Bastimento by Moonlight

Just got back from a quickie trip to Bocas where we spent 2 days with our good friends Char and Pedr.  They are true boat people who divide their time between their sailboat on Isla Carenera in the winter and their sustainable fishing boat in Gustavius, Alaska in the summer.  Not a bad life.  Dennis got to practice his sailing skills and I managed to stay out of the way.  Bocas is a little hot for me, but it was nice to sail around a bit and spend the day on Red Frog Beach at the Palmar Tent Lodge.  Considering we are 5 capable adults with a lot of experience between us, it was comical that not one of us had a flashlight to maneuver the trip back down the beach, through the jungle and back to the marina to take Shannon’s skiff back to their boat.  This was a trust walk if ever I went on one.  Focusing on not stepping on any little red frogs (dangerous to their health and mine), we followed the sound of the surf until we reached the jungle path and then had a perfectly magical walk guided by stars to the marina.  How Shannon found the tiny opening through the mangroves to reach Char and Pedr’s boat is a testimony to his sailing expertise.
Many people love Bocas, but for me, it’s a bit hot, crowded and full of touristy shops for the younger crowd, which is a 180 from the mega trash problem and poverty that surround it. I loved watching the very eclectic mix of folks riding bicycles all around. (sure miss my Townie) I also learned 2 new skills; tying a batik parea into a dress and making paper cranes.  Char, who is a woman of many skills (sailor, fisherman, artist, masseuse, world traveler, bumper car babe and parade crasher to name a few) patiently wrapped and unwrapped me until I had the perfect dress for the steamy tropics.  We also had  the most wonderful meal at a place called the Casbah in Bocas Town and will return there on our next visit. Fresh tuna for the boys and por las mujeres, pollo en cognac y pollo en salsa de curry enjoyed with a lovely Malbec.   A visit to the Riptide boat bar while waiting for the boys to pick up boat parts and make a stop at the local surf shop was a nice way to spend the afternoon as well.
So much to explore here.  Next adventure:  cruise to Colombia, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonnaire next week.
Wish I had more pics to share, but as you know, my camera, only works sporadically, and didn’t like the humidity of Bocas Del Toro.  Love to all and see you soon.
“THOUGH WE TRAVEL THE WORLD OVER TO FIND THE BEAUTIFUL, WE MUST CARRY IT WITH US OR WE FIND IT NOT.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Young schoolgirl waiting for the boat taxi to take her home
The ride to Bocas
Street life
Char and Pedr having a refreshment at the Riptide
Riptide Boat bar and restaurant
Does this really need a caption?
Dennis learns a new skill
View of Bocas Town from the sailboat
Ropes
View from Carenara
Bocas lifestyle
Boat traffic

About Rona True

Welcome to my blog. My name is Rona and I live here in Boquete, with my husband, Dennis. I've been keeping an online 'journal' of our adventure moving to Panama as a way to stay in touch with friends. As the universe is wont to do, my path crossed with some serious bloggers who have been encouraging me to step it up a bit with my technology, and so here I am; a novice blogger with a penchant for the spiritual path. Panama is a perfect place to recover the pieces I left along the way as I raised a family, had a career in teaching, and generally followed the 'responsible' road. I travel a new road now and each day brings a new awareness. Panama is a land which brings the senses alive. The culture, warmth of its people, sights and sounds are the stimulus for my journey. Without my incredible husband, this would not be possible. We breathe the same air on this adventure and I invite you to come along for the ride.
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1 Response to Bastimento by Moonlight

  1. Kris C says:

    Ahh, so that's what you have been up to! Very cool… err… except for the heat 😀

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