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David, Panama
October/20/2011

This photo is of our day's work (9 hours of shopping). The first truck load to be boxed and shipped (via another larger covered truck) to Bocas Town. Unfortunately we found out today, that this load will arrive before us... the truck left this afternoon. We called Toby (a Texas born X-Pat who helps cruisers out with this sort of thing) to remind her that she forgot to pick-up the stuff stashed at our hotel. Stuff we brought from Canada and stuff we purchased at another grocery... No worries. the next truck load will be shipped next Tuesday.

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Steve
October/18/2011

the Multi-National Cafe, right next door... cheap and muey bueno!

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Steve
October/18/2011

The next day was supposed to be a rest day but we ended up at a fabric store a short walk from the hotel where Marg impressed the owner with her knowledge of fabric and we purchased the Sunbrella canvas for our sun awnings. In the Caribbean it is wise to have a large sun block over the whole boat or you roast. After lunch we took the long walk up to a major shopping area. I prefer to walk if we can just to get a look at the city, unfortunately David has very little to recommend it for. It seems to be a dirty dilapidated place. But it does have the shops that we need and between the two large Home Depot style hardware stores we were able to tick off all our items on the hardware list. So with a full taxi and Spanish lessons from the friendly driver we arrived back at the hotel after a successful day.

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Panama City to David
Steve
October/17/2011

Our flight arrived in Panama City late Sunday night and we arrived at the hotel well after midnight, although we were tired we couldn't get to sleep until three am. After the complimentary breakfast at the hotel we walked a couple of blocks in the rain and decided to that it would be a waste of a day in Panama City and that we could rest in David. We took a taxi to the bus station and we were just in time for the 10am bus. It turned out to be the premium bus so it was a little more expensive at $15.25 each for the 8 hour trip. It was a beautiful, new double-decker highway bus and we were assigned seats in the top cabin. Since no one was sitting in the front, we soon moved there and sat over the driver with a panoramic view of Panama as it went by. We had a lunch break about half way at a bus stop which served cafeteria style food at very reasonable cost. The food was surprisingly good. We arrived in David about 5:30 which was nice because it was sill light out and grabbed one of the many taxi's at the station to the Hotel Castilla and after a good meal at the restaurant next door and a trip to the super market down the street for necessities (beer) we called it a night.


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Hakuna Matata
October/2/2011

Hakuna Matata... We're good to go back to Bocas Del Toro, Panama!
We've decided to wait until after our Canadian Thanksgiving .. gotta get one more sweet cob of corn and fresh green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, new potatoes, sugared yams, sausage stuffing, succulent turkey and one last piece of pumpkin pie!

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October/16/2011 | Jack & Betty Colquhoun
Have a safe and good trip. Hope all goes well for you both. Keep in touch. Your Dad and I will keep well, and look forward to your return in the future. Love ffrom your Dad and Betty
October/16/2011 | Jack & Betty Colquhoun
Hi: I am trying this again, you may get two messages?? Anyway, we want to wish you a safe and good trip and to tell you that your Dad and I will keep well and look forward to your future return. Happy sailing days - keep in touch. Love Dad and Betty
Phase II - Fall
September/21/2011

More photos in the gallery of our visit to Canada. Yes, we are still here and the fall weather is creeping in.

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Martini's on Deck
September/20/2011

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September/21/2011 | Thera
Winter clothing already !?! I don't own a coat or closed toe shoes anymore! Glad to see the big smiles xxoo thera
Charlie's the one in the white sunglasses
Steve
September/19/2011

Our favourite new download..sailing not anchoring! Go Team China!
For more great photos:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/China-Team-for-Americas-Cup

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Photo Gallery Update - Canada 2011
August/29/2011

We've almost forgotten how hot and humid the climate we left behind in Bocas, even though upon our arrival it was a good 40 deg C.. but that was back in July. It is now the end of August and a little chillier ~25 deg C. My body and skin loves this climate.. Steve not so much. He misses the heat. However, one bonus is that we have been able to snuggle up together in the same bed (even on a twin mattress).

We have been enjoying every full day here.. minus the doctors, dentists, drivers license & OHIP renewals etc., etc. and we've become internet junkies ordering boat parts and exploring options for further travels. Plans are in the works for a shipment from Miami to Panama (boat parts and varnish etc.), and a crap load of work awaits our arrival.. it's all good and favourable for the ongoing improvements to Lion's Paw.

Steve can't wait to get to get back to the boat... me not so much. Before coming "home" (Steve would say; "Going to Canada") we were warned that we'd be surprised at the cost of food "back home", but we've found that the cost of food has not changed and most products are even cheaper. We've been like deer caught in the headlights as we peruse the aisles in the grocery stores... the selection is to die for and the pounds we have added to our waistline is proof. We've had ton's of red meat on the BBQ and enjoyed every fruit and vegetable that Canada's summer brings to the table. Even the potatoes taste wonderful! And our wine .. Well let's just say it's not like the the $2.50 Liter box of Clos wine from Chile ($$..much more costly, but taste wise .. wine tastes as it should :)

It's been wonderful to get our hands in the dirt again helping out with clearing brush and moving stone, along with re-caulking windows and fixing "this and that" whenever asked. It's all that we can contribute since we are homeless and everyone has been so kind to invite us to their homes and join in with their vacation time.

Cooking in everyone's kitchen has been a real eye opener. Kitchens are far too beautiful and spacious with far too many drawers and cupboards to store crap and everyone has a different idea as to where an item should be stored. Funny, how we've adjusted to living aboard Lion's Paw when only one cook can stand in the galley. It's been quite the adjustment, but we seem to have everything we "need" to cook and bake with and its it within reach..lol

Another discovery.. how very comfortable we've been living from our rental car and sleeping in all kinds of places (14 different beds and still counting). There was a time when we only felt comfortable in our own cottage or home. We hardly ever slept over after a dinner party. We wonder if it is because we've adjusted to the vagabond lifestyle or is it because our bed on the boat is not a BeautyRest mattress.

While here we have gone hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, camping and sailing. Even though we've been very active, we have realized that there is no comparison to the amount of energy required for every day simple tasks aboard L.P. (like buying groceries or doing laundry) and I realize that we are not going off to work each day, but everyday life is just easier on land and can be very sedentary.. No wonder we all go the gym.

Wildlife is abundant here and we've seen more wildlife here than we do in the jungles and rain forests of Panama. For us the one sighting of the three-toed sloth is more exotic but to a Panamanian a chipmunk, fox and deer would be a similar thrill. How we've forgotten the amount of birds, flowers, plants and wildlife we've just taken for granted.

To all our friends out on the water, we do miss you all and wish you all the best. We check your blogs often and check the weather patterns too. Stay safe. We've downloaded a bunch of photos of our travels though Ontario (check out our Photo Gallery) if your interested in seeing a little piece of our wonderful province of Ontario, Canada.

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August/31/2011 | jennifer
I can relate, I've been home in Kingston a month and looking forward to returning "home" to Close Knit. I kind of love the vagabond life and the closeness of it all.
Georgetown
August/28/2011

Way too fast a visit..

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Erin
August/26/2011

When in the Bahamas, Lori gave us the hats that say S.C.U.M.
We were formally S.C.M.I.T's
and she is one of the original S.C.O.M. . . get it?

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September/9/2011 | Lori
it was S.C.H.I.T's you were silly!
Good Friends
August/26/2011

It was wonderful to see their photos of the cruise around the Baltic Sea... WOW!

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Erin Heights Golf Club
August/26/2011

It wouldn't be complete if we didn't pass through the little town of Erin... a big thanks to Dana for the free golf day!

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Not like camping!
August/20/2011

Okay, I have to admit. Sailing around the Caribbean is not like camping in the rain! And it sucked big time that we had such bad weather, but we enjoyed the time spent with Mike and Heather's family.

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Two Years ago we met the crew on Blue Blazes
August/18/2011

It was not even planned, but we were all eating dinner when we realized that it was exactly 2 years ago when we first met in Tobermory. Lion's Paw and Blue Blazes reunited!

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Ahmic Lake
August/15/2011

A really fun evening at the Swiss Country House Restaurant .. all you can eat Pickerel .. also know as Walleye! Steve was the best at saying "Walleye"..LOL

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Colquhoun gathering.
August/14/2011

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Lake Tasso, Ontario
August/11/2011

Daniel checking out my new waterproof camera. We have clear, clean, drinkable, fresh water here!

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Fox Lake, Huntsville
August/9/2011

The cabin, french fries and Nancy's Birthday! More photo's in the Photo Gallery.

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Re-visiting the Past
August/7/2011

Photo taken back in 1983

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August/14/2011 | Thera
Awe, I think Im going to have to have a cry!! I loved that cottage (no matter how small I was). Love the makeover the red looks great! So glad that you guys are getting nostalgic! Have a good trip and keep writing about it some of us are not home to visit :(
August/27/2011 | Margaret Colquhoun
Thanks everyone for commenting on this post via Facebook. Yes we all have wonderful memories together of a time when we were all so very carefree and young... stories to recount and laugh about forever... how cool is that!
August/29/2011 | jim keast
Otter Lake brings back fond memories of a particular stormy day with Kim and Marius...the infamous "two party day". thanks for these memories and welcome home!

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