Busy Day in Panama
26 December 2017 | Shelter Bay Marina
Just wanted to mention that we stayed longer at the Christmas Pot Luck and were entertained by a Russian family of cruisers. Great guitar music and singing to top off a wonderful time. Up by 6:30. Mark climbed to the top of the mast and sprayed all the antenna connections with contact cleaner. The one issue we had was being able to hear when we called in to the port from 8 miles out. Will have to wait to see if it helped. He took some wonderful pictures from the top. Now, if we can find the camera cables, we will post them. Also worked on the adjustable tack line for the spinnaker, installing new blocks. Also added our new rode to the end of the anchor line. This will help with anchoring in deep water, since the Pacific side has an 18 foot tidal range. Attempted to find someone to repair our sail, but all failed. We found a business card for someone in Colon. We took the 1 pm bus to the Colon Shopping Mall. Then we headed by taxi to the shop. It was an experience. The buildings along our street were in very bad shape. They were mostly two stories but the upper stories looks like they would collapse at any time. The taxi driver found the shop, which was like a garage upholstery store. The streets were extremely dirty and it was a scary area of town. We got some material but not sure it was meant for sails, so we can repair it ourselves. We did not pack our sewing machine. Then Mark had researched the many casinos in Colon and one was close by. The driver let us off but the casino had been closed for the past year or so. The hotel next door found us another taxi and told us where the only remaining casino resided. We spent about an hour or so at the Radissons' casino. My $20 earned me $100 on the roulette wheel! I had a piece of the winning number for almost all the numbers spun. The incredible part in cashing out the chips, was that they taxed the winnings and subtracted the tax from the payout. I have never seen that before. Just as we were leaving there was a taxi heading out. So, we asked if he could take us to the grocery store, but we didn't ask for the cost. It was $3 for both of us leaving the grocery store and he demanded $5 each. Live and learn to ask how much first. It had rained while we were in the casino and some of the roads we drove thru had deep water. Picked up a few groceries and found a cab to take us back. The driver was a young guy driving a Prius. Not sure if he had ever been to Shelter Bay, but he knew about the ferry boat. We got a ferry boat ride in each direction today. We were almost back to the marina, when the road conditions worsened with pot holes and our driver sustained a flat tire. Mark helped him change it. And, we gave him a big tip to cover some of that expense. Decided to have dinner at the Marina Restaurant. It is pretty much the same menu as at lunch time. They do have inexpensive happy hour drinks. Happy Boxing Day to all. Also, today is our 38th wedding anniversary! So, that is why we took the trip to the casino and got to see a little more of Colon!