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Jim meets a small resident monkey at the B&B where stayed one night in Panama City.
Enjoying the train ride from Panama City to Colon.
Nothing fancy at the local airport.
Approaching the Panama Canal Gatun Locks At Night
Back door closed...
Water rushes in (looking forward toward large tanker)...
Water is up to top of back door.
Blazing Bob's New cover to keep the sun off.
Our seafood meal fresh from the local fisherman.
We thought we were going to get hammered. But it all blew north of us. Whew!
At least a five inch grasshopper (won't let you closse enough to measure) taking a ride on our outboard motor.
Pods of Dolphins riding our wake in the clear Caribbean.
Tobobe Native Village, first impressions are deceiving, they're very sparse.
Kayukos surrounding our boat. Looks like we're handing out money!
Cartagena skyline at sunset.
Dressed for the Club Nautico Halloween Party! We won a prize, but we don't know exactly why. Maybe for the cheapest looking couple?
Sailing in the Caribbean from Panama to Cartagena
Friends Ken (Apeman) and Marilyn (Bones) on Dream Ketch'r at the Club Nautico Halloween party. (They liked the fact we had biker names, so we gave them biker names...)
A very large ship from the Nederland Navy anchored nearby, passing extremely close to Nilaya. A couple of the boats near us had to quickly reanchor for it to come in.
A huge ship came in one day carrying three large cargo cranes. They were preceded by a tug shooting water fountains and they circled the bay before docking further away. It was quite a sight.
The dinghy dock at Club Nautico gets very crowded. Can you find Bob?
Enjoying a cool and relaxing day at a farm in a town near Cartagena.
There were dancers at the Thanksgiving Dinner celebration and Jim was picked to dance with one of the girls. The music and dancing is fast, but Jim held up well.
There are many police throughout the city. Here is a shift of tourist police preparing to go on duty in a small section of town called Old Town.
This is a tourist ship (galleon?) that is one of many boats that pass by the anchorage everyday loaded with tourists. As we are at the edge of the anchorage, Nilaya is now featured in many tourist's photos and vacation movies
A picture of downtown and many bays from atop the historic fort. Parts of the fort has been restored and parts have been modified to house a theater where we attended a very excellent brass concert.
We toured one of the forts in the old city and this large flag is at the top. The fort is over 500 years old and built of coral stone blocks with tunnels running through it.
One of the improvements we had done to the boat in Columbia was extend the stern rail, replacing wire lifelines to make it more secure for moving around and add a couple of more solar panels. Here the welder is fitting the new piece to the old.
We were treated to a couple of regattas over the holidays. This leg came right alongside many anchored boats-the green one in the center with no sails up is actually anchored. The race lasted into the evening followed by a large party with the participating boats rafted to one another.
This US Coast Guard ship came in one morning and anchored at a pier nearby for a couple of days. It was very impressive. It's number was 911 and named Forward.
Being a motor officer in Cartagena is quite different than the US. Two officers on a 125cc is the standard here.