We are sad to leave Providencia. I had gotten pretty happy with our little life here - beach exploration, rainforest hiking, picnics, snorkeling, afternoon swimming in crystal clear water, lizard watching, people watching, chit-chatting in the town square, leopard ray stalking, hanging out with Livingston and Leonardo, motorcycle riding, and lugging water and diesel jugs. That last part keeps us strong.
The island even gave us a special fireworks display on the 4th of July. Vlad was making us green chili cheeseburgers, and we were both sitting in the cockpit looking out at the dark water when I saw what I thought was a reflection about the intensity and color of a bright green neon light. And then, the tiny green lights were everywhere around our boat. One would rise up through the water, and six more would pop up around it. They would swirl around and dance together and then fade away in a cloud of phosphorescence. The whole thing lasted about 15 minutes, and we’re guessing it was some kind of small creature mating dance. We’d never heard of or seen anything similar, and to think we had been lamenting the fact that we didn’t even have a single sparkler.
So this island has been amazing to us, but onward to new places. We have our wonderful friend Matt to meet in Bocas, and I’ve been dying to try my hand at checking in to Panama. It’s supposed to be even more bureaucratic than Mexico, and I wonder if I’ll finally be able to win the “do you have all your copies?!!” game.
We will have more posts and pictures of Providencia when we get to Panama. Sorry I haven't been able to keep up with it, but the interwebs here doesn't always want to upload pictures. And certainly not the video I took of this guy playing the horse jawbone.