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We Samarenos gathered on the beach Sat. afternoon to say goodbye to our good friend Joe Potrebenko, who was killed last week in his home in Panama.

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We wrote our messages of love and grief for Joe on paper boats.  We sent our courage and strength to his wife, Betsy, and her mother Lorraine.

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Paco carried our boats by kayak to release them beyond the surf.

memorial on samara beach

After living in Samara for half a decade, Joe and Betsy had moved to Panama 6 years ago, but their contributions to our community survive and they remain in our hearts.  A moment of “Sonidos del Silencio” – Sounds of Silence was the name of their home here – was observed.

goodbye joe potrebenko

Many part-time Samarenos, who spend their summers up north, expressed regrets at not being here.  I’m sure they are finding their own ways to say goodbye to Joe.  We are fortunate to have community here on the beach.

traffic safety

Finally, the half speed bump just southeast of Samara has been removed.  Many in the community wanted a speed bump near this intersection but half a speed bump is more dangerous than no speed bump.  Finally, after nearly 2 years, we have a resolution.


Two more noggins protected.  We gave helmets to these young motorcyclists when we saw them outside the grocery store this morning.  We buy used helmets for a couple bucks at Goodwill and bring them in our luggage.  They take up little room and almost no weight.   Leave no child unlidded!

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I live in one of the prettiest landscapes imaginable, with thick deciduous forests.

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Volcanic mountains that reach right down to the sea.

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Crystal blue waves crashing on rock formations.

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Secret beaches waiting to be discovered.

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Sea turtles in the bays.  .

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Schools of fish off shore from light sand beaches

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I got to see all of this from the air in a safe little two passenger machine. I felt only the thrill of flying, just like in my dreams, and none of the fear of heights I share with my siblings.

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The wind in my hair – yes, there was a helmet – as we banked in a full circle around my house.

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We followed the serpentine Rio Buenavista in search of those pesky Crocs and were rewarded with a sighting.

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Ultralight Tours and Joergue Mueller, just outside Samara, will take you on a gyrocopter ride you won’t forget.

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My trip was a generous gift from my cousin and his wife, but you can get your own for $230-330 /hour, depending on how split it up with friends and family.  Joergue can also teach you to fly or sell you a gyrocopter of your own.



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