Yes there is a Twenty Nine Palms in California … high desert, subtropical, honestly IMHO a pretty drab and nondescript place … sorry ’bout that, but … Anyway, palm trees to me have always represented relaxation, beauty, and vacation. You know, Kokomo, Margaritaville, etc., etc.
So, being in love with palm trees I’ve planted a lot of them on our Paraíso Tranquilo little mountain coffee farm and finca ouside of Boquete, Panama.
So the other day, wondering if we had 29 palms, I decided to count them. Welcome to Forty Nine Palms!! About 7 different varieties, integrated into our coffee, banana, orange, and tropical fruit trees, making this really Paradise. And when you throw in a rainbow … Paradise!
This is the view I have every morning out of the window in front of my desk …
My heart goes out to all those folks in Texas who are without power, in flooded areas, and some who have lost everything. Now, a double whammy! No to take away from the two great Panama Canal videos I posted this morning, but there are now over 5 million people who are being devastated across the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma. These are wonderful “Islands in the sun” that I have enjoyed visiting over the years. Before it’s done Irma will likely hit Cuba as well, where I’m headed in a few months. And depending … it may veer North and add more devastation to the South Eastern US.
One of my big concerns in picking Panama as a place to live was that it is outside the hurricane belt. I understand that no place is perfect. Yes, I live on the slopes of a volcano that may, or may not, show some life over the next 5,000 years, but being Panama that may mean the next 10,000 years, 20,000 years, or never. “Manana!” Not today. Possibly sometime in the future, maybe never. Just like the guy who has promised to come and fix something around your house! Being on the “Ring of Fire” we get tremors as the earth stretches and tectonic plates shift. We get lots … lots! … of tremors, most of which you can’t even feel. But for me, theologically that’s a good thing. It means that God is still creating and isn’t yet finished with the earth. Thank you Jssus! And if he’s not finished with the earth, he’s maybe not finished with me … so there is hope.
So … nothing perfect, but PANAMA IS OUTSIDE THE HURRICANE BELT. We may catch the outer fringe of a tropical depression giving us more rain at times than normal, but no hurricanes!
Here it is … the historic tracking the world’s brutal storm systems. And you see that little squiggle of land between the North and South American continents? That sliver surrounded by blue? That’s Panama!