Panama Day One

Panama Day One

Having the right guide makes all the difference. Lewis and Clark had Sacagawea, Ponce deLeon had natives of the area or at least from Cuba to help show him the way to Florida. On my trip to Panama I also had a great guide, Cesar, pronounced (Say sir).

I flew into Panama city on a low tide, looking down on the frigate birds as we made the final approach my thoughts were of Totch Brown and how he had landed in this spot a time or two, also of my 8th grade social studies book studying the isthmus of Panama.
My destination- 3 hours from Panama city. The trip was long but enjoyable. I studied the leaf patterns of the trees, making myself familiar with the different plants. My mind went back to the Amazon and the different patterns of leaves observed 10 years previous. The trees in Panama are some of the biggest I have ever seen. Unbelievably amazing , I never tire of looking at flora.
Cesar drove to our destination in the dark, dodging potholes in the road with plants growing out of them.
The morning brought a loud surf to my ears. I sprang out of bed and observed hummingbirds of all colors, green parrots, a kingbird, orchids and bromeliads on my quick walk to the beach just 40 feet from the house. The beach was filled with rocks, driftwood of magnitude proportions, and yes, sea shells.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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