Island Girl.


The tropical-like temps are lingering longer than I’d like, and, with the sun beating down and a “real feel” of 90 degrees as early as 6:00 a.m., Southeast Michigan feels more like an exotic island locale.

Yup, that’s a wicked hot sun, Mun.

All that is missing are the palm trees, a sandy beach and a gentle island breeze.

I scurried out the door this morning, intending to have a full walk, but halfway through, I was already feeling the effects of the steamy and sultry day, so I cut my walk short and hurried home to the air-conditioned house and a tall glass of ice-cold chocolate milk.

Yesterday, I threw in the towel, forsaking the Boulevard for the grocery store aisles. The car needed a run, and I figured that rather than driving around aimlessly, then walking in the heat, I might as well take the car to Meijer and walk laps there.

On this Throwback Thursday, with weather with an island-like feel, I’m sharing a photo of me in the San Blas Islands of Panama, circa October 1982. This locale was one of the ports of call during a two-week Panama Canal cruise on Sitmar Lines’ “S.S. Fairsea”.  It was a hot and steamy day, much like today, when we visited one of the islands that are just east of Panama.  The ship’s photographer took this picture of me near the main village.  You see the house on stilts in the background, but most of the Kuna Indians live in villages in grass huts.  We arrived on the island early in the morning, which was a good thing, as by 10:00 a.m. the intense heat and humidity had my makeup melted right off my face.  I sure wished I could trade those jeans and top I was wearing for “molas”, the colorful island garb consisting of a blouse and skirt, both created and worn by the Kuna Indian women that inhabit that island.  In an album, currently buried at the bottom of my closet, I have photos of their colorful clothing, headwear and jewelry, but, if you’re interested to get a flavor of the San Blas Islands, just Google “Images of Kuna Indians Mola”.

“Less is more” might be the best way to dress during this weather. Today, this Island Girl came home drenched in sweat just wearing lightweight capris and a short-sleeved seersucker top.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Island Girl.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I had to go to the post office today. That also was a fast trip. The air condition in my car is giving up. Next week should be reasonable weather. I love the pic. You did travel. …


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Don’t blame you – thinking I may bow out tomorrow though Marge – it will be worse than today. I don’t know if you can wait ’til next Summer to get the A/C fixed … supposed to be hot like this til October! I did travel back in the day – this was a unique place. I have some pics I took myself … I have to dig ’em out.


  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………….I just love your so young and sweet picture!……………………..I agree…………this seems to have been the most humid day……………I too left early but was so drenched in humidity this morning that I too cut my long walk shorter……………………..just to get in the house and cool down……………and I love the heat………………………….tomorrow I’m getting up earlier to beat the heat…………………………..I’m going to look up the google link you talked about


    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you Ann Marie – I was 26 years old – went by myself … usually I went with a tour group, but since the tours were ports of call, went by myself. We had several ports of call on that cruise and my favorite spot was here and also going through the Panama Canal … it was hot like it is here yesterday and today on both of those days (transit through the Panama Canal takes a full day … well eight hours) … it is a 51 mile trip from start to finish. If you go to this link, you can read about the Kuna Indians and their dress as well:


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