SpinSheet Magazine October 2016

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huge hanging termite nests, iridescent blue butterflies, and the call of howler monkeys in the distance, it was a true jungle adventure. At the other end a lagoon opens up, and civilization appears with an unexpected tiny fabulous French restaurant. Dinghying back after dark was a seriously spooky experience. Flashlights glared off the droplets of 100 percent humidity. The putt-putt of the outboard and the splish of our wake mixed with the jungle’s creepy nighttime sounds as we slowly groped our way back though the tunnel. With a huge sigh of relief, we neared the end of it and caught sight of Celebrate’s mast lights. As we arrived at Colón for our Panama Canal transit, we realized most visitors to Panama are just thinking of the Canal. We hoped they would also have a chance to sample the stunning cruising in Panama’s 300-plus San Blas Islands where we found the genuine “Tropical Island Paradise” fantasy! #

##Kuna women paddled out in their canoe to sell us molas.

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