Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Miraflores Locks Museum

Current location:  Panama City, Panama

Miraflores Locks
By J.P. Doolittle

Our adventure all started when Serendipity invited me and Mickey to the Miraflores Locks Museum.  We were informed that Sundancer (our friends on another boat) and Annie’s cousin would be coming too. A day later, me and Mickey packed.  Dad gave each of us $15. We met up (I can’t remember where) and took a taxi to the locks.  When we arrived, Ann paid for the tickets to the museum and we went to the locks.
The thing was; Sundancer wasn’t there.  We waited for another while, but then the rest of the group came in without Sundancer.  Once we met up and got through the crowd, we went to see boats transit the locks.

The boats were huge! It was amazing how they got through the locks.  I was surprised how long it took.  Once we watched two more go through, Ann bought us hot dogs. 
After that we went to the history section. We saw a model of the first boat to go through the Canal in 1914, the Ancon.  Once we left the history section, we went to the souvenir shop.  I looked around and decided to not by anything.  And then we left, and that was my Miraflores Locks experience.
Here is the website that has live webcams at the Panama Canal.  You can watch us when we go through the Canal on our boat (in a couple of weeks).

Here is the website for the visitor center at the Miraflores Locks.