Yesterday, winds were topping out at 30 knots and rolling waves were hitting us on the beam.. Rolly poly was an understatement, but luckily it subsided after about 10 hours. I've invested well in lots of Bonine!
The plethora of boats was astonishing. Everywhere you looked...boat after boat. I took loads of pix, but the camera just couldn't capture and do justice for what the eye could see. It was a sight to behold and I can't even stand the suspense until we actually go through the canal in a few weeks with the fam!
Our radar screen is laden with ship after ship. All of those orange blobs are freighter boats (which can range from 600-900' in length) with the exception of the fuzzy blobs in the middle..haha. That's rain.
Here's another view.. All of the triangles are ships. If I click on a triangle on the radar screen, it will tell me the name of the boat, its size and where it's coming from and headed to. I love that part!
After hangin out in the "waiting room," we headed to Flamingo Marina, (snagging a slip was like pulling teeth... Muy popular here!) but we first had to hang out in the ocean (I'd prefer to call it the canals "waiting room") for about 30 minutes while we waited for a boat to leave the marina. This is due to the entrance being small, shallow and narrow. We then headed straight for the fuel dock (only 5' underneath us!) and finally to our slip. They are packed in here like sardines, so we only have a slip for a few days and then we will move to the Balboa Yacht Club to use a mooring over there. Never a dull moment! This is due to a storm surge they had this last year which wiped out a lot of their docks. Many of them are still in a state of repair. We don't have water or electricity to hook up to at this marina, but luckily we have our own generators and water maker.
Here's one of the docks under repair. Luckily ours was finished so we didn't have to navigate this craziness!
The garbage area of the marina.. Ick!
The local promenade which is full of people out to celebrate the Panamanian Mothers Day.
A local restaurant where we enjoyed noshing on some Panamanian fritters. We Sat outside along the marina and enjoyed a nice lunch. Olé!