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Abeja's Flying the Plane!

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Kevin, are you happy to be stuffed in with the cargo?
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I admit it, we cheated - just a little. A small plane let us hop a ride to Puerto Obaldia. I sat in the cockpit as copilot, and Kevin rode in back with the boxes of cargo and our backpacks. This 40 minute trip, which was only 83 miles by air, cut out one week's travel time, getting us to South America that much sooner. Will you forgive us? We didn't even get a movie or a little bag of peanuts!

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Wait!  Look at how beautiful that is! I want to go back!
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I have to say, though, it was pretty darn cool. We flew over jungles, tropical islands, coco-palms, and sandy beaches. We also flew over two deserted villages, where apparently everyone living there had died of sickness.

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Would you trust Abeja to fly the plane?
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The cockpit is the most fun with all sorts of gadgets and even two steering wheels. The pilot actually let me fly the plane for a while! Of course, the ride got a little more bumpy. And, if anyone wants to be a pilot, trust me, it's easy. This is how. By turning the wheel right and left, the plane tilts one way or another. Pushing the wheel tilts it up, and pulling it tilts it down. See, now all of you can fly a plane! (Don't try this at home without asking your parents first!)

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Yes, this is the runway
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Finally, we were at Puerto Obaldia, a tiny port with a few boats and a landing strip. Despite my amazing skill, I let him do the landing. Little planes sure do have bumpy, scary landings!

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Kevin and Abeja travel from Colon to Porvenir and then through the San Blas islands, stopping at a few dozen islands as they make their way to Puerto Obaldia.
Hurray! We're so close to Columbia now! Sometimes, it's good to bend the rules! (Don't tell your teachers I said that.)

Abeja

Team - Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Abeja - Bermuda, Bahamas, Come on Pretty Mama...Down to Porvenir

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