All too often we don’t know a soul in our anchorage and that’s if we’re not the only boat anchored. While we love the solitude, sometimes it gets kinda lonely and we crave some good social connection.
We’re anchored a
stone’s throw from this beautiful |
Isla Contadora beach, surrounded by the clearest
water we’ve seen since Florida’s Dry Tortugas.
explanation begins…. |
Players, left to right, Stephen of Blue Pelican,
Randy and his wife Dawn of Nirvana Now,
Jody of Blue Pelican, and my hubby, Wayne
(and me, not pictured because as usual, I’m taking the photo).
Yet I was so sure we’d meet again, I loaned Jody our treasured copy of “The Curve of Time” a true story of a single mother who cruised in the Pacific Northwest with her five children on a small sailboat back in the late 1920s. It’s an area we cruised and plan to return to, and the book was given to us by an Ellen Anderson, a friend we cruised with there.
Indeed, not long after we completed our Panama Canal Caribbean to Pacific transit, and anchored in Panama City’s La Playita, Jody and Stephen dinghied up to welcome us with a flask of ready-made G&T to drink. We drank to that! We also appreciated their excellent Panama City provisioning and transportation advice. They tipped us off to Fred, the cruiser-friendly English-speaking taxi driver, who we found tremendously helpful in our resupplying efforts.
At Las Perlas’ Ilsa Contadora, Jody & Stephen instigated a game of Bocce Ball and sundowners on the beach, inviting their frequent buddy boaters, Dawn and Randy of Nirvana Now and us. “Bring something to drink,” Jody suggested. “Curry afterward, at Blue Pelican.”
Impressive array of bocce
balls, considering the one we were|
aiming for was pinned below the pink and green pair at the top.
Alas, our team was the green team.
|Dawn’s toss is so lighting fast, she’s a blur of motion. Or so it seems.|
and stylish bocce ball form. |
She was one of the better shots. Really. Usually, anyway.
Funniest shot of the
Jody’s ball ricocheted from a ball, to the
tree branch, nestling in a driftwood trunk.
She was, justifiably, quite proud of it!
|Randy and Stephen look on, studiously, whilst someone else winds up for their lob.|
Blue Pelican and Nirvana Now are leaving around when we are, though their plan is to bypass the Galapagos and head straight for the Marquesas. We hope to catch up with them again when we get to the Marquesas.
We loved our Las Perlas anchorage (N08.37.393 W79.01.870) off Isla Contadora and its idyllic beach. Thankfully, we were able to get our v-drive to cooperate and, as of March 2nd, we were humming along at 6+ knots to the Galapagos. NO7.19.703. W79.22.200. We estimate it will take us about 10 - 14 days, sailing 1,000 miles 24/7. Today, March 4th, we entered Lat N04 - Galapagos is @ the equator (0).