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 used to the heat and humidity but found time to visit our favorite ice cream shop and savor our favorite frozen concoctions on the planet. Gran Clement is a must see the next time you in the neighborhood. It located on a small street in the Casco Viejo section of Panama City and is a great place to stop in, cool off and savor the creamy goodness. Robin’s go to selection is basil ice cream, yep basil. Even Mike who’s not a big basil fan says it’s good but he went for the frijol de vanilla, that’s vanilla bean for you hillbillies. We had planned on taking the bus back from Panama City to Bocas because we had a boatload of bags full of stuff and the puddle jumper airline charges out the wazoo if your bags weigh over 30 pounds but after sober reflection on the all night bus ride we booked tickets for the 40 minute flight and sent our bags cargo. We found Mermaid patiently awaiting in her slip at the beautiful Bocas Marina adorned with flags and banners out there by Paul and Pam on Tug Tub welcoming us home. Robin was so glad to be back aboard she did a jig on the foredeck when she climbed aboard. Bocas has two seasons, rainy and rainier but we enjoyed several days of beautiful sunshine and managed to get in a great snorkel one afternoon between boat projects. One project we were very excited to complete was the hanging of our Tlingit Mermaid that John Katasse carved for us. We spent several evenings up at the Calypso Cantina enjoying a cold Balboa when one night none other than Mr. Jimmy Buffet showed up at the next table. Not sure if it was the heat or the Balboa beer, but we didn’t even notice Jimmy sitting right by us. In fact, not one cruiser in the marina bar noticed him! What are those odds? The Bocatoreans were all atwitter with Jimmy sightings in Bocas Town and Robin got to spend some quality time with him when they shared a ride in a water taxi a couple of days later. Jimmy climbed in, turned around and said “Hi, I’m Jimmy” as they chatted all the way to town. Our camera rule aboard Mermaid is “don’t leave home without it!” Oops, Robin broke the rule…

Andy on the Steel Drum

Andy on the Steel Drum

Bill Cooking Conch Fritters

Bill Cooking Conch Fritters

Caught in the Rain!

Caught in the Rain!

From John Katasse

From John Katasse

Happy Birthday Pamela

Happy Birthday Pamela

Moon Over Bocas

Moon Over Bocas

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!

Home!

Home!

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