Perseverance Transits the Panama Canal

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We were part of a sailboat raft locking up to Gatun Lake

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The approach to the next Gatun lock on the evening of March 15th

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Our excellent line handling crew: Russell, Diane, Kevin, and Milagro.  They were amazing!

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The view from the helm crossing Gatun Lake on day 2

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Perseverance in the infamous Culebra Cut

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Our tug companion for the Pedro Miguel lock

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Russell expertly handling a line in the last lock set (Miraflores), where we were on the sidewall with Saga Adventure close behind

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We made it to the Pacific side!  Michael with Panama City in the background

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Michael and Amanda in Panama City’s Parque Metropolitano

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We were pleased to see this guy as well as another species of monkey, a sloth, an agouti, and tons of birds and leaf cutter ants at the park despite being in the city limits

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Part of Panama City’s Avenida Central

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One fruit and vegetable stand along the way to “old” Panama City (Casco Antiguo)

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The Catedral Metropolitana in the Plaza de la Independencia

 

 

 

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Panama!

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Our first view of Panama

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We counted 42 ships in the outer anchorage outside Cristobal/Colon.  This is Perseverance entering the breakwater.

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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

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This is what most of the city center looks like or worse

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However, this is the touristy area of town

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Our Panama Canal Admeasurer being dropped off.  He inspects and measures the boat for the canal  (to determine how much you pay).

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Amanda used some of the bureaucracy downtime for a canned good audit before the Pacific

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Once we had a canal transit date, we took the weekend off from port mayhem and explored the Chagres River

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Perseverance at anchor about a mile up the Chagres River

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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)

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Michael at Fort San Lorenzo at the river’s mouth

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Another fort photo, you can just barely see Perseverance’s dark hull in the background

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And now back to the fray of Colon for our final Panama Canal transit preparations

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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.

http://www.kroooz-cams.com/portcams/so_america/miraflores1.php

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Jamaica

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A wave on our bouncy crossing from the Dominican Republic to Jamaica

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Part of the local market in Port Antonio, Jamaica

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Our escorts to Montego Bay, Jamaica, they stuck with us for almost an hour

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Perseverance med moored at the Montego Bay Yacht Club

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We met 8 friends in Jamaica for the “Pirate Party”

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The crew and our bus driver making a roadside coconut stop on the way to Negril

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Mike and Paul’s cousin Steve and his wife Wendy were two of our visitors

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On the day of Jamaica’s national elections we took everybody for a sail and snorkle

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Someone even made sure we had the right flag for the occasion

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The birthday crew celebrating back at the dock

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One of Jamaica’s pretty ocean views

And now Perseverance is back to her original crew of two and SW bound…