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The restaurant Rana Azul. Good food and nice people.
The dock and welcoming sign at Rana Azul. (aka Blue Frog Pizzeria)
A blue frog - about 1 inch long. They were all along the trails above the restaurant. We also saw one that was bright green with black spots.
Local Kuna Indian coming in from fishing. Rain or not they must eat.
A very wet San Blas village
A supply boat for some of the San Blas Islands. Itís like the local Safeway truck delivering food to the super market except on a much different scale.
This Island is built on a reef. Two families live there and battle the elements during wind and rain. Either the Island is sinking or the water is rising.
Laura dressed in her foulies ready to go on deck. During this time, mid December, 2010 Panama was experiencing floods, mudslides and the most rain since they started keeping weather stats years ago.
A small picture perfect (Corona Moment) Island, part of the Coco Banderoís
One of the San Blas Islands, The Coco Banderos where we were anchored for Christmas, 2010
Our friends Larry and Vely on SV Lady In Red beached their boat in order to touch up the bottom paint. Other boaters would come by in their dinghys offering help as they thought they were stranded. Lady In Red is a metal boat but we've heard of people doing this even with fiberglass hulls. It works best if you don't have a deep keel because you can lean too far and when the tide comes back in it fills up the boat instead of floating it.
Can you find the puffer fish in this photo? His spines are down and he is the same color as the coral. I thought he looked a little like Yoda from Star Wars. He only tolerated me hovering over him back and forth trying to get a better photo for a short while, then slowly swam off.
We were able to catch a small shark . They are good eating and this one was a good size for us (under 3 ft), given our limited refrigerator space. The night before, we caught a large nurse shark. He was a pretty golden color and very docile. Probably measured about 6 ft or more. We let him go.
A small tuna we caught while underway. Part of it we made into sausage - sounds weird but tastes great!
On our last couple of passages we were healed over 15-20 degrees. This shows the stove and coffee pot trying to stay level (it's on a gimbal) while the boat is leaning sideways. This makes it very difficult to cook and even walk thru the cabin.
A huge pod of dolphins showed up to welcome us back to Providencia. Some jumped high out of the water and they played in our bow wake for almost an hour. There was even a small baby.
Our friends Orvile and Arelis in Providencia showing us one of the local farms. This lady grows fruits and root vegetables. Arelis is working with a non-profit that is helping some of the farms install irrigation to make better use of their land. Years ago, Providencia was a big exporter of fruit and they are trying to achieve a better balance as they are now importing much of what could be produced on island.
Banana and plantain trees (we can't tell the difference), pineapple and root vegetables.
Deb (s/v The W.C. Fields) and I show off our new hats with the proud hat maker.
Entering the channel leading to the city of Cienfuegos
Mahi Mahi caught the 2nd morning out heading to Cienfuegos
Typical Neighborhood Street in Cienfuegos
There were some newer vehicles but most were older. There were still many Russian cars and trucks as well.
Most of the horses used for these type taxis are small and very skinny. Some appeared to be in poor health.
A proud little girl with her new puppies in one of the local stores. The house has the store in front and the family living quarters are in the back.
There were also Russian Motorcycles with sidecars
This beautiful young lady danced for us while we were dining at one of the many nice restaurants in Trinidad.
Taking a break after a day of taking in the sights at a local cafť in Cienfuegos
View of Nilaya from the top of the lighthouse.
The space ship lighthouse at Guano de Este, one of the off shore Islands
Cayo Sol, just a rocky jagged reef that we anchored behind and snorkeled for a few days.
A typical beach at Cayo Largo, except most donít have Laura walking on the beach.
Cayo largo Marina restaurant, pizza and a beer, two bucks, the view was free.
Cayo Largo sunset taken from Nilaya while at anchor.
Relaxing in Cayo Largo after a tough day of being a tourist.
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Our hosts in Trinidad, Carlos and Marisel. They look very relaxed compared to 3:00 AM when I stumbled over them on the rooftop patio where they were sleeping while the dog barked furiously at the gringo in his underwear.
This 2 door Chrysler Imperial (Taxi) still had the original leather upholstery but the engine had been replaced with a diesel.
A reef covered in fish. Some places they were so thick you couldnít see the reef.
A tanker passing a little closer than we would like, but we were assured by the captain via radio that he will miss us.