April and Kevin in Kuna Yala, the northeast coast of Panamá

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Walking on Water, to church

On 12 December, Kevin went to a Patronales (patron saint) mass at a community on the western coast of our gulf. It was at low tide. As you can see, a bit too low for the boat.

(Eduardo, sporting church clothes and a Panama hat, walking our ride over a sand bank)

Eduardo hopped out to walk us through the parts where the motor couldn't run because it would hit the sandy bottom. You can see our island behind us, and we have about half that distance yet to go to the coast. We walked for a total of about fifteen minutes to get over the various sand bars.

On days when the tide is great, the highs are very high and the lows are very low. This was such a day. When the tides are very small, the highs can be four feet less than on the big days, and the lows four feet greater than the very lows. So sometimes spots can be passable at low tide (when the tides are small), and sometimes not. You just have to know the tides, read your tide table, or be willing to try to walk on water.

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