2020 - "Plans are written in the sand at low tide"

Tue 25 Aug 2020 16:10
I'm writing this from Baile an Fheirtéaraigh.  We hadn't anticipated being home again so soon, having returned to Panama in mid-January 2019, but Covid-19 changed our plan to set sail from Shelter Bay marina in March, taking the South Pacific route, reaching New Zealand by October, and visiting the many island countries en route, spending time exploring.   Lockdown in Panama was very strict, and Shelter Bay marina manager, JuanJo Boschetti and his marina team were incredibly on top of things, keeping us all safe. Their compassion and kindness even extended to the anchorage, where they brought provisions out to boats which had to quarantine for two weeks before coming into the marina.  The marina community pulled together so well, making all the difference to our day-to-day living.  Some French, Aussie and NZ boats did choose to transit the canal and make the Pacific crossing, and many other people flew home before the airport closed, leaving their boats in the marina.  Our time there during lockdown gave us opportunity to do many jobs on Luna Quest, and make many friendships and great memories. We got a repatriation flight on 10th June to USA and back home where, like the rest of the World, we'll wait and see what happens, putting our plans on the back-burner for now.  Meanwhile, the following posts are some photos of our time in Shelter Bay, exploring the beautiful nature in the jungle surroundings.