Over to Playa Caracole (Northwest Anchorage)
After 2 nights in the Palay Galeon anchorage, we were hanging around
the boat on our third day there, when a cruiser from another boat
came up in his dinghy and told us that someone had requested that
we move. Specifically RHAPSODY was parked more or less directly in
line with the airport runway on Contadora, and I guess our 55' mast
was causing some concerns to the pilots that were taking off and
landing there. So, we moved over to the other side of Contadora,
the northwest corner, to the anchorage at Playa Caracole.
We thought at first that we would only stay one night at this
new anchorage. That day we met, and went over and had cocktails with,
Phil and Leslie, on CARINA, also joined by Jan and Wietska from
SUWARROW BLUES. We all traded info and plans and talked for a few hours.
The next morning, we found that we were not ready to leave yet.
Instead, we spent a good part of the morning talking about
our plans. As we end our time in Pacific Panama, we have a lot
to do to prepare to Transit the Canal, go back and Visit the States,
and prepare for our time "on the other side", in the Caribbean.
We've especially been hearing very good things about the San Blas
Islands and were looking forward to going there, as well as Bocas
Del Toro, and points beyond.
But then something happened, a spate of good weather, a walk in the town, whatever,
and we clicked to the fact that we were
already in a paradise, and all of a sudden it seemed like a bad
idea to rush out of here. We didn't really have a lot we wanted
to DO here. We just wanted to stay a little longer!
So, we ended up spending several more nights here in this northwest
anchorage of Isla Contadora. As I'm writing this on Friday, Sept 12th,
our plan is to finish these webpages, enjoy one more day in this lovely
chain of islands, do the dinghy drill this afternoon, and then pull up
anchor tomorrow morning and head back to Panama City.