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Sleeping Giants and Smokin’ Pistols

Published on March 30, 2013 by in The Pacific

In the moonlight, and more as dawn approached, the silhouette of El Salvador came into focus. Mountains, but not just any mountains, come right down to the sea. With the wind on my beam and a starboard tack, I had an unobstructed view all to myself, not a soul was awake aboard the INNcredible Sea

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Costa Rica – the Formalities of In and Out

Published on March 25, 2013 by in The Pacific

Costa Rica is beautiful and its west coast has too very distinct parts: the lower half gets 260+ inches of rainfall annually and supports the healthiest forests I have seen coastside; where the upper half has six long months of drought each year and I am passing through in its fifth dry month and if

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Costa Rica

Published on March 17, 2013 by in Paradise

March 17th is so very special for us Fitzpatricks as well as all other fellow Irish clans. For us, twas my Da’s birthday. But for all of us a time to reflect a bit on that Irish blood that courses through our veins. Ah, today I won’t be anywhere near a bottle of Fitzpatrick wine

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Sitting on top of the world in Lake Gatun

Published on March 16, 2013 by in Paradise

Closing Doors Behind Lead to What Waits Behind the Doors Ahead Sitting on top of the world in Lake Gatun, the world’s largest man-made lake when it was built almost 100 years ago, we’re through the first set of three locks and it’s dark. A long day, after a long week of anticipation, our first

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Sharks Guaranteed – Coiba, Panama

Published on March 15, 2013 by in Paradise

Leaving Ensenada Naranja on a run for Isla Coiba, Panama’s closest likeness to the Galapagos, we saw snakes, yellow-bellied poisonous sea snakes en masse floating as we passed by miles out in the ocean. Not big but deadly. Moments later dolphins teasing us with their speed and agility water-dancing all around the boat. Rays flying,

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Big Storm hits Panama’s east coast

Published on March 7, 2013 by in Paradise

Near Hurricane storm brewed up in the Caribbean and sent its fury headed toward Panama. After months of peaceful weather sailing through the Windward Islands, across the top of South America and along the east coast of Panama, the first real sustained storm hit last Saturday night and just broke today (Wednesday). Our timing purely

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Columbus was here in 1502

Published on March 2, 2013 by in Paradise

This deep long bay (Bahia)  gave refuge from the sea for Columbus on his fourth journey to the new world in 1502. He found this bay perfect and called it Puerto Bello. A hundred years later Puerto Bello became the major port for the shipping of gold and silver from the Spanish colonies of South

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Basura

Published on March 2, 2013 by in Paradise

Basura aka garbage is scattered throughout Paradise. What is it about people everywhere that allows them to live amidst their garbage. One can’t blame all the garbage on the Kunas, after all this is the westernmost part of the Caribbean and due to the ever-present easterly tradewinds is the recipient of all the crap that

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