Sunday, January 27, 2013

Goodnight, Sweetheart. It's Time to Go.

Our last look at the San Blas. Sniff, sniff.

We knew it was time to leave the San Blas Islands when the tip fell off of the speargun somewhere in the waters surrounding Salurdup Island. We spent three and a half months sailing through these islands, meeting some amazing cruisers and Kuna, snorkeling through some of the best reefs I’ve ever seen and just zenning out on the sand, palm trees, repeat blissfulness of it all. However, all good things must come to an end, and when your speargun breaks in the San Blas the end comes more quickly than expected.

Some things that we will miss about the islands:
-       The reefs!
-       The awesomeness that is protected (i.e. behind a reef) tradewind sailing. It’s so good that even I don’t get seasick.
-       The spearfishing.
-       The wonderful people we met. (I’m especially talking to you, Reach, Infinity and Kaya! We are so sorry that we didn’t get to say goodbye.)
-       Giving random Kunas rides to Nargana.
-       Not having to lock up our dinghy or our boat for that matter.

Reasons we are ready to leave:
-       The lack of cheese.
-       Three months without a decent internet connection. It sounds trivial, but it gets old after a while.
-       The inability to take a long walk without going in circles.
-       The fact that the Kunas own all the coconuts. We are really looking forward to being able to pick up a coconut off the beach, break it open and eat it without starting a trade war.

In summation, the San Blas is probably the only place we’ve cruised that we feel ready to leave. Not because we didn’t like it, but because we were finally in one place long enough to see most of what we wanted to see, to get a decent understanding of what the place was like and to come out the other side feeling fulfilled. Plus, it's one of the few spots where when saying goodbye it really makes sense to quote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - "So long and thanks for all the fish."


  1. wait, but......
    We want to see you before you leave!

    We'll bring you cheese and nori if you say yes! (I am not kidding......)

    1. We want to see you too! But it looks like the timing is going to be off by one day. We get to PC on the 8th, and you guys leave on the 7th. Boo.

      And, Loki, we heart you mucho! Your offer of cheese is incredibly sweet and enticing!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful trip! We've been following your updates all along :D. Hope your trip through the Panama Canal goes smoothly!!

    1. Hey, Dani! It's been such a long time since I've responded to any commenter, so thanks for being persistent. I'll let everyone know the date we are transiting and the website where you can watch us go through.

  3. Had to laugh about the CHEESE comment - half of our cruising budget goes to stocking up on good cheeses - haha ;)

    Mark just picked up the guitar the other day after too long of a long hiatus. Miss you guys & continue to pine for a cool ukulele someday.

    Enjoy the "other side"!
    ~Michele & Mark

    1. We miss you guys! And good cheese makes the world go round in the San Blas.

      Maybe the next time we meet up you guys will have a uke too, and then we can really go crazy!