El Valle, Panama | Travel Photography

The day after Christian and Chelsea’s wedding the whole group headed to El Valle for a hike in the jungle, ziplining and lunch at a fabulous restaurant, La Casa De Lourdes.

Seeing the photograph of the ceviche has made me totally disappointed with whatever I will end up having for dinner tonight. Ohhhh ceviche….ohhhh sangria…how I miss you both.

Panama Canal | Travel Photography

When my brother (a contractor in the Treasure Valley) found out I was going to visit the Panama Canal he said I had to take some photos for him.

Well Nathan…unfortunately a couple things were working against me getting a stellar shot of the canal.

1. The upper observation deck (with the best views) was closed for construction. Not only did this mean that I couldn’t get a good birds’ eye view of the canals, but it also meant that the lower deck was quite crowded.

2. Earlier in the week a ship had bumped one of the gates within the locks and it wasn’t functioning properly so they had to close down one of the two channels so there was less action going on. In one of the photos you’ll see a giant red and white crane that they brought in to work on the repairs.

However, here are some photos of our excursion to the Miraflores locks, which is one of three sets of locks that make up the Panama Canal (this one is on the Pacific side). And by, “our” excursion I am talking about the “Christian –& –Chelsea –destination-wedding-entourage”. (If you missed our visit to the orphanage you can check it out here.)

Be sure to enjoy the top notch vacation attire shots. Oh! And take note of how the men aboard the ship passing through the canal are taking photos and waving to all the people on the observation deck who are also waving and taking pictures of the boats. Hilarious!

SOS Orphanage in Panama | Travel Photography

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Panama to help my friends, Christian and Chelsea, celebrate their wedding on the beach.

Also, I took the photos, I drank a pina colada (seriously, just one the whole trip!), I ate ceviche every chance I got, I was nervous about seeing snakes (didn’t see ANY!), I hiked up a jungle to zip-line, I watched a ship pass through the Panama Canal. You know, the usual Panama adventures.

Of all the things we did for the wedding week in Panama, the photos in this post are from one of the highlights.

Let me explain…

Christian and Chelsea are going to be a tough bride and groom act to follow on the generosity meter. They ditched the conventional wedding registry and elected to do something much more meaningful.

The groom’s parents retired in Panama 5 years ago and have been sponsoring a house (about 10 children) at an SOS Orphanage. After visiting the orphanage around Christmas, they decided that in place of wedding gifts they would ask their guests to donate to money to the house in hopes of making much needed repairs to the kitchen and bathroom.

As for the 30 or so friends and family members who attended the destination wedding, they arranged a trip to the orphanage so everyone could deliver gifts, food and necessities straight to the children. Not only did the children get much needed supplies and toys, but WE all got the opportunity to look outside of our lives.

To include the kids from the other houses at the orphanage Christian and Chelsea had the foresight to bring a couple of pinatas for the ALL the kids to take a crack at. Talk about a couple with a good hearts…

I think Chelsea pretty much summed it up as we were loading into the bus to leave when she said, “Wasn’t that way better than a toaster?!”