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 occurred to us that as cruisers we were supposed to be relaxing and enjoying life not just working… So we took an inland trip to Boquete.
There had been so much rain that on the day of our departure we were sent back to Mermaid because the road had washed out and was closed. We left our bags packed and hoped they would open the next day. We took two water taxis to get to Almirante where a van picked us up and drove us up the hills to Boquete. We could see where the road had washed out in several places. It was raining hard and we were quite relieved to arrive at out hotel without washing off the road.
The hotel was a small, lovely boutique hotel. The grounds were beautiful and the staff quite friendly. They had several hummingbird feeders around and we saw more hummingbirds than we had ever seen in one place. They would fight for possession of the feeders and we had a blast watching them. We took many walks and thoroughly enjoyed the cool weather. Boquete is dubbed the “Napa Valley of Coffee” so we drank lots of coffee. They even have a famous coffee that sells for $325 a pound. We didn’t try that one…
Our time in Boquete came to an end all to soon and we took a bus to the city of David to get some supplies for Mermaid. We stayed in a hostel (first for us) and it was fun, funky and very basic. David is not cool like Boquete so it was back to the heat and rain. We ran around town to the hardware, fabric and big grocery stores.
You know it rains a lot in this part of Panama when you show up for your bus and it has a snorkel! We boarded our completely full bus and headed back to Almirante. Every seat on the bus was full but that didn’t stop the driver from picking up loads of locals and school children for parts of the ride. It made the adventure interesting and a bit more fun.