Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Great Escape

This is what we have been missing.

Could it be? Are we actually getting to leave Panama City? Are we really going free from this awful anchorage that never fails to wake me up at 5:00 a.m. when the ferry blasts through and that turns into a bumper boat course when the wind kicks up? After three or four days extended into two weeks, I was beginning to wonder.

But we've got the alternator back, installed and working better than ever. We have a new high pressure hose for the watermaker in our possession after a comedy of Panamanian proportions. (If you've ever tried to get anything repaired in Panama, you'll understand what I mean.) We have full tanks of diesel and lockers stuffed with food. All that's left to do is pick up a touch of gasoline and to top up our water tanks, and we are officially out of here.

We are heading first to the nearby island of Taboga and then to the Perlas Islands for a few days. From there, we will either head straight for El Salvador, or we might stop at a few more islands along the way. Of course, Panama City has a way of pulling you back into her clutches, so we will see if we make it out of La Playita. Wish us luck!


  1. oh geeze, you guys have been staying in La Playita? Woof. Although I gotta say, I loved looking up at the radio control building up there.

    Skipping Costa Rica, huh? Good call. =)

  2. Yeah, it's a little rough over here, and I can't say we will look back fondly on this anchorage one day.

    And, yes, we are for sure skipping Costa Rica. We were thinking about popping in there, but after weighing everyone's cruising experiences there we decided against it. Plus, there's a lot of theft in Golfito right now, which we just can't afford. So El Salvador here we come!

  3. Beautiful picture! How could you want to leave? Good luck on your escape :)

  4. Thanks, Kelley! Our escape has been made, and maybe we will see images like the one above again soon.