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April/3/2011

"Kaya" showed up and it was time to do some serious fishing off the reef. This picture doesn't do this Nassau Grouper justice it was 33 inches long and had a mouth as big as my head.

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April/3/2011

Windward side of Island with Lion's Paw in back ground

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April/3/2011

A beautiful beach to walk around the whole island.

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April/3/2011 | janice
Beautiful!!!!
Steve
April/3/2011

We were tucked behind this barrier reef that kept most of the swell and waves down. In the Caribbean you usually anchor with no protection from the wind. Without a stiff breeze you would die of the heat and get eaten by no see'ms . You learn to sleep with the constant roar of the surf.

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Isla Buporgana
April/3/2011

There a many more boats in the Sand Blas than we expected but you can still find a beautiful island all to yourself. We spent about a week here most of the time by ourselves.

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April/5/2011 | Lori
wow.......!!!
Rio Diablo with "Rachel"
April/1/2011

"Rachel" Julie and Mark gave their guests the full treatment...It is a rain forest but the rain dons't last for long.

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April/1/2011

We hoped to see some monkeys and alligators but had settle for a lizard and birds

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April/1/2011

Kingfisher

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April/1/2011

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April/1/2011

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Canoe/Sailboat
April/1/2011

The Kuna people use these canoes in every day life on the river and out in the open ocean, sometimes under sail.

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Dugout canoe
April/1/2011

Another photo of the new dug out canoe parked along the river

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Rio Diablo
April/1/2011, Nargana, San Blas, Panama

photo of dug out.. brand new

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Rio Diablo
Steve
April/1/2011, Nargana, San Blas, Panama

Rio Diablo, Nargana, San Blas, Panama
Along with anchoring off beautiful palm covered islands, snorkeling off spectacular but sometimes scary reefs and visiting the Kuna villages, we can also travel by dingy up some of the rivers flowing into the San Blas Islands. One navigable river, is the Rio Diablo which flows in towards Nargana, a provisioning town. It has an air strip that many cruiser guests fly in and out of. I almost called it an airport but it is really just a strip of concrete.
We had to pole our way into the Rio Diablo over the shallows at the mouth of the river and in places get out of the dingy and drag it. But once into the narrow tree lined river it was deep enough to motor. We traveled up the river Three to a dingy with the crew of "Rachel" and their two guests occasionally turning off the engines and paddling along listening to the sounds coming from the rain forest.

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East Lemmons, San Blas, Panama
April/1/2011

March 6
East Lemmons, San Blas, Panama

Sighting of celeb's .. for fellow Distant Shore fans..
Yes they were here on holidays and no, once again.. I did not get a signing of my book... but did get to chat with them at a beach BBQ pot luck while in the West Lemmons. I just wanted them to know that it was their fault Im even out here.

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Crab and Lobster season is over!!!!
April/1/2011, Esnasdup

Esnasdup
Photo take Feb 28th 2011
You cannot harvest crab or lobster March through May. We were lucky to buy this large crab just before the season ended $5. March 1st while snorkeling with my speargun looking for fish I found the biggest Lobster I have ever seen. I went back 3 times and it was still there. I hope it lasts till June 1st but it is not likely since the Kuna ignore the ban.
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April/1/2011

Photo of the only restaurant in town. Hey don't knock it, we ate here one night. We placed our order that afternoon. We asked if they would have enough to feed our group of 6 and they said "yes" no problem, however some of us might get a mix of crab and seafood.. We all thought, no problem. That evening while looking for a chair, I asked to see the kitchen and they proudly showed me around. It was well organized and very clean considering the state of the whole island. There turned out to be a total of 11 that showed up for dinner and most had ordered a medium size lobster. I was first to be served in our group and I before me was set the very biggest and tastiest lobster they caught that night (I shared it with Mark "Reach" who happened to be sitting beside me).. We all ate separately, as it was cooked then served and Steve and Charlie were finally served last (about an hour and a half later) but least ... They received something.. It was mostly cabbage with the juice of seafood..(scratch the last but not least bit!).

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April/1/2011 | Lori
poor Steve! I hope you enjoyed your lobster Marg!
April/1/2011

Your neighbours..

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Isla Tigre Feb 21st 2011
April/1/2011

This is a photo of where one would stay if you chose not to sleep on the boat. $10 US/night.. Bring your own camping mattress. There is an outside shower and toilet overlooking the ocean view. Most Kunna toilets are built over the ocean.

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Isla Tigre Feb 21st 2011
April/1/2011

This photo sums up the conflict of traditional ways verses the modern world of today.. and you can't help but notice the height of Steve in the background.

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