Our first view of Panama
We counted 42 ships in the outer anchorage outside Cristobal/Colon. This is Perseverance entering the breakwater.
Colon, Panama is not very safe for gringos, so we did most our sightseeing from a taxi going from office to office to clear into the country and set-up our canal transit
This is what most of the city center looks like or worse
However, this is the touristy area of town
Our Panama Canal Admeasurer being dropped off. He inspects and measures the boat for the canal (to determine how much you pay).
Amanda used some of the bureaucracy downtime for a canned good audit before the Pacific
Once we had a canal transit date, we took the weekend off from port mayhem and explored the Chagres River
Perseverance at anchor about a mile up the Chagres River
Dinghy exploration of a tributary, we were less than 10 miles away from Colon but very much in the wild (think crocodiles, howler monkeys, birds, and insect song)
Michael at Fort San Lorenzo at the river’s mouth
Another fort photo, you can just barely see Perseverance’s dark hull in the background
And now back to the fray of Colon for our final Panama Canal transit preparations
Michael recoiling our rented lines for the canal
If you want to try to catch Perseverance going through the Panama Canal on a web cam, here is one of the links to the last lock’s camera.
The time to be watching would be Wed March 16th in the early afternoon. We can’t pinpoint a time, but we should be in this lock sometime between 11 AM and 2 PM central time on Wednesday.
Adios for now, our next post will be from the Pacific side…