It was very hard to leave El Cid this time around. Each time we go there, we get a little further enmeshed in life there. What a great place to retire - unfortunately, that won't be us for a long time. So with great reluctance, we cast off the dock lines and headed out to Stone Island to get ready for our trip to San Blas. We tried cleaning the bottom free of the barnacles and seaweed growing there, but we just couldn't stay in the water long enough to get the job done. Therefore, we had a very slow ride down to San Blas - all the growth dropped our speed down in to the 4 - 5 knot range. Ouch! The winds were light and of little help, so we had a gentle, slow motor sail down the coast. Surprisingly, we only saw one pod of dolphins, one mom and baby whale, and no sea turtles. We also saw very little boat traffic and no fishing nets - yeah!
We joined our friends on Third Day at their favorite anchorage, the San Blas Estuary. The waters are so calm, it feels like the boat is on the hard. San Blas is a great traditional Mexican town with a large bustling town square that is the heart of the action, day and night. We have all sorts of trips lined up to see the local sights and surrounding towns, so stay tuned for more pictures and stories coming in the next week or two.
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