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June/10/2011

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June/9/2011

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June/9/2011

Fishermen huts on Isla Escoudo de Verges

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June/9/2011

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June/9/2011

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June/9/2011

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Isla Escoudo de Veraguas
June/8/2011

Isla Escoudo de Veraguas an island in the Golfo de Los Moskitos. We didn't see any mosquitos but the no-seems were sure biting when we walked the huge beach. The weather had been calm which aloud us to anchor at this very inaccessible island. The local indians have temporary open air fishing huts on the island but no one lives here permanently. We had a couple of days spearfishing and walking the beach.

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June/8/2011

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June/8/2011

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June/7/2011

Photos of Euro and "Diva" bobbing up and down.. And this is a very calm night with very little weather and waves.. Can you imagine having to anchor in a storm, being pushed against the coast..yikes!

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June/7/2011

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June/7/2011

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Euro, Panama
June/7/2011

The following morning we woke to the sound of nothing ?... and then yes, we are still in Panama (perhaps to early) .. the howler monkeys awoke to send us off. It's was a beautiful sunrise and a wonderful sun-filled, dry day. We sailed most of the day toward Euro, an anchorage 52 miles from Rio Chagres.

First cruised by Columbus on his forth voyage, this coast called Costa Abuja is scarcely populated, except for a few fishing villages at the mouths of rivers and the only really good anchorage is the Rio Chagres... been there, done that (no wind, oddly and to our surprise, only a few bugs and a great place to die of the heat..lol).
As we travelled to Euros, we noticed endless miles of deserted beaches, sandy in colour but our guide book has warned that all beaches are with no access by land (a border of the impenetrable mountainous jungles of Panama) or by boat (a harborless coastline).
We are traveling this coast in the Wet season (May through November) and today are experiencing an off-shore morning breeze (and later on the day.. an on shore breeze), with very little in the way of "seas". It's absolutely marvelous.. And you can tell, because I'm typing this now, underway!..

We spent one night alongside the mainland coast of Panama called Euero. The land scape was very beautiful but there was little protection from the waves and ocean swell so we departed in the morning for Isla Escoudo de Veraguas.

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June/6/2011

Looking behind, to the East at the beautiful sunrise as we set off down the Panamanian coast.

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June/6/2011

Photo taken in the dark (enhanced) of ships at anchor waiting to go through the Panama Canal.. View from the Rio Chagres as we leave in the wee morning hours.

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A Day Sail
Marg
June/6/2011

The plan: Day sails to break up the 125 miles to Bocas Del Toro.
The last day/night in the Chagres we anchored at the mouth of the river in preparation to leave tomorrow at O-dark-30. As the sun began it's decent, a squall came over the mountains and moved right over top of us. Even if we hadn't looked up from our comfy chairs on deck at the encompassing darkened skies, we should have known from the increasing level of sound coming from the howler monkeys. Fair warning that a storm was eminent, as the resident Howler monkeys bellow out their grief every time there is a whiff of rain eminent. It made for a very quick ending to our pot luck hors d'oeuvre dinner and happy hour with Carl and Debbie from "Diva"; as they had to row "home" before, yet another torrential downpour.
With L.P. wrapped up and sealed in, Steve and I decided to use the pelting, fairly cold raindrops and enjoy a shower on deck, something I don't really enjoy as it feels as though one is ducking as lightening bolts strike all around you and the sound of thunder makes me jump or hit the deck. Regardless, it was a well received bath before heading down below decks to sleep.

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June/5/2011

Last night in the Rio Chagres

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Jungle Explorers
Steve
June/4/2011

When you see a guy hacking through the jungle mile after mile in movies, don't believe it unless they admit it took weeks and they had a army of "young" men with machetes. We were hacking our way along a supposed path that have been abandoned for a couple of years and soon lost the path and our will to proceed. We did find Nutmeg on the ground. We are familiar with the spice from Grenada where it is abundant on small bushy trees, here it had fallen from towering trees with their foliage up in the canopy.

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June/4/2011

Chop, chop..
Steve using the machete that Nancy (his sister) gave him back in 1977. She brought it back from her trip to San Salvador and we hid the darn thing until we decided to go on this sailing adventure. Steve sleeps with it ..lol.. it lies just above his head, for easy access, if we have intruders! Can you imagine!
Carl taking a break.. I don't know where Carl got his.

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June/4/2011

photo of us trying to hike through the bush.

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