Waxing Away on the Tropical Highway–Mister Blue Sky

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Carrie And Val Chillaxing On Cat Island Bahamas

Carrie And Val Chillaxing On Cat Island Bahamas

Mister Blue Sky has received a plethora of requests to post pics from his days gone by on the Tropical Highway of the Bahamas. Most of the Hammock Philosopher’s aquatic tropical wisdom is based on the “cinco” decades of spending serious time on or under the Tropicville Road of the Bahamas. When Mister Blue Sky sees for himself prettier water than that throughout the Bahamas he will let you know. To date there has been nothing close here in Central America. The Spanish named the Bahamas, originally “Bahamar” for shallow sea. Looking out upon the shallow waters of the Bahamas is intoxicating …. too much will cause “tropical liquadic addiction” … I was addicted at the age of seven and still have not shaken it especially after discovering Cat Island and Hawks Nest Resort & Marina 9 years ago. Technically Cat Island is about 40 miles north of the Tropic of Cancer but do not tell that to the surrounding ocean … So Mister Blue Sky will from time to time post images of days past from the Bahamas. The above picture was created by Mister Blue Sky and the images were taken by him as well all at Cat Island. How about the image of the Cat e’ Shack on the cooler! You can click on the picture to enlarge it or click on the top Blog Logo to go to the blog itself.

Happy Tropical Trails and Thanks For The Tropical Memories!

Till Next Tide,

Mister Blue Sky,
waxing philosophic in a hammock along the Tropical Highway in Central America

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Tropical Spring Break Flockers

Mister Blue Sky’s Tropical Spring Break Posers

Hola el Blog Flockeros, I hope you are still out there …I am still alive (barely) and finning in Bocas Town of Bocas del Toro, Panama

I survived zip lining two days ago .. I think I did … the worst part was that you had to type rope across suspended sections of cable, plus 4 inch wide logs connected to cable and then try to walk across a long set of horizontal wood boards connected to cable topped off by a tarzan like swing …… all suspended over extremely deep ravines …… in order to reach different zip line platforms … which there are many zip line runs …. this happened at the BASTIMENTOS SKY ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR. which is located at the Red Frog Resort on Bastimentos Island. This island is a 12 minute boat run from Bocas Town and the majority of it is a National Rainforest Park. The not so sane people that were in my group all said this is the best zip lining in Central America …… so why would Mister Blue Sky give up the comfort of a hammock to partake in an adrenalin rushing-heart pumping-terrifying-death defying voluntary adventure of LunaticLining through a tropical rainforest …. all while dodging red frogs, ducking from swinging mono’s (monkeys) plus collision evading tactics with sloths (non moving of course)?

The answer is that its a damn small planet ….. my niece Laurel and friends’ Central American College Spring Break Tour somehow intersected with Mister Blue Sky on the Tropical Highway here in Bocas del Toro …. so we spent part of the last three days/nights not chill-axing but thrill-axing. They stayed at one of the biggest party hostels in all of Central America, Mondo Taitu (see website link under blog roll). Besides having amazing dinners and drinks at Rip Tide’s and at El Ultimo Refugio’s-great Mojito’s and the LunaticLining we also “chartered” … lol …. one of the billion 25ft panga taxi-tour boats (that are here) for an afternoon of cruising and snorkeling topped off by a visit to the world famous Aqua Lounge Bar and Hostel which is a dockside party zone located on Carenero island … which is about 10 coconut throws from Bocas Town. (see the website link under blog roll)

Modo Taitu Hostel and Bar

Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar


Modo Taitu Hostel and Bar

Laurel at Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar

I want to give a big shout out to these Troppo Spring Breakers from the Tampa Bay Florida area … great times … thank you Laurel, Megan, Ryleigh, Lindsey, Laura, Tracy and their personal male model of the troup, Tone. Thanks for the work out schedule Tone! Happy Trails!

Aqua Lounge Bar and Hostel

Tone and his harem at Aqua Lounge Bar and Hostel


Aqua Lounge
Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar

Ryleigh heading to the Tree-PentHouse at Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar


Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar

Mondo Taitu Hostel and Bar


Aqua Lounge

Aqua Lounge


Aqua Lounge--NOT Mister Blue Sky

Aqua Lounge–that is NOT Mister Blue Sky in the hammock

So this was Mister Blue Sky’s activity for the past few days but “what about…” all the other days ….? What about Bob? What about Bob? …. Well there has been a snorkel cruise, surf break explorations, beach excursions, a dolphin harassment tour as well as a lot of walking around Bocas Town at literally every hour of the day …a great deal of time being mist-on’d, rained on and dodging wet weather … researching the Bocas del Toro area on the internet … hanging out at either La Buga (a combo scuba dive/surf shop plus restaurant/bar) or at Rip Tides (floating restaurant and bar). A short part of this I spent with Ashley, why …? because its a damn small planet! … Ashley was one of my original dive buddies back on Utila 8 weeks ago (previously pictured in an earlier blog) and once again her back-packing path has intersected with Mister Blue Sky on the Tropical Highway … congrats to Ashley for she has a gig with the Smithsonian Research Center here in Bocas del Toro …

I saw a beach that is orange by the way …. Bluff Beach .. renamed “La Playa de Gator” by your’s truly. That orange looks great by the blue waves …. Gator Nation is everywhere! I saw a frog or frogs … one was red the other orange …there are a lot of tropical frogs around here .. lots of species … colors etc. Thus a beach on the island of Bastimento is called “Red Frog Beach” … sounds real attractive and romantic right? There is a beach on Colon (which is actually the name of the island that Bocas Town is on) called Starfish Beach …. yes you guessed it … there are lots of huge starfish … in fact this whole Bocas del Toro area has a Carl Sagan billion large starfish …. which leads me into my next agenda … mañana I head to Shepherd’s or Pastores Island for a few days at the Starfish Reef Resort,its an eco lodge … its about a 25 minute boat run … looking forward to meeting Jack and Kelly the owner/operators of this awesome place (see website under blog roll)

I have taken more pictures than there are pangas here … that is a lot trust me … I will try and post these soon … Mister Blue Sky has a lot of Blog Flockers asking for pics because really for all of us this Bocas del Toro area has been off the Tropical radar … I will hopefully post these soon .. the problem is internet speed ….

One final Tropical Highway note … the vessels that go by Mister Blue Sky’s 3rd floor hotel window (and even anchor out) at Hotel Olas is freaking awesome … from dugout canoes to huge (beyond mega) yachts to the baddest of bad sail boats, a US Coast Guard Cutter, real truck carrying ferries and a Carl Sagan billion pangas plus lots of dingies and one ‘fold-a-boat”.. the boat show is off the planet troppo when you realize where this is … I will post these pics … you have to check them out!

Alright, I have to pack, eat etc. for the speed boat-person ferry to Starfish Reef tomorrow so I will bring this to an alto … thank you for tuning in to The Hammock Philosopher Blog, by Mister Blue Sky

Till Next Tide Blog Flockers!

Carrie you are the Best!

Mister Blue Sky

Bluff Beach

Bluff Beach

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No Description Necessary


Most Recent Neighbor

Most Recent Neighbor

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Hasta La Vista Utila, Honduras —- Hola Bocas Del Toro Panama

To Utila: A drinking island with a diving problem
L.P.D. Utila – Live Dive Party Utila
Hasta la vista Utila y adios a amigos locales me. A todos mis nuevos amigos muchas gracias por los buenos tiempos! Muchas gracias a todos en Alton’s Dive Center.
Until we meet again Utila and goodbye to my local friends. Thank you for the great times to my new friends (from around the world). A special thanks to everyone at Alton’s. Please feel free to send me “friend requests” on Facebook and follow Mister Blue Sky on the Road to Tropicville. I apologize for not properly saying goodbye the last evening but the Utila monsoon swept everyone into their thatched huts, me included. Great memories, thanks to all for letting this Yank share a tank and …. other ‘tings’!

From the classic goodbye saying of the late Roy Rogers and wife Dale with a tropical twist by Mister Blue Sky: “Happy Tropical Trails To You … Until We Meet Again”

This is a picture of Brits, German, Honduran, Aussie and Canadians; all fellow dockdekkers (and new friends) flocking together for the last time at Alton’s to toast the sunset and good times. Cheers, Salud to all!

The Final Sunset for Mister Blue Sky with Fellow Dockdekkers Flocking at Alton's

The Final Sunset for Mister Blue Sky with Fellow Dockdekkers Flocking at Alton’s

Bocas del Toro, Panama:

I arrived at 7:05 AM Sunday morning in bad weather. Took a taxi for $2 to Casa Verde which is a waterfront hostel and was able to get a private room without bathroom for $35 for one night. No comment on the room quality but it served its purpose. I walked around Bocas Town for a couple of hours to check out other lodging and fortunately found Hotel Olas de la Madrugada (see website under blog roll) just a short walk from Casa Verde and moved in first thing Monday morning. Three story waterfront on quieter side of town with open air bar-restaurant over the water and another open air covered porch on second story which is where Mister Blue Sky’s has set up his office and where he is presently drafting this blog posting.

Bocas Del Toro Office of Mister Blue Sky

Bocas Del Toro Office of Mister Blue Sky

$42 tax included for room with ac, tv and good internet plus thin walls. In the Bahamas this room would cost $175 and up. Its now Tuesday morning and the weather is still ugly, but I am truly enjoying my new office perch, 14 boats moored up 400 yards away and a marina with lots of sail boats next to them; plus a local boat cruises by every 30 seconds-most are small panga tour boats with canopies draped or water taxi’s ferrying people around in the mist and rain, a few small skiffs scurrying about all of which are bailing out rain water. I am in no hurry, no commitments, no where that I need to be, so about the weather — NO WORRIES I AM CONTENT.

I may have been too conservative about a boat every 30 seconds, more like every moment and I am on the quiet side of Bocas Town. Its ironic that Mister Blue Sky started his tropical adventure on Utila with the first ten days of rain, mist and clouds, and after two days of traveling in similar weather, its still the same but as I just stated “aino tingmon I be aappy” …… boats boats tropical waters and islands in view with so many “man o war” birds you would think they are seagulls too.

Another Mister Blue Sky Office View on a Misty Wet Day

Another Mister Blue Sky Office View on a Misty Wet Day

If Utila is a drinking island with a diving problem I will have to wax philosophic for proper monicker for the Bocas del Toro area …. it will involve boats, drinking, surfing, zip lining, snorkeling, fishing, island hopping, water taxi’s (no tuktuks) and ………

Panama-its currency is the US dollar, not sure how they get it or print it but that is the official currency. Panama means “abundant fish” … lots and lots and lots of fish on both the Caribbean and Pacific coast. I will finally break out the 12lb spinning rod/reel and my 20lb open face rod/reel that I have been lugging around. The Bocas del Toro area is on the Caribbean side very close to Costa Rica. We are talking about islands and cays and rocks with trees. It is an archipelago which includes more than 30 islands and cays plus another 200 islets. Excellent surfing on the outer ones with many real tropical sand beaches. Bocas Town is the only real town area. It is located on the island Colon. You can ferry in per a very large car carrying ferry or take the numerous go fast people panga ferries that seem to blow by every few minutes plus fly in commercial from either Panama City or San Jose Costa Rica which is how I arrived. This is an all water tropical sport area with lots of tropical jungle critters plus chocolate farms. Food prices are higher than Utila but plenty of $7.50 bottles of Ron Flor de Cano rum. There are several surf camps and surfing schools here. Hotel Olas de la Madrugada has an over head rack in the bar-restaurant area with several surf boards to rent plus there are kayaks, bicycles as well as snorkel gear to rent. As I have mentioned in prior blogs I am traveling heavy, no backpacker here, more like a flashpackersorous. I brought 2 sets of fins, 2 snorkels, 5 masks, 5 rash guards, 6 pairs of board shorts, 3 pairs of polarized sun glasses and a soft tackle box that looks like a giant fanny pack. Hotel Las Olas also have 3 panga style tour boats to run guests out to other areas for ‘excursional’ pleasures.

I briefly checked out the scuba diving industry in Bocas Town yesterday. It is very small and under developed. In my opinion its because they do not want to go out to the deeper water. Which may be directly related to the small boats. They primarily dive 5-10 minutes away inside the barrier islands with 13 meters being the deepest. They do not really go out into the ocean beyond the inshore reefs and only when it is flat calm if they do so. They charge $70 for two tank dives which is almost three times the going rate on Utila which has over 60 official dive sites compared to the 6-8 sites shown on the dive shop walls in Bocas Town. One of Alton’s type boats would mop up the diving business here because there are a lot of touristos. Deeper water is not that far away. By the way Bocas del Toro also have Whale Sharks that pass through seasonally but hardly any one goes out to them, so little chance to experience the cosmic smile of one.

Mister Blue Sky’s eyes are getting tired trying to type and watch all the aquatic transportation units cruise by at the same time so I am dropping the anchor down on the first blog posting from Bocas del Toro. A few last comments … on Utila primarily with my association with Alton’s Dive Center I was never socially alone … it was a social club in many ways, lots of friendly people. That probably may not be the case here, at least for a while, unless I hook up with some aquatic operation in one of the islands outside of Bocas Town (and when my niece Laurel and her friends show up in a few days). So keep those comments, postings and hellos coming from where ever you are on our planet, they are much appreicated. I hope you are enjoying the Hammock Philosopher Blog …… My agenda here is to find that next occupation opportunity (tropical) for Carrie and I before the sun truly sets … so wish me luck and then come visit!

By the way Bocas Town … my early impression is that of a (somewhat seedy) wild wild west, 1800’s, type of frontier cowboy town … a tropical Dodge City. Instead of horses its boats hitched up all along side one another, beating against each other in the wakes of the boats blowing by …. then there are the actual traveling cruising boats now moored up or docked at the few marinas … much like the covered wagons crossing the plains and camping out for a provisional stay in Dodge City … they are here in ‘troppo’ Bocas Town. Oh ya .. definitely need to bone up on el espanol!

Till Next Tide my Blog Flockers,

Mister Blue Sky, wishin’ he was fish in’ … or may be line zippin’ through the jungle on Bastiemente across the misty way … just $7 water taxi round trippin’

Carrie you are the best!

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