excalibur 1000, and she is about 16 years old now. Of course the last 5 years I have had her down here in Central America and the western Caribbean, but the other 11 or so years were on the Space and Treasure Coast of Florida. I treat my detector like my dive gear. You take care of your gear, and it will take care of you.

I keep threatening to visit Kellyco on my next trip to the states and pick up a CTX-3030 for use on dry land and in the Jungles, since the Excal is just so damned heavy out of the water.
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Hello wreckdiver yeah it is heavy beast after about half an hour or so you start to feel it. The extra long lead always seem to tangle and catch on brushes and things. But top marks for being robust. Good around general person water and land combination detector but lacks a little depth that can be achieved with other detectors on dry land.

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