Finally !!! Escaping from Panama City !!!

The paperwork for the checkout was easy, the airline tickets for the April/May trip back to OR and MT are purchased, the Balboa YC has been paid, we have fuel for the dinghy, we went to the Monday Cruiser’s Pizza Nite to say goodbye to friends (many of who will be catching up with us in the next weeks, or in Ecuador, or maybe they’ll still be here when we get back!) and we just finished our 5 km walk back to the YC (stopping at our favorite Ice Cream store for two big banana splits!)

We will cast off the lines from the mooring ball early tomorrow morning (Tues, 30 Jan) to head to Isla Toboga, where the water will be clear enough to dive on the boat and clean the hull. We’ll get the watermaker restarted and check out the rest of the systems that have been idle since we got into Panama City on 2 Dec, which seems longer ago than the actual 2 months it has been. Then we will be off to the Islas Perlas for six to eight weeks before heading back to Bahía de Caráquez in Ecuador.