Click this link if you want to start at the beginning:
FIRST BLOG ENTRY
If you want to start at the beginning of our trip:
START OF TRIP
If you want to see the story of our trip from South Carolina
(where we bought the boat)
to Lake Ontario Click this link:
It's true... Shelley and I have been travelling for almost one year now. We have traveled some 3,400 nautical miles (3,900 statute miles or 6,300 kilometers). To date, and assuming we won't leave the marina in the next week or so, we will have spent 60 days underway and 305 days in port. Said another way:
The bus was fairly new and as cold as a meat locker. We were "assigned" seats and the man in front of us was travelling with a little girl. Before we even left the station he reclined both his seats so they were literally in our laps! Less than an hour into the trip we stopped for some reason and EVERYONE was ordered off the bus. An inspection maybe? Nope. The driver wanted a rest so the conductor made everyone get off the bus... By this time a few babies had their diapers changed and since the on board toilets were LOCKED, the smell began to mix with the cabbage from one of the passengers meals, which he purchased at the stop. Added to this, the bus had a curtain across the front so we could not see in front of the bus... After some 3000 nautical miles at sea we found ourselves taking motion sickness pills on a bus!
|Everyone gets a map!|
|The RED FROG Beach|
|Bocas Town (where we are staying)|
One day we met up with our friends from Rafiki and 4 Coconuts who are staying at another marina (Red Frog). They are quite far away from town but they have access to a beautiful beach.
For the last week or so I have been feeling unwell. No appetite, headaches, nausea, and as usual a really sore back. Finally after listening to me complain too long, Shelley insisted on me seeing a doctor. There are no English speaking doctors in Bocas, so we contacted a doctor in Admilrante who agreed to see me. He sent us to Changinola for blood and urine tests and ruled out any of the local nuisances like dengue fever, or a parasite.
What he did decide is that my back pain was causing my other symptoms and that over the coarse of 5 more visits he may be able to help... How much?, I ask.
$200, says the doc...
No, he said, for the whole treatment....
For $200 we think it is worth it so when that's all done I'll let you know how things turn out... It would be pretty remarkable after the 25 years of suffering, a bush doctor in Panama figures it out and fixes it with no surgery!
Last weekend, Shelley join our friend Laura (s/v Nylaya) house sitting the marine owners house on the other side of the island. On more than 10 acres his home and property was stunning. Shelley and Laura spent the weekend walking and painting and getting in some girl time. Her husband Jim and I joined them Sunday night before we all came back to the marina on Monday.
|The CHIQUITA Banana Boat!|
|Sloths and Monkeys|
|A GREAT view!|
|Schooner the dog|