|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."