Google+ and Panama Rocks

Panama Rocks is a wonderful private park in Panama NY. My wife and I were driving back from a wedding in Warren, PA with our three children bouncing around the back of the car. We desperately needed some place to stop. We had no GPS, maps, were slightly lost and only intermittent cell phone service. I had tried to get directions to anywhere on my phone but had little success.

In a frustrated flail, I accidentally logged into Google Plus and before I could close it, I saw a message under “Nearby”. It read – “Panama Rocks! The kids will love it!” Soon I had directions but no description, so we had no idea what to expect.

We pulled in and found a beautiful house and barn, some trails and a small parking lot. The kids (and Jen) were pleading with me “What is this place? Why are we here?” I answered honestly “All I know is ‘the kids will love it’.”

In a small office shed, a man took our admission: $7 per adult and $5 per child. Jen wanted to know what we were paying for, then she wanted to know why they needed to go through her purse. Fact: there are places in this park where no people can get to safely; anything dropped or worse thrown down there is there forever. So, the owner makes sure no one is taking anything into the park that qualifies as “disposable”. You need to have a reusable water bottle. So having passed inspection, we were allowed to enter the park.

You know what? The kids loved it. Click here for the gallery.

Next spring, you can grab a brass lantern, a water bottle and the kids and check out Panama Rocks.

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