Even before I nearly won the geography bee in the third grade (I knew that Lake Titicaca was the world’s highest navigable lake, but not that the capital of Cuba was Havana), my mind was always oriented around geography. While some people catalog their own memories by recall terms as “happy moments” or “high-school years,” I am able to remember the exact intersection at which I last listened to a particular Red Hot Chili Peppers song, or to pinpoint the exact tree where I last saw a particular species of beetle.
Because of this affinity for geography, spending a year in the jungle-clogged bottleneck of the Americas, the historic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific, has been a constant source of entertainment for me. In January I did something I have wanted to do all of my life and crossed the Panama Canal as an Oceanic Society Expedition guide. I created the below timelapse video of the crossing. Best viewed in 1080p.