Safiya in Pacific
Safiya in the Pacific Ocean
After an idyllic few days in Las Perlas it was back to reality in Panama City.
This time we were based in a marina so that we could prepare for our week long sail to Galapagos.
Our friends Maggie and Andy had a couple more days with us, so we “did” the Old City with them including the really interesting Panama Canal museum. Wandered about the beautifully restored buildings and squares finding lots of lovely little watering holes along the way!
We hiked up the hill behind Panama City for amazing 360 degree views of the old and new cities and the canal.
All too soon it was time to say good bye to our friends and get on with the job of preparing to go to sea. After another major shop – 4 trolley loads, the fridge and freezer are jam packed as are every cupboard including bedroom cupboards! We could feed an entire navy let alone just the three of us. We’ve been pre warned that food and drinks are very expensive to buy in Galapagos and with a three-week sail after that to the Marquesas we wanted to stock up as much as possible in Panama City where supermarkets are quite westernised and reasonable value.
Listening to reports from other boats in the fleet that have already left there is not a lot of wind, and when we left this morning at 8am the sea was like a mill pond – looks like we are going to be doing a lot of motoring! At least it’s good for wild life spotting, at one point this morning the sea was brown with hundreds of rays and now we are passing through a whole army of turtles.
Today is Mother’s Day (26th), so Happy Mother’s day to all Mums! I’ve had lovely messages from Alice and Grace.
Tomorrow is my birthday and as we run a dry ship when at sea, I will be celebrating with a soft drink. First alcohol free birthday for a few years!! I’m sure we’ll make up for it when we reach dry land.
As a post script to everyone who knew our lovely little dog Jake, he sadly had to be put to sleep last week. He had a tumour on his liver and the vets did not recommend operating because of his age. He was only ill for a few days, and up until then he was still enjoying his 3 mile walks round the village. He had a good 14 years, but we will still really miss him. Poor Sarah had to deal with it all in our absence.