s/v Sunshine

The Cruising Adventures of the Thoreson Family

14 July 2009
08 July 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
13 June 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama- still
06 June 2009 | Empire, MI/ SB Marina, Panama
15 May 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
15 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
14 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
12 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
11 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
10 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
10 April 2009 | 9.3691,-79.9503
10 April 2009 | 9.3797,-79.9345
09 April 2009 | Lake Gatun, Panama
09 April 2009 | 9.3442,-79.9075
09 April 2009 | 9.2718,-79.9234
08 April 2009 | Panama Canal
08 April 2009 | 9.2176,-79.8913
08 April 2009 | 9.0159,-79.6118
08 April 2009 | 8.905,-79.5307
07 April 2009 | Playita Anchorage Panama City

A Day of Rest, Then On to Bahia Culebra

04 April 2008 | Bahia Santa Elena/ Bahia Culebra
Friday morning decided to just stay here for the day. We really needed the rest after the long haul from Fonseca. And it was so calm and peaceful, I wasn't ready to leave since I had waited and anticipated seeing this place for so long. But we didn't just sit around. We picked up the boat since it had been neglected for the past several days while under way. I did some much needed laundry, Dad did some regular maintenance on the engine, filling the fuel tank, checking oil, etc., and Jim did some work on Sunshine. The kids helped with the picking up of the salon area and then did some school. It was nice to be at anchor and not moving again and to feel the serenity of Bahia Santa Elena. I would highly recommend this place to stop for those who have made the long haul from the North. You would be greatly rewarded. Then there's also the spider monkeys on shore, exotic birds, including parrots, and a small waterfall and areas to explore on shore.
We got up and pulled up anchor before the sun was even up, but it was light enough to see. We past the Bat Islands, aka the Murcielagos Islands, which I failed to get video or pictures of since I was down below and helping Micah with school. Since it was Saturday and the Port Captain is not in, we pulled in to one of the beaches North of Playa del Coco, at Playa Panama and anchored there for 2 nights to wait until Monday to move over to Coco to check in. The first comment out of Micah was, as he looked upon the territory before us, he could see up into the mountains, "there's a road! They have cars here!" It was quite funny- another one of those Micahisms. I dreally liked Playa Panama too, beautiful black baby's bottom soft sand beach and it was another calm and quiet anchorage. We could hear the howler monkeys on shore, Wow! They really roar! Sounded more like lions! It was cool!
Vessel Name: Sunshine
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Ed Horstman Tristar Trimaran
Hailing Port: Traverse City, MI
Crew: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
We have been married almost 19 years, Bridget is now 14, Micah is almost 8, Jenaya is 5. We have a strong Christian/Catholic Faith, love spending time together & exploring this beautiful World. [...]
We purchased Sunshine in Feb. '07. She was in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. We flew down in Nov. '07, spent 4 months getting her ready, building a new, larger dinghy, enjoying El Salvador & the friends we made. We then took the next 2 1/2 months sailing from there to Panama City. Now the next leg [...]
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The Thoreson Crew

Who: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
Port: Traverse City, MI