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A Memory of Panama City

Facebook reminded Darling that two years ago we were in Panama City, Panama.

Yo will find a description of the trip under "disaster" in the dictionary. Really, I planned the worst trip ever.


The best part was this picture of a Yellow-headed CaraCara that Darling took on our first morning there.

I'll cover more of that trip. There are too many travel tips not to do so.

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