Finally home at Red Frog Beach

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Anchored at Escudo de Veraguas, we woke to a scene of jungle, cloudy skies and stirred up waters. I grabbed snorkeling gear and swam to shore with Jonathan following behind.  We wanted to see what conditions were like to make sure it was safe for everyone else in the water. Because of the storm the night before, visibility was about 2 feet, and a swift current pulled to the west.  We walked on to shore and found a giant turtle nest, a huge trident trumpet shell and lots of debris from the storm, but it looked safe for the family.

We returned to the boat and everyone got ready to snorkel out. By now it was lighter and we could see abandoned huts on the  island.


We all swam across, and explored for a while. Tons of loaded coconut palms, magnolia and bread fruit tress were everywhere.  Banana trees where bunches of young green bananas hung and beautiful white lilies covered the landscape. The huts were in great shape and most likely belong to the fishermen who come and stay on the island. We didn’t see any pygmy sloths unfortunately but will return many times again and when it’s not so stormy we’ll venture farther into the jungle. Six of us grabbed a coconut and we swam them back to the boat. Mycah swam hers back water polo style 🙂


At this point I made a big pot of oatmeal with sliced bananas in it and we all enjoyed breakfast together then set sail for Red Frog Beach.

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Once again we were visited by dolphins.


During the 5 1/2 hour sail we were rained on most of the time.  I love stormy skies, and the way the water looks when raindrops hit it.

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As we approached Isla Bastimentos, our home Island, all the creatures gathered around to see the dense jungle, and were so excited to finally be coming home.


Men in dugouts paddled their way across the ocean in the rain, and a family in a motor boat passed.

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It stopped raining for a little while and the mist lifted off the rainforest.

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When we pulled in to Red Frog Beach, children from other cruising families ran down the dock to greet us,  and it felt so good to be home. After showering up Danny and I joined some friends for a birthday celebration and all the kids from 3 different boats gather on one of the boats for a movie and popcorn.

Another amazing day. I am so grateful we made our passage safely. We love our life on the water.


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