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June/10/2011

just another nice photo taken along the way from Tobobe to Bocas..

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June/10/2011

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Tobobe
Steve
June/10/2011, Tobobe, Panama

Tobobe is an isolated village on Peninsula Valiant, part of mainland Panama. There is no electricity or roads. The town is connected by a long well built concert side walk that runs the length of the village that is built along a bout a mile long stretch of shoreline. We walked the length of the sidewalk passing well kept houses built on stilts many constructed with board and baton. There was no garbage on the ground and the lots around the houses were landscaped with the grass and weeds cut short. It was great to see such a well organized village after all the dumpy towns we have been through. Finally people who don,t thing the ground is a garbage dump. Along the pathway where bread fruit, lime and banana trees As well as pineapples growing in a small plot. The trees seemed very communal.
We had been visited by young boys in there dug out canoes when we first arrived and had given then packs of Ritz Crackers. Most dry goods are sold here in perpotion sized packages so when you buy a large package of chips, cookies or crackers the contents are packaged in smaller portion like we buy for halloween. This is a great idea because with the humidity down here an open pack of chips would go soft within minuets. When we returned to the boat after our outing in town their where two canoes with women and baby's in them , Mrag practiced her Spanish then we gave them a package of powdered milk to get them to move on. Soon a man arrives in his canoe on his way home from work in the fields with his machete. We talk to him for a while and he is thrilled to death when we send him off with some Barracuda that we had caugte on the way in. At one point during the evening we had 6 canoes positioned of the boat. Luckily we finely realized that the didn't want anything from us and we were just the nights entertainment. They would drift off Lion's Paw staring and pointing and discussing what they saw some staying for over an hour. I guess we do the same when we are in their village but I hope we are more discreet. It was great to see them having fun and I hope we were more entertaining than some of the movies they make these days.

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June/22/2011 | Thera
Hey Guys, thought we would never get an update! Hope you have a good trip home in a month - will miss everyone but you will have to give me a call. xx Thera
ps- the howler monkeys are very loud from my experience in Cost Rica
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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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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/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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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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