When we first bought our property the brush and plants on the ‘road’ were taller than our car. There really was not much of a ‘road’ to speak of, just kind of a general ‘direction’ that we knew we were headed to get there. I remember feeling a bit nervous, (well a ‘bit’ is an understatement) about the lack of infrastructure for this lot we decided to buy. Our neighbors Alan and Kat, who had built their home a few years before, had installed a beautiful road that went as far as their house. You see, our property is accessed through a public easement and we are at the very end of that easement. So after A & K’s house we were in the wild as we made our way to our property, our future home. Along this way to our place we could see that there is a coffee finca on our left hand side ,where we would often see workers caring for the plants as we drove on up past them. We learned from Alan that the owner of that finca is a Panamanian man named Senior Aldo. I believe he lives in Panama City and works at the canal as a boat captain. He has been here to visit a couple of times and we have gotten to meet him , he’s a very nice man.
We had planned to install the continuation of the road from where A & K stopped,up to our property, but not until we got further along on our construction project. Here’s where the great part of this story starts…A few weeks ago a big tractor and a large crew of workers arrived and began clearing and leveling the path up the hill from the end of the existing road! We were so surprised to see this work starting. It turns out that Senior Aldo decided to do some improvements on his finca and wanted to install the road up to his property. His plan was to begin the road up the hill a bit, not at the end of the existing road that A & K had already done…this was not a good thing in our minds. So we decided to pay for that portion so that it would all be done at the same time and done to match up with the work they were doing. It just made sense to us.
We are, of course, thrilled that Senior Aldo has taken care of this large portion of the road. And although the new road will not go quite to the beginning of our property, it’s not too much further for us to finish when Scott has the time. I’m a little sad that they had to take out so much of the shrubbery and now it looks a little barren. But, that can be easily fixed with a bit of planting. It was so lush and green before, I just loved how wild it felt. I’m sure , in time , more greenery will pop up and we will get that feeling back, and in the meantime, no more need for such 4 wheelin’!
the before photos