On our way to Panama City today!
08 February 2013
After leaving Isla Canas we headed for an anchorage between Isla Ampon and Isla Casaya, the water was calm and all we could hear were the birds, wonderful! On the way there we stopped at a little village called San Miguel, it was a very rustic little village. The Bauhaus guide indicated we could get fresh fruit and veggies there plus they had restaurants, that was not to be. There was nothing there really except we were able to buy some fresh eggs. The people as always were very friendly and helpful. We are thinking that this village lost its business presence after the development started on Contadora.
The next morning we headed for Contadora as we wanted internet so we could contact family via skype, we managed to get Carole's Mum, Chris and Roza. We also managed to catch up on our emails, and contacted Sarah at Specialty Yachts to see if we can get the part needed to fix our wind instrument. We spent 2 lovely days in Contadora, on one of the days we rented a golf cart and toured the whole island, lots of very nice homes on this island ( by the way it did not take long as it is a very small island). We found a couple of grocery stores so we could do some provisioning and had some nice meals at the restaurant where we found the WIFI. The mooring ball in the anchorage was free.....nice! The beaches had nice soft white sand. As we walked and drove through the island we saw an area of preserved rain forest which reminded us of the show "Tarzan" where he swung on the vines hanging from the trees, these vines were everywhere in this pristine rain forest.
Contadora also has an airplane runway, this reminded us of when Richard was flying in Belize, the Runway is not very long and it runs from one side of the island to the other, The planes were Grand Caravans.
Yesterday we headed over the an island close by called "Mogo Mogo", apparently this is where "Survivor" was filmed a few years ago. We dinghied over to the island and walked along the shore and also took a couple of trails through the trees. On the beach we were amazed at the number of beautiful pink shells, we had never seen this colour of shell before. There were 6 boats in the anchorage including some cruiser friends on Andromeda.
Once in the anchorage it was time for Carole to climb the mast again and take some readings on the windvane at the top of the mast, this way we will be able to let Sarah know what they are and compare them to what they should be. We determined that the wind vane at the top of the mast was definately the problem and that we needed a new one. We called Sarah at Specialty and she was able to arrange for one to be at her office by Friday, Russ's brother from August Moon will pick it up and bring it down to Panama when he comes....thank you Kim.
Andromeda initiated a beach party that night and we even had a bonfire. Russ on August Moon made contact with all the boats for us to bring appies and drinks. It was a multinational group including people from Australia, Thailand, Philippines, France, Switzerland, Germany, US and Canada. The bonfire, food were great as well as the sharing of information and conversation. When we woke up in the morning there was no indication we had a bonfire on the beach as high tide had washed it all away.
So as the title says we are now on our way to Panama City where we should be able to have regular internet which we are so looking forward to.