Posts Tagged "Central America"

Panama Canal

On there morning of January 11, 2015, we entered the Panama Canal. In the morning we traveled through Gatun Locks and Gatun Lake. In the afternoon we traveled through the Culebra Cut, under the Freedom Bridge to the Pedro Miguel Locks. After passing through the Miraflores Locks  we entered the Pacific Ocean. The total transit lasted 10 hours. The activity in the canal was always bustling, from the work of the canal tugs positioning the cargo ships before they enter the locks to the Mules guiding the ships in the locks. Still there were tranquil moments when a bird would land as if there were...

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San Blas Islands, Panama

Our second stop on this voyage was the San Blas Islands, home of the Kuna Indians famous for their brightly colored Molas. The island that we visited was called Carti and was only reachable by tender. When we arrived on the island we found many Kuna Indian ladies set up along the 2 main streets selling their Molas and posing for pictures for one dollar. The buildings on this small island we constructed of either wooden planks or thatching and the main mode of transportation was by dugout canoe. Scattered throughout the village were solar panels and satellite dishes. It was an interesting...

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Panama Canal

On January 9,2014 we entered the Panama Canal at 6:30am.  Although this was our sixth time at the Canal, we still are amazed by it’s wonders. The transit was completed by 4:00pm.  We stayed in Gatun Lake for a short while waiting our turn to proceed thru the canal. Once on our way we passed several dredges that are constantly working to keep the canal clear. At Gamboa, we saw the Titan Crane, which is used to repair and move the lock gates. The canal is operated by water and gravity and during this transit we got to see mother nature in action as a rain squall came over the ship at the...

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