Archive for July, 2008

Float plane at Balboa Yacht Club!

Last Saturday afternoon a different sort of ‘boat’ arrived at the buoys of the Balboa YC. The float plane was from Canada on its way to Iquitos on the Amazon River in Peru. It taxied into the moorage and tied up to one of the available buoys to top off its fuel for the rest of its journey; it had previously stopped for fuel in Louisiana and Belize. There were some problems, as not all the right officials had been informed of the plane’s arrival, but by Tuesday morning – with paperwork completed and full fuel tanks – the plane taxied across the channel and took off into the air.

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The air plane from Canada tied up to a buoy.

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Gasoline being delivered down the dock in large plastic (and leaking!) barrels. The local go-fast boats have been doing this for weeks. Many of us consider this to be a bit stupid and dangerous. But the airplane was not allowed to carry their fuel down the dock in large metal drums because the “Jet A” (just kerosene) was considered “too dangerous”. The plane ended up being filled with normal diesel from the pump on the dock. The gasoline delivery for the go-fast boast will no doubt continue.

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Monday morning we woke to fog. This is a ship entering under the Bridge of the Americas in the fog.

July 4th Celebration

The local VFW chapter here in Panama City put on a great 4th of July Celebration for the many US residents here (the Canal transferred from the US to Panama 9 years ago but many US citizens chose to remain in Panama to retire, so there is a large group of expats living here). The meal consisted of barbecued chicken or steak along with salad and rice.  Over 1000 (!!) dinners were served.  The Balboa YC opened the bar in their not-quite-finished brand-new restaurant facilities where the festivities were held. Therefore there was a roof over our heads for the late afternoon rain!

After dark, about 8PM, fireworks were shot off over the water and Bill and I, along with Shirley and Frank (Windsong), went down to the long dock to watch them. For us they were right overhead and quite spectacular. This is the first time in many years that Bill and I have been in the company of enough Americans to participate in a real 4th of July Celebration and we enjoyed it very much.

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There was a large group that celebrated the 4th of July at the Balboa YC.

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The food was served buffet-style by happy servers and cooks.

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We watched the fireworks right overhead and so close that it was hard to get great photos, but Bill did manage to get some.