Our Mission: To boldly go until we are no more!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Porvenir Panama

Three days after departing Aruba we made landfall at 1030 this morning dropping anchor off the tiny San Blas Island of Pornenir, in the province of Panama known by the local Kuna Indians as Kuna Yala (9d33.35'N, 78d56.88'W, 50 ft). Check-in was easy:

Immigration - 6 month visas $60 pp
Customs - Interlude Kuna Permit - $23
Port Captain - 6 month Interlude Panama Cruising Permit - $193

Ashore there was a small very basic hotel with restaurant and bar, air strip and a marketplace with 'museum' to give the occasional cruise ship passengers some handicrafts to buy. The ship would be bigger than the island.

On the way in to port we saw some cruising yachts anchored off other more picturesque islands and so after a quick lunch we moved a few miles to the East Lemmon Cays and joined about a dozen other yachts in the anchorage (9d33.67'N, 78d51.76'W, 20 ft). Before we had a chance to finish putting on the mainsail cover we already had purchased three lobsters ($20), and two bags of fruits and veggies ($18) from the Kuna canoes. So far only one family selling 'molas'. Molas are the local multi-layered needlepoint handicraft known worldwide for their colorful designs and detail. The Kunas are a tiny people - one size up from the Pigmies - more on them after we have been here a couple weeks.

Friday, November 23, 2012

After Aruba

Our one month 'vacation' on Aruba at the Renaissance Hotel Marina was relaxing and fun. Katie's sister and brother-in-law have a vacation home here we all had fun diving with Clive (Dive Aruba), shopping, touring and enjoying their home and the Resort.

Today we plan to leave for Kuna Yala (San Blas Islands) Panama for one month of remote cruising before spending the Holidays at the Shelter Bay Marina near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. We plan to transit early January and make our way up the coast to cruise Costa Rica, Mexico and then be back in the San Francisco Bay Area in the spring.