Day 9 of Boots N All’s 30 Days Of Indie Travel. Topic – One Day

Travel helps us better appreciate the present moment instead of always looking to the next thing. Describe one perfect day you had while traveling this year. Where were you? What were you doing? And what made it perfect?

It started off as our normal day in Boquete, Panama. The small group of us would gradually wake up, one laying in bed checking Facebook, one making coffee and some lounging in the hammocks out back. Slowly we’d put together a plan for what to do that day. We had no real itinerary for our short time in Boquete and tended to wander around town to see what fun activity was available for that day. This particular time nothing that we wanted to do was either available or had already left with a group of early risers.

Not too far from the hostel was a place that offered scooter rentals. I have a scooter at home and love riding it everywhere, this was the one thing I wanted to do while in Boquete. Our friends Clark & Laura had never driven a scooter much if at all so what better place to break them in than in an area with a lot of hills and winding roads! After a quick introduction on how the scooters worked and being given a map of the recommended (and NOT recommended for beginners) routes around the various areas, we set out…….immediately going down a one way street. Once we got over that hurdle and gained our bearings the exploration started in earnest.

It was a good day for a ride and we carved up and down the hills, stomping on the semi working breaks and taking in the beauty of the countryside. Taking in the flowers, the smells and the feel of the wind on your face. Taking in the half washed out road and then taking in the fact that our beginner crew was on the advanced route. Oops! It was hard to concentrate on navigating the turns and braking down the hills while trying to see everything. The air got chillier the higher up the mountain roads we went and a light rain began to fall on the way down. When we got to the bottom of the hill, down towards town the sun had come out and a gentle humidity warmed us up.

To me that day was perfect, we were in control of our own destiny. No guides, no itinerary, being able to pull on to any side road we wanted and explore. The cold air of the heights gave way to the warmth of the valley. A stop to wander through Mi Jardin Es Su Jardin (a public garden) followed by a cup of the best coffee I’ve ever had while sitting on a patio with a great view at the end of our ride was a better finale than I could have asked for.  There’s a definite thrill to having the wind rush past you, feel the road fold into you as the bike takes a quick turn and this sense of freedom of being able to go wherever you please at any moment.

Here are a few pictures from that day:

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