|Cargo ships outside the canal|
We passed them all with Captain Andy at the helm and expertly maneuverer into our reserved dock berth at the marina. After six days at sea, it was nice to be on land...especially when it came to the hot shower at the marina---and this one has one of the best, with huge rain shower heads.
|One marker for the entrance to the canal|
The first thing we found out was the entire country was on holiday for Carnival so arriving on Sunday meant Monday and Tuesday were shot. Then Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and again, most everything official was closed. This meant we could not process the boat's paperwork to get though the canal until Thursday.
|View when crossing the canal by vehicle.|
|Cargo Ship goes through the canal|
|Road to drive over the canal, blocked by ship.|
The first trip to buy groceries, Jake and I took the bus and saw two monkeys. Well, Jake saw one run across the road and I called him a liar, then I saw one going into the brush, actually, I really only saw a monkey's butt. But it was a monkey and I had to apologize to crewmate Jake.
Once at the "mall," and I use that word loosely because for American standards, it was a shabby outdoor group of stores in a long row. But, soon I discovered how cheap prices are here. Shockingly cheap. $1 for a top, $2 for a t-ship, $10 for name brand men’s surf shorts, $10 for good jeans, $10 for leather shoes of a million designs, I was in shoppers shock.
|Shelter Bay Marina: Colon, Panama.|