Out of Bounds
 
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
June/14/2011

Can't see them. Here's the close-up pic. of mum and baby monkey.

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Bocas Del Toro (Bull’s Mouth)
June/13/2011

Photo from Galivant.. monkey mum and baby in the trees..

Hope I'm not plagiarizing .. here is some info I gathered along the way..

Located 32km from the Costa Rican border, the ArchipiƩlago de Bocas del Toro consists of six densely forested islands, scores of uninhabited islets and Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama's oldest marine park. Bocas is Panama's principal tourist draw card and we found, while talking to many X-pats whom have lived here for the past 10 years, there have been quite a few changes and some wonder where it all went wrong. However, a fair measure of authenticity still remains even though there is the presence of development... mostly low key. We notice the absence of mega hotels and perhaps that has helped preserve the archipelago's idyllic beauty. Even the most developed of the islands, Isla Colon, has an appealingly slow way of life (avoiding a small stretch along the main street that follows the water front, full of salespeople flogging a reduced rate for a dive boat or a sail around the islands for a snorkel etc..). We have enjoyed the anchorage outside Bocas marina which is closest to town. It's not noisy at all except for the occasional band coming from a nearby restaurant. We have not gone to Isla Carenero yet, but it looks like it may be a lovely, peaceful haven... lying just across the bay from Bocas. It is there that we will leave Lion's Paw to visit Canada soon and i will write about that later. For now we are enjoying Bocas.. the not so big town.


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June/12/2011

All the joinery finished by hand with a little artistic flair using bamboo for kitchen pot lights, lamps and flower vases...

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June/11/2011

Let's talk a bit about living on the water.. We had a lot in common battling salt air and salt water (bolts rotting away), solar and wind power, batteries etc...
Michel's home was on stilts .. surprisingly no screens (no chitra's.. they stay in the mangroves..nice!). Unfortunately his thatched roof needed replacing after 2 years.. shelling out another $4000 US.. it is quite a job bringing in the fresh bundles, each frond has to be cut in half and folded.. etc..

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A Warm Welcome to Bocas
June/11/2011

Anchored of Bastimentos Cays, Michele came alongside to welcome us to Bocas Del Toro. He was originally from Montreal, lived in Florida for a number of years and at present, lived in a home nestled next to a mangrove island which he may or may not own.. long story.

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June/10/2011

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

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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
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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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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