The first island was the Grand Island were the captain dropped anchor and let us explore for 3 hours.
They are SO friendly!! I asked to get a photo with them and they attacked me like their long lost Aunt. I love them!!
More exploring.. I took this photo below of Guillaume, Patrick and Kevin. Three Canadian boys who never met in Canada, but are living the high life in San Blas Islands, Panama. Kevin loved this photo. As soon as I took it, "You'll copy that to me, right?" Hmmm, I'll think about it... of course you ding dong! ;-)))
Finally found a little boat to take us back to the big boat.
Needed to get back in time for dinner and the captain wants to sail during the night to our next stop. I have to admit the staff of 3 for this boat were wonderful. They all work so hard and they fed us very well.
Patrick and a few others were keen to jump off the boat first thing in the morning. The showers are so gross, this is the best plan really. Kevin noticed a kayak on board and asked the captain if we could use it. And now he's waiting on me!
This is just awesome!! It's wonderful to be away from an over-crowded boat.. Included is a bit of adventure by paddling the kayak through the sea.. Kevin went snorkeling with my camera for a bit.. and then I think he told me a minimum of 50 stories... Plus, we got a sun tan, which I can't usually do in my motorcycle suit... H A P P Y !!!!!!
Eventually, and I mean like hours later, we decided to get back in the kayak to check out the bigger island the captain intended us to visit.
Patrick has a super zoom lens and sent me this photo of Kev and I leaving the island in the kayak.
Here we found my favorite Aussie on the beach... Dan! He's been away from home for over 10 years. He rides a Kawasaki KLR with surfboard attached! The boy knows how to live.. hey?
Aha! We can get some coconut!! Kevin is traveling without his machete in the kayak, so we have to let a local woman prepare one for us. Great opportunity to learn, hey Kev?? (I don't see any green ones in her pile.. ;-)
The coconut is so refreshing!! What was even more refreshing was the wine we poured into the empty coconut and then drank that too! ;-))) I am thinking by the look on our faces, we are quite proud of this achievement!
No.. Kevin! I've already heard that story...!! Tell me another one... ;-)
The girls are floating around and I love the shipwreck in the background..
We were so incredibly hot and to avoid bugs, it just felt better to hang out in the water.. This is totally our day in paradise..
We went back to the Independence and confirmed with the captain about how much time before we sail. Kev took the opportunity to load up on wine and Pringles.. smart move! While there, a group of islanders came out in their canoe to sell the captain lobsters. I don't eat lobster, so it didn't matter to me, but all the others were excited. We know what's for dinner tonight and we know that it's very fresh!
We paddled on over to one tree island and set up camp. You can see by the branches on the one palm tree....!!! that the wind has kicked up quite a bit. But still a thoroughly enjoyable place to hang out. I think I like the sand on this island better.. ha! How is that.. our own island is a major special treat. But today we got two islands to ourselves. Amazing!!!!
Conor sent me this photo as we arrive back to the boat.
I told Kevin about this conversation later that night, and he said they came up to him on the boat and told him the same thing. We thought it was sweet and chuckled a bit.
Now.. the group is on to the lobster!