Panama Canal Transit

We’re anchored in a rolley little spot in Colon waiting for our canal transit date. We had hoped to take a little trip up the Rio Chagres just west of here to see the abundant jungle wildlife we’ve been told about. But alas the seas are rough, and I’m not brave enough to try a river crossing I’m unfamiliar with. Especially in big seas. So we sit here waiting and watching the Colon wildlife. Ship after ship after ship. There were 29 big ships at anchor outside the breakwater when we came through. I couldn’t count all the ships at anchor, docked and traveling to and from the canal inside the breakwater, but I’m sure there were at least another 30.

We’re currently scheduled to transit the canal on 2/1/15. I requested Feb 1st thinking it was a Sunday and most people would be off work. That way if anybody wanted to, they could look for us going through the canal on one of the live web cams. (www.pancanal.com/eng/index.html click on the link for multimedia and choose one of the live cameras)  All fine and dandy except for a couple of snags. First, it’s a two-day transit. So we don’t enter the first locks till sometime in the evening on 2/1. We pass through it and anchor for the night and do the rest of the transit on Monday. A day most people are at work. Second and more importantly, Feb 1 is Superbowl Sunday. Now not only am I not going to be able to watch the Seahawks kick the Patriots butt, but we’ll most likely be transiting during game time.

Aarrgh! I messed that one up.

We don’t find out the actual time that we pick up our Canal adviser until Saturday, so we don’t know the actual time of transit until then. I will post something (I hope, provided we have data or internet) when we find out so if anybody is interested they can check us out.

If you happen to be watching for us and you see us, it would be really cool if you can somehow take a screen shot or two to pass along to us.

 

p.s. I haven’t forgotten to post more on the adventures from the San Blas, but we haven’t had good enough internet to post a bunch of pictures.

5 responses to “Panama Canal Transit

  1. Brian, Excellent and good luck with the transit! Last year we watched the Super Bowl with you in Placencia..wow, that was a year ago! Good luck with your continued adventure! Dale from s/v MokaKat

  2. Safe journey and hope you have fun too!

  3. Thats awesome Brian. Let us know as much as you can and I’ll try to get a screen shot. Safe travels and smooth seas!

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