The Chiriqui region of Panama, where Isla Palenque is located, has long been known for its regional pride and prolific cattle production. Some call it the Texas of Panama, and while I haven’t yet heard Spanish spoken with a Texas twang, there are plenty of true cowboys roping and riding in the area.
Even the traffic jams in Chiriqui tend to be of the bovine sort. The other day I found myself in a standstill behind a 600-pound dairy cow. I sat in my car and waited patiently for her to finish her stalk of grass before shuffling slowly to the side of the road. I realized that there are some good life lessons to be learned from the cowboy way of life, the first one, of course, being patience.
After apologizing to Bessy for interrupting her busy schedule of chewing and swallowing, I thought about what a cool experience it would be to spend a day in the life of a ranch hand, caring for animals and enjoying the outdoors.
It takes a pretty tough person and plenty of stamina to keep up with the herd, so I think I’ll leave the cattle roping to the experts. In the meantime I’m going to practice my lasso-tying and enjoy my front row seat at the real-life rodeo during my visits to Isla Palenque.
Check out this photo of some real Chiriqui cowboys caring for their herd. Yee haw!