Butterfly adventures

28 August 2016 | Marina Papagayo
06 August 2016 | Papagayo
20 April 2016 | Golfito
27 January 2016 | Isla Taboga Panama
22 January 2016
18 January 2016 | Isla Taboga Panama
02 May 2015 | Isla Taboga
21 April 2015 | Isla Taboga
04 April 2015 | Isla Taboga
03 April 2015 | Isla Taboga
22 January 2015 | 7 29.457'N:81 13.350'W, Isla Cebaco Panama
21 January 2015 | 7 45.159'N:81 32.381'W, Bahia Honda Panama
20 January 2015 | 7 45.159'N:81 32.381'W, Bahia Honda Panama
19 January 2015 | 7 45.159'N:81 32.381'W, Bahia Honda Panama
17 January 2015 | Golfito CR
15 January 2015 | Golfito CR
14 January 2015 | Golfito CR
01 January 2015 | Marina Papagayo, Bahia Culebra, Costa Rica
01 December 2014 | Marina Papagayo, Bahia Culebra, Costa Rica
18 November 2014 | Marina Papagayo, Bahia Culebra, Costa Rica

So where were we?

21 April 2015 | Isla Taboga
Dan- hot, windy, and tropical

Oh yeah, giving a little of our insight and experiences on the anchorages here in Panama City.

We are now over at Isla Taboga hanging from a mooring put in by Susan Parham and Chuy Navarro a couple of cruisers that swallowed the anchor and dropped roots here. These are really nice moorings and needed as the bottom is a minimum of 60’ with poor holding, just a bit of current…..

Great little island community, served by ferry boats from Panama City which means that the weekends here are party central, but on the weekdays, muy tranquillo. Isla Taboga or as it has been known, Isla San Pedro when it was first settled by Europeans in 1524 or Isla Las Flores later, has about 600 residents and about 6 trucks that wind through the small town carrying stuff and people to/from the wharf. The water is very clear and warm and the beaches are strewn with shells, soft sand, and seaglass.

The weather in April is the transition time from dry to wet season and that means the weather is a bit unsettled at times. With a north wind we get a pretty good chop in here that almost feels like a passage, fine really once you get used to it. The evenings are great though, cooling breezes and the lapping of the water against the hull is great to sleep to. But the middle of the days are HOT, really hot. The winds are minimal and the sun unrelenting, so we hunker down for those few hours and drink a lot of water!

We plan on leaving Papillon here for a few months and feel she is in good hands with Chuy, he is very conscientious and knowledgeable. We figured we would come over here early and check it out for a while and get the vibe; the vibe is groovy, so we are coolio.

We decided to delay our run to the South Pacific this year because of that nasty thing called work. Not that I dislike my work! But that is coolio as well, we kind of like our snails-pace cruising style, we do get a deeper insight into the local cultures, one not usually seen by the average cruiser.

Last week we rented a car and did a little land cruising. We started of course with a couple of days of luxing it at the Waldorf Astoria! Before you get too jealous- it was less than $100 bucks on Hotwire. We picked up the car and drove out of town just ahead of it getting shut down for the Summit of the Americas, a big deal political thing that basically gave photo ops and ruined traffic for 4-5 days.

Our first stop was El Valle de Anton If you google it (or bing it for my Msoft friends) you will find out more. For us it was just a nice place to go and check out how the locals vacation. It is a gringo place as well, but there are a lot of Panamanians who keep homes here as it is only about 2 hours out of the city.

A couple of nights at the Golden Frog Inn had us calm and relaxed and ready to go- so off we went on what should have been a 4 hour drive to Boquete in the far western reaches of Panama. Should have been is the operative word. A really great road up until we got to a town called Santiago- from there to David (DaaVeed), about 189 km, there was construction. I don’t mean just a little either, the entire stretch was being widened or repaved or blasted. 7 miserable hours later we pull into Boquete

I’ll stop for now, but Boquete was worth the drive!
Comments
Vessel Name: Papillon
Vessel Make/Model: Slocum 43
Hailing Port: Seattle WA
Crew: Dan and Kelly Freeman
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