Another panga came up and wanted to trade for more lobster. He was asking for candy for his child or batteries. We remembered that we had this jar of gummy lobsters that Alyssa’s Grandmother had given us. We thought it was hilarious to trade gummy lobsters for three real spiny lobsters! haha
We threw three more in the boiler and invited our friends Chris and Alena (Green Panther) over for lunch. We all gorged ourselves on two lobsters and an assortment of sides. It was a fantastic meal!
After lunch we all jumped in the dinghy and headed to shore. We only had the 4.0 HP motor on the back so entering the wave-protected estuary was going to be tricky. We tried to time the waves as best as possible but ultimately had to bail out of the dinghy and tow it in. The current was ebbing out of the estuary very strong and we burned a decent amount of gas getting past the small fishing camp and upstream into a secondary channel that was covered in bright green mangroves. We followed the mangrove-lined channel up about a half mile and watched as the fish danced and darted away up- and down-stream.
We then headed back down-river past the fishing camp. The fisherman are very friendly here. One of the guys was trying to lift a huge shark out of his panga and show us his catch, but the beast was so large all he could raise was the head!
We took a long walk on the beach before returning to the boat. We collected some sand dollars and realized that we finally made it to warm waters! We walked in the surf and the water felt like a bath! So excited that we are this far south!
We are getting ready for another lobster dinner with our friends on Green Panther. The towering mountains to the north are spectacular with puffy cumulus clouds over top. A long white sand beach curves for miles to another set of mountains to the south. The wind is blowing less than 8 knots from the NNW. The water here is calm with almost no swell. The temp in the cabin is 78 degrees.
A great day in Bahia Santa Maria. We haven’t checked the forecast yet, but we may stay a while longer….