Ole Returns With Boat Parts

Marina Carenero
Bocas del Toro, Panama

Ole got home this morning at about 9:00, with something on the order of 75 pounds of luggage, including boat parts, charts, books, dvds and mail from home. It’s quite the hop, requiring travel from Orlando through Miami to Panama City, then an overnight, transfer to a smaller airport, and a puddle jumper into Bocas. Even so, it’s not quite as adventurous as the 7 hour bus ride to Guatemala City! It sure was great to have him back – it gets lonely without him! We decided to order a new dinghy (thank God) because the Danard pvc dinghy we got three years ago in Florida has virtually melted in the tropical sun. It was supposed to be here today, but, this being Panama, we didn’t get it. The driver called, saying he had to fill up the truck before making the trip – ah well, perhaps Monday.

After a long afternoon nap, we wandered next door to the Cosmic Crab for dinner and a fund-raiser for the local elementary school hosted by Joan and Steve. It was a lot of fun, with music, a live auction, raffles, carnival games, and a trivia contest, raising nearly $1500 for the Isla Carenero kindergarten. As fate would have it, Ole won a haircut. (!) For our $45 bill for dinner and $20 in raffle tickets, we walked out with the haircut, a lunch, and two dinners. Not a bad take for an evening’s fun.

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