26 January 2011 | Red Frog Marina, Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Honoree/ Finally Dry season
Sending you some warm weather and beautiful flowers from the southern hemisphere where it is summer. Actually Panama has only two seasons, wet and dry. Arrived at the end of rainy season where the mildew was growing all over the boat- inside and out. Now that we have managed to clean it up and unpack all our luggage plus fix all that was broken, we can begin to play and enjoy the season of transitioning from wet to dry.
In our quest to repair a fuel injector pump, we took a trip to a major city where a shop was located that could take the pump apart and diagnos the problem. It would be a three day journey there and back by way of boat and bus. The Panama bus system uses old school buses packed to capacity for shorter distances and new luxury buses also packed to capacity for longer journeys. So a good seat is essential, by a window and near the back. Otherwise a baby or toddler could be on your lap for most of the trip.
After dropping off the pump to an immaculate shop we left with confidence that our pump was in good hands. We took a side trip to Boquete, a small mountain town that was hosting a flower and coffee festival. Besides we could surprise a friend living there in the middle of a construction project.
We found Boquete alive with visitors enjoying the cooler temperatures and dryer cliimate of the higher altitude. Actually had dinner in a restaurant burning two fireplaces-an outside ambiance that was comfortable.
Back now from our trip inland and the engine working again, we are planning to head to the San Blas Islands again this year. They are east of where we are by about 100 miles. In the mean time we are enjoying Bocas Del Toro, hiking and zip lining and finding some decent restaurants. Enjoy the pictures.