Rain, rain, Rain. What’s a Panamanian to do when the ground is so wet that a backhoe would sink to its axles?
It is time to remove all the tree stumps from the lot. The obvious way for a Gringo to do this is to hire a backhoe for a day at $35 per hour. But the ground is supersaturated. A backhoe would enter there and disappear forever, maybe just a little speck of yellow sticking up out of the mud.
But all is not lost. Two or three men with shovels, pickaxes, pry bars, axes, rope, and machetes can do all the work of a backhoe. Heck, they could do it with the machetes alone! It will take three or four days, but they will get it done. It will cost me less than the backhoe, and the men will get a few days’ pay. Now on day two, they are about half done. In the photos below, Armando and Abdiel slog away, digging and hacking at the stumps, one by one.
That’s all for now.