We got to Golondrina and after anchoring, Tumshi and Ti Soaz (the French Boat) thought it might be too enclosed and too buggy in the evening. So after a brief stop there, we moved on towards Mono Island. "Mono" in Spanish means monkey - so perhaps this was an island with monkeys. We got there and anchored in this lovely bay - a bit more open than Golondrina, but still with lots of mangroves. Tumshi and Ti Soaz each caught a mackerel (Astarte is only catching very tiny Tunny). Ti Soaz invited everyone over for a mackerel dinner (with Tumshi contributing part of their large one).
Of course, within an hour of being anchored in this bay (no town on shore) - an ulu with a Kuna man and three Kuna women comes up to the boats to collect the anchoring fee. It's amazing how they do this. So another $8 to Kuna Yala. The women were selling handmade baskets as well - and we got one perfect for holding garlic for $2.
After a night in Mono Island - no monkeys - we moved on again to an offshore island. The destination was Aridup - a tiny island surrounded by reefs. It is a pretty little island (actually a few small islands) covered with coconut palms and little beaches. It took a few tries to find a good sand patch to drop the anchor and get it to hold. Several Kuna fishermen came by selling lobsters or crabs. Another boat came by to; you guessed it, collect the $8 anchoring fee. We bought two lobsters for $7 and enjoyed them for dinner. No luck fishing today (other than another few hook ups with the little Tunny).
We had a great swim to a reef and will explore more tomorrow. One Kuna "salesman" will be back tomorrow with Kuna bread and some eggs. We'll probably spend a few days here if tonight is pleasant.
Happy Halloween to all - we probably won't have any trick or treaters - but you never know!
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