Posted on May 17, 2017
We’re back to the land of internet, hanging out at Shelter Bay Marina while we clean up, restock, and get organized for our Canal transit. We hope to not go through the Canal for a bit–there’s still some exploring we want to do on this side of the Americas–but in the meantime, enjoy the views of a month in Guna Yala.
Just a couple of shades of blue; this is off Yansaladup, with a Guna ulu on the reef
Solar oven bread!!
Bananas ripening under the bimini
One of the long-term cruising boats down here is trying to populate a sand island with coconut trees, to keep erosion at bay.
Haircut day; T is in charge
Navigating in to a tight pass; the higher up you are, the easier it is to see the reefs
Traditional Guna sailboat off Green Island
Nargana is a Guna town that’s not maintained a traditional way of life. We happened to be there over a holiday weekend, when most things were closed, so it wasn’t a great provision stop for us; we were also pretty horrified by the sanitation issues. There’s no real garbage disposal available, so the water is full of trash, and you can see it all piled up among the mangroves. Also–those little huts built over the water? Outhouses. No swimming here, people!
Low-tech choices–Windscoop and solar oven in action
Snorkeling off Sandy Cay
Towing everyone to a reef for snorkeling in the East Holandes
In Nargana, everyone gets their water from one communal tap. Mostly, I just liked this guy’s hat: newspaper, with a cardboard ring to secure the newspaper and act as a sun shade.
We occasionally got massive rainstorms. If your dinghy’s full of water, it’s just an opportunity to do some laundry!