Monday, July 30, 2012
We have traveled close to 3,000 miles in the past four months, stopping in five different countries (I'm including Key West because it is its own republic, after all) and generally have gone nonstop the entire time. Sure, we did some exploring. We saw the sites, met the locals and practiced our bad Spanish, but really this has been a whirlwind tour - all surface with not a lot of depth.
But Bocas del Toro has given us time to pause, to reflect on where we want to go from here. We are in a land free from the dreaded hurricane, full of other cruisers, where parts are somewhat accessible and the coast is peppered with tiny islands, coves, bays, lagoons and reefs ready for discovery. In short, we are going to stay in Bocas for the next two months while we cruise the area, work on the boat and try to find some work ourselves to top off the cruising kitty.
It will be interesting to slow down and actually live in a place for a bit. Will we like it in Bocas? Most likely. Is it a good place to spend a couple of months? We will let you know. Will our cockpit cushions ever dry? Probably not. (Aside: It will not stop raining here. It just seems to go from a slow drizzle to a fine mist to a deluge with very few dry bits in between. Bettie is starting to smell like bread dough rising and not in the good way!)
Oh, and if you just happen to know someone who needs some boat work done in Bocas, let us know!!