9 22 N 79 57 W
Arrived at Shelter Bay Marina on Saturday, Feb 13 after an
early (4:30 am) departure from Chicheme Cays in the San Blas. We
wanted to have time to explore the Chagres River before going into the
Marina and the early start gave us the necessary time window to take Sea Mist
all the way to the Gatun Dam at the top of the Rio Chagres. The river is
absolutely pristine jungle with deep water (over 30 feet/10 meters) all the way
up the 6 miles. Because it was early afternoon, we did not experience any
monkeys which are in abundance in this parkland. We did see many birds and very
interesting “water walking” fish scurrying out of our way.
We have completed all of the bureaucratic/paper work steps
of our Canal Transit including paying $1750 of which half will be refunded
after the transit as long as we don’t damage the canal facilities or
other untoward things that they take the deposit to cover…just in case.
We are likely to schedule the transit for early next week but have not yet
concluded on the date. Right now the Admiral is busy preparing meals to load in
the freezer for the Pacific crossing.
More to follow as the days progress.