Category: Our Cruise Blog

Aug 17

Once in a Blue Moon

Our friend Jessamine Lewis came down for a getaway on Mermaid and she didn’t want to miss the opportunity for the blue moon over Bocas. We celebrated the blue moon at the Calypso cantina where Mike joined in with the band for a couple of songs on the harmonica. The next morning Mermaid headed out …

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Aug 12

Hanging in Bocas Town

Bocas is at the end of the road and it draws an eclectic group of ex pats. It’s a great place to just kick back, hang out and watch the world go by. We’ve spent our days doing boat projects, trying to stay out of the rain and keep the flies out of the ointment. …

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Jul 13

Boquete

This was the first time we had ever left Mermaid for such a long period and she seemed quite unhappy about being alone. There were so many boat projects to get done! We worked outside the boat one the rare days with no rain and completed inside projects on the days of rain. It finally …

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Jul 13

Back to Bogota!

We returned to Bogota for Robin’s surgeon to do two (one wasn’t enough?) oral surgeries to complete the process that was begun back in October with her big surgery. We spent eight nights in a top floor terrace suite of a hotel. The terrace was huge and overlooked the park, but it had no furniture …

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Jun 22

When it Rains it Pours!

One thing we learned during the biblical rains in Bocas was where the leaks were. When the skies cleared we spent many hours reseating windows and deck hardware and we’re keeping our fingers crossed but so far so good. We also have the fridge working great thanks to some long distance help from Rich at …

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May 16

We’re Baaaackkk…

After spending the past several months ashore we made it back to Bocas del Toro, Panama. We flew into Panama City and spent a couple of nights and took a room at the Cruiser’s Casa, a high rise penthouse apartment located in the heart of Panama City. We spent the days running errands and getting …

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Nov 12

Bogota, Colombia

We’ve always said that our plans are written in the sand at low tide… Oh, and we don’t make plans any more, just intentions… While getting Mermaid provisioned to sail to San Blas, we got the word that the most recent surgeon we had been in contact with could do the surgery and we needed …

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Nov 12

Back in Bocas

We returned to Mermaid in Bocas after a nice family visit to Alaska and Texas. We spent a little of each day on boat chores but there was plenty of time for exploring town, hiking, snorkeling, hanging out in the Calypso Cantina and checking out local events like the chili cook-off and Oktoberfest at Rana …

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Sep 25

Alaska

It’s hard to find two places more different than Panama and Alaska so it was in interesting place to visit for a couple of tropical cruisers. It was cloudy and cool and we never quite adjusted to the temperature but it was nice to get to hang with the kids, grand kids and grand dogs. …

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Sep 25

The Lone Star State

For anyone who lives far away from their extended family it’s a special time whenever you return to the nest. It took a couple of long flights but we made it back to the Lone Star state for a family visit. Our great friend Jessamine picked us up at DFW and allowed to stay at …

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