Bahia Honda Panama after a day or so
20 January 2015 | 7 45.159'N:81 32.381'W, Bahia Honda Panama
We arrived here a couple of nights ago with enough light left to get anchored, greet our friends and then sleep like babies.
The next morning, fully rested started us on the beehive of activity that every boat requires upon anchoring. Deploy the dinghy, rig covers, open the boat for ventilation etc. Of course the howler monkeys work as the alarm clock.
This anchorage is so very tranquil, we are in what is known as Domingo's anchorage and the boat just seems to be floating in air, no swell to rock us and only mild breezes which cool us well. Our small portion of the Bahia del Sol gang suggested a trip to the small "town" here to see what the local culture is like.
Wow, these folks here have day drinking down to an art, a raucus bar on a pier with kids jumping and swimming off of it served as our landing zone and a pack of 5 gringo had the center of attention. As CB from Palarran put it- "You don't see this on a Carnival Cruise". After finding out that the local brew is cheap, and for a reason, we wondered around the village for a few minutes as that is really all it takes.
Then with the spirit of Cook running in our veins we decided to explore the bay and find the estuary. After several false starts we finally find the mangrove channel that the river runs out of and started a trip that really felt NatGeo. but of course after a mile or so, even that closed up and we beat a retreat before the tide dropped.
Returning to the boat we heated up dinner in the cockpit over the bbq and sat around for a bit with our friends before we all retired at 8- almost made it to cruiser midnight!
slept out side last night under the stars as there are no bugs and the temperature is just perfect for sleeping, actually need a blanket about halfway through the night!
Cheers- and btw this was posted via the GO!