Cheeseburgers in paradise!
16 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
After dropping off Lori and Don, we headed over to Miradup in the Holandes chain of islands. We have kind of realized that we only have a few more days of cruising before heading to Panama to get ready for our trip to Peru. We are now planning on taking the boat to Panamarina which is close to Linton and Portobello. It costs 1/3 of the price to go to Shelter Bay, but the boat is on a mooring ball instead of tied to a dock. We are checking with our insurance company and if they give the green light then that is where will go.
There are also two couples that have expressed interest in buying Five Islands and one of them has talked about coming to Panama in April to finalize. We still have a long ways to go until the boat is sold, but this could also be our last few days of real cruising. If the people do decide to fly all the way across the pacific to come and look at Five Islands, we would head to Shelter Bay once we got back from Peru as its the only place to haul-out for a survey. Now if these leads do not pan out we would head back out to the San Blas for another month of fun before deciding what we will do.
We went for a snorkel on a reef that I have heard lots about and have never had the chance to do it. The water was a little cloudy but it was still a pretty spot. My mask was leaking and then I cracked a flipper so I packed it in first. Of course Karen wasn't ready to come in yet and once she did not have to pull the dingy, she started to dive and check more holes. She came across a slipper lobster. Quite rare as it is the first one we have come across. She called for the spear - I was impressed she was willing to give it a try. She hit the lobster, but did not have enough power and the spear bounced off of him. She said it was a huge one - they are supposed to be very tasty. I did buy some lobsters from the Kuna's yesterday. They had 15 in their boat and I bought all of them for $25. On average they were some of the bigger ones we have bought.
We are thinking about going to Porviner to check out on Friday and then head to Isla Grande on Saturday.
We went into Nargana after dropping off Lori & Don and came across my friend Oneil - a baker. He said he had fresh buns, so we stopped off on our way back to the dingy. They were big, round and fluffy - so for valentines I made some awesome Cheeseburger. My cousin had put a comment on the blog about Cheeseburgers in Paradise and got me thinking - and singing that song.