04/30/2012, Isla Contadora, Panama
We finally escaped the clutches of Panama City yesterday. PC is a great place, the junction point of two large continents and a people who are just coming into their own. For many years they were the poorer section of Colombia. Then when the Americans built the canal they were basically slaves to the american system. But now that is over and they are showing the world that they can do it and in style. The city architecture is lively and vibrant.
It is also hard to leave a place with so much abundance. Fresh fruit, vegetables, many different Cosco like stores, marine supplies etc. make for a popular destination.
We will stay here for a day or two then start the big journey: 5,000 plus miles to Seattle. Yes, it is daunting but somehow we will learn to adapt to our sea life.
04/27/2012, Balboa Yacht Club, Panama
Another day is quickly coming to a close as we sit on a buoy here at the BYC. We met three interesting people after our afternoon
showers today not that we take showers to meet interesting people! One person was a single lady who has just dumped her man and is
now single handing a fairly large boat. You would think being so far from home she would be a bit concerned but not this lady. She seems
as calm and collected as a person could be.
Her boat was hauled out of the water near the showers for a multitude of repairs stemming from a collision with a fishing boat last fall. She
was at anchor and not even on the boat when it happened. The Panamanian courts only allowed her $1000 in compensation since it
was an act of God? Actually the proceeds were less since it cost $300 to go to court.
The other two people (a couple) were from San Diego and on their way to Equador. They had their circumnavigation already under their
belt so the were just taking it easy.
The most amazing part of these three people is that they were all older than we. And we are both enjoying our 6th decade.