A sacrifice has been made and the Cougar attacks have stopped. They seemed to find the handlebar moustache of our First Mate Mullet Hawk irresistible. We figure it had to be producing massive amounts of the Latin version of MoJo, which is Mucho Macho. We had to do something and with the swipe of a razor Mullet Hawk was reduced back to Kahlil and the mysterious forces that drove the Cougars into a frenzy has ended, we hope for good. Kahlil is back to looking his old, young self and with any luck he will attract some girls closer to his age, but hopefully not his income status.
Bocas Del Toro has truly been a blast, the waves came to an end, but the nightlife never stops here. Luckily it looks like our date to transit the Panama Canal is May 31, 2008 and we will have to be going. Leaving Bocas Del Toro and the island that never sleeps for some much needed R and R. We think our bodies will thank us for getting back to a normal sleep routine, as many a night was spent dancing the night away to the Latin/Reggae rhythms and partaking in a round of Jaeger Bombs or two.
As always, partying is filled with highs and lows. Sometimes all in one night…Like, playing aerial PK Soccer, where you jump off the roof top diving board, someone throws you the ball trying to kick it out of the air, to score through the swing set goal while bikini clad goalies swing away putting up solid D. Super fun, but then retrieving the ball from a shank you brush an underwater piling covered with razor sharp barnacles and are instantly covered in blood (cause of bleeding in photo from previous post). Then like, taking your dingy from bar to bar, leaving it at the public dingy dock and coming back to it and its gone. We figured it stolen, Kahlil and myself super bummed out, bordering on instant depression, as it has been our ticket to fake surfing and exercise lately. So, we moped on looking for it maybe somewhere else and way up the island there it was right were we locked it up, at an identical looking public dingy dock, much further away then we thought, we were super happy again and I guess time just flies when your having fun. Then like, partying at aqua, everyone having a good time, just taking over the dance floor and we all decide to go back to the Natty M for the after hours party with our crew which has lately included the Canadians of Ryan, Davis and Maggie of Fidelity, who have their own dingy. We all go to leave and some ass hole (pardon my French) stole their gas tank, fuel line and that of every other dingy on the dock besides the Red Rocket (we lock it up, hot tip!), that sucks! So, once again we give them a tow back, but stop at the Natty M on the way back for more fun dancing and who cares about the little things anyway when your having a great time.
It has been raining a little bit lately or a lot as waves of sheet rain just role off the mainland soaking us to the bone. This is a good thing though as we have been at anchor for a good couple of weeks now and our temperamental water maker decided to throw a fit and stop working. So, we rigged up some plastic between our jib sheets and on our tramp to divert the rain water directly into our tanks and its been keeping us filled up with the best tasting cloud juice ever.
The rain is also good for all the farmers in the region as they stop by your boat in the mornings and sell you their latest harvest. Men in hand carved dugouts bring Pinas for $1 each, 20 limes for a buck, bananas and plantains for pennies, starfruit, and kama kama seed pods (delicious and weird, they are in the middle of the canoe). We eagerly snatch these up which we whip into the best fresh fruit smoothies in the mornings complete with local bee pollen for an added health kick.
If everything goes as planed we should set sail tomorrow afternoon and head back out the way we came, back to Colon and Shelter Bay Marina. We will see how this goes, as there is a moderate storm forecast to come across the mainland from the Pacific Ocean and right over us. Hopefully this should bring some wind to the region, as there is basically none typically and save us some gas money. The winds are forecast to be 20 to 30 knots on our beam, which is quite favorable and could make for a quick trip, but we know how wrong forecasts have been in the past and are in no rush to get beaten up. So we will try to keep you updated and promise to sail safe. Cheers – Kyber