I’m getting ready to fly out of O’Hare airport in Chicago toward our first stop, Panama City. I won’t be able to spend too much time in Panama City because I will only have an hour to get off of my first plane and get onto my second and final plane to Brazil. Here is what my boarding pass (the ticket I show to get on the plane) looks like for my final flight from Panama City, Panama to Manaus, Brazil:
As you all may know, Panama City is the capital of the long slender country of Panama. I’m sure you have heard of Panama before because of the Panama Canal, a man-made waterway that creates a shortcut from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean without having to go Aaaallllll the way around South America. Since there is no straight flight from Chicago to Brazil I am taking a plane to Panama City in Central America and then from Panama City to Manaus, Brazil in South America. Here is a map of North and South America so that you can better understand just how far I have to go. Try and find Chicago, Panama, and Manaus, Brazil.
Similar to Costa Rica to its North, Panama has a variety of ecosystems including Rainforest. While I was visiting Costa Rica’s Rainforests last winter, I saw everything from sloths, to poisonous snakes (pit vipers), to monkeys hanging in the trees. Because Costa Rica and Panama are in the southern hemisphere, our winter in the U.S.A. is their summertime. In general, because Costa Rica and Panama are closer to the equator (the center-line of the earth) than the U.S. is, they have a tendency to be hotter and the weather is less variant (doesn’t go all up and down like crazy). This is because the equator of the Earth is closer to the sun. So the further away that a country is from the equator, the colder it gets. This is why the North and South Pole are sooooo cold, because they are as far away from the equator, and thus the sun, as possible. Enough with the geography lesson though, lets skip to the cute animal pictures. I would like for you children/young adults/tweens #teenagegirlsdontliketobecalledchildren #idc, to research what a sloth looks like if you don’t already know. If you do already know what a sloth looks like, then this is an excuse to look at cute pictures of sloths on google without people judging you. Be able to identify the sloth as this will be included on the final jungle animal test. I would also like for you to post a comment with any questions you have about this post. Relevant questions would include questions on rainforests, airports, flying, travel, Panama, Costa Rica, geography, native flora and fauna (plants and animals) of Panama, etc. I look forward to hearing from you and God Bless!
Mr. Tom #1