Day 131, Year 1: Carnival in Panama City
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2006
Weather: Changing with Arrival of Humbolt Current
Air Temperature: 83 degrees F daytime, 76 degrees F nighttime
Water Temperature: 67 degrees F—Yikes!
Location: Balboa Yacht Club, Balboa, Panama

Today was the second day of Carnival here and we just returned from a late afternoon, early evening trip to Via Espana to join in some of the fun. We left the Balboa Yacht Club at 4 PM and headed into town via taxi. The taxi took us right to where the action was taking place and before 5 PM we were enjoying the floats in the parade. The Queen and her Court were first in the parade. The theme of tonight’s parade was traditional dress, so each float or group of people walking in the parade were wearing their traditional best. It was great fun with everyone squirting water and throwing confetti.

This morning we moved the boat to the dock to fill up with diesel and water and wash down the boat. Early in the afternoon, we took a taxi into the Albrook Mall near the University of Panama. I went to get more drinks (beer, water, coke) and to buy the plastic baskets I will use to store the fresh fruits and vegetables we will purchase on Monday. We are slowly but surely capturing the necessary items. We plan to leave for Las Perlas Islands on Tuesday and stay there about a week before heading for the Galapagos.

The weather is changing here. The Humbolt current has brought in cold water which has lowered the water temperature seven degrees since we arrived here in Balboa. This has also caused a red tide in Las Perlas. This means we won’t be doing much snorkeling there but hope we will have time to relax and get organized for our passage to the Galapagos.

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