By Allison Betts
While many trips are dreamed of for years and planned out to the T, this trip was of a different breed. I received a text from a dear friend one rainy afternoon asking what the chances were that I would want to go "somewhere sunny with her". As it turns out, the chances were good. She picked the right day to ask (I had received a speeding ticket that morning and took it as a giant metaphor that I needed to slow down and smell the roses of life). I wondered what she had in mind? A drive to New Mexico, or maybe Moab. I hadn't been to either, but I was up for the adventure. Little did I know, but was soon to find out, this girl was thinking Panama. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was packing my bag to head to what would become one of my favorite places in Central America.