So it was with my normal level of enthusiasm that I agreed to go to the Panama Canal. My one condition- we go on a Sunday postchurch so we are well dressed. Nothing worse than doing tourist activities looking like a tourist. **shudder** So, Sunday, also known as How-Far-Can-Lisa-Step-Out-Of-Her-Comfort-Zone Day, we all went to the Canal.
We had decided that we would have lunch at the restaurant there because church ended at 12 noon. With all the traffic, we concluded that the time saved by not going to a seperate restaurant would be worth the increased cost of the Canal buffet. So, we get into the facility and are immediately escorted into the theatre because the English-version of the movie is starting. Carson immediately bursts into tears convinced that starvation will take him before the movie ends. After assurances that he has enough fat supply to last an additional 10 minutes, we settle in to watch the film. Since photography wasn't allowed in the movie, I'll summarize the plot. French tried to build canal. It didn't work. American government decided to do it on the back of people from Barbados. Mean Americans wouldn't give canal back to (cue deep voice and thundery music) the Republic of Panama. Eventually, nice Americans agree to give it back. (cue picture of Jimmy Carter) End of movie. (Cue Carson fighting hunger pains.)
One of the cargo ships. It is amazing how packed those containers are on the boat!
The lock with the water being held back to move the ships up and down.
The "big" girls in the museum.
The guys out by the Canal.