Monthly Archives: July 2014

Visiting Panama

We’ve said good-bye to our crew, Martina and Dimitri. We enjoyed the experience of having crew on board. We learned a lot. I believe the experience was good for all of us.  Even with the weather delay in Providencia.   They got to sail an ocean as part of their travels and we got to experience crew on board. They’re now off to see more of Panama before heading back to Switzerland.  And maybe our paths will cross again.

With Stray Catz tied up to the dock, we too took a short 4 day trip inland to Boquete, Panama. It was a nice change from Bocas Del Toro as far as temperature goes. Down right cool in the evenings. (mid 60’s) While there we went on a hike on whats called the Waterfall Trail. We were told we might see a rare bird called a Quetzal who nest in the woods around there. It’s about a 3.5 mile hike round trip through some beautiful country, and though we did see many birds, we did not see the elusive Quetzal.

This is the waterfall at the end of the trail.

This is the waterfall at the end of the trail.

Some of the flora we saw on the hike.

Some of the flora we saw on the hike.

We also took a white water rafting trip and a zip line tour. It was sort of our vacation,  since when we get back to the boat, there will be plenty of work to do.

There were many different colored mushrooms.

There were many different colored mushrooms.

Just before we got in the water on our little rafting trip in northern Panama

Just before we got in the water on our little rafting trip in northern Panama

Anna gets her diploma for not falling from the zip line.

Anna gets her diploma for not falling from the zip line.

 

 

 

 

Family photo from the tree tops. Back in Bocas now and getting lots of projects done. We will be leaving the marina on Friday and it will be back “on the hook”. That’s a boaters term for being at anchor. We usually like anchoring better because of a nicer breeze and less bugs. I say usually because there is the chance of the anchor dragging in a hard blow and less (no) security. We are looking forward to visiting many of the anchorages in this area, doing some diving and snorkeling, and get Kylan out surfing again. All this while knocking boat projects off our long list.

 

More Providencia

Kylan also got motor cylcle riding lessons. On the beach!

Kylan also got motor cycle riding lessons.
On the beach!

Providencia Air Traffic Controller, Garge. (Probably not spelled right)  Kind enough to give us a tour of the control tower.

Providencia Air Traffic Controller, Garge. (Probably not spelled right) Kind enough to give us a tour of the control tower.

He let me clear one more plane to land. Actually the airport was closed by the time we got there. I didn't know that though till I pointed out there people on the runway. Locals know the airport closes at 6.

He let me clear one more plane to land.
Actually the airport was closed by the time we got there. I didn’t know that till I pointed out people on the runway. Locals know the airport closes at 6.

Part of the Miss Providencia contest.

Part of the Miss Providencia contest.

A shot of the gang and our rides. Stopping for a cool beverage on our long journey around the island.

A shot of the gang and our rides. Stopping for a cool beverage on our long journey around the island.

Some got more worn out than others.

Some got more worn out than others.

Some had too much energy.

Some had too much energy.

Local marine biologists and our new friends, Cassy and David, after one of their outings to help erradicate the Lion Fish.  On this day they caught 47, of which they shared many of them with us. Lion Fish are delicious.

Local marine biologists and our new friends, Cassy and David, after one of their outings to help eradicate the Lion Fish.
On this day they caught 47, of which they shared many with us.
Lion Fish are delicious.

A local sculpture lying in a local artesian's yard.

A local sculpture lying in a local artesian’s yard.

The reigning Miss Providencia at Carnival.

The reigning Miss Providencia at Carnival.

Miss Providencia contestants whooping it up at Carnival.

Miss Providencia contestants whooping it up at Carnival.

The streets fill up for this 4 day celebration of Carnival.

The streets fill up for this 4 day celebration of Carnival.

The whole family out to support the team.

The whole family out to support the team.

Enjoying watching some world cup action with the Colombians.

Enjoying watching some world cup action with the Colombians.

Anna and I found this secluded beach. Lots of sea glass and privacy.

Anna and I found this secluded beach. Lots of sea glass and privacy.

On the trail up to El Pico.
On the trail up to El Pico.
When in Columbia, travel like the Columbians.

When in Columbia, travel like the Colombians.

Loading up the mini van.

Loading up the mini van.

Kylan enjoying his motor cycle riding lessons.

Kylan enjoying his motor cycle riding lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kylan getting his driving lessons on a mule.

Kylan getting his driving lessons on a mule.

Sculpture at the Catholic School.

Sculpture at the Catholic School.

I got rather caught up in the art work.

I got rather caught up in the art work.

My girlfriend on Providencia.

My girlfriend on Providencia.

We got held up in a traffic jam.

We got held up in a traffic jam.

This pond gets its color from the roots of the red mangroves that surround it. Because of the shortage of rainfall, the surrounding trees leak back into the pond and cause the water to change colors.

This pond gets its color from the roots of the red mangroves that surround it. Because of the shortage of rainfall, the surrounding trees leak back into the pond and cause the water to change colors.

Kylan caught a huge snake on the hike up the mountain.

Kylan caught a huge snake on the hike up the mountain.

One of the many blue lizards.

One of the many blue lizards.

Kylan was the first to the top of the mountain.

Kylan was the first to the top of the mountain.

Most of the rest of the group at the top.

Most of the rest of the group at the top.

Part of the gorgeous view from the top.

Part of the gorgeous view from the top.

Some of he flora along the hike.

Some of he flora along the hike.

Stray Catz at anchor.

Stray Catz at anchor.