Waxing Away on the Tropical Highway–Mister Blue Sky

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Mister Blue Sky Blogged a few days ago that on the Pacific Tropical Highway “tings” are bigger like giant Yellowfin Tuna or twice the size Sailfish …. well the next day he captured King Cong just off the coast of Boca Brava island …. use your imagination and enjoy this natural wonder which is a lava rock sculptured over time by the natural elements … see the carved out shoulders and head figure staring out to sea.

King Cong Rock-Boca Brava Island Panama

King Cong Rock-Boca Brava Island Panama

King Cong Rock-Boca Brava Island Panama

King Cong Rock-Boca Brava Island Panama

King Cong Rock In The Distance

King Cong Rock In The Distance

[caption id="attachment_1122" align="aligncenter" width="860"]Dark Lava Sand Beach-Boca Brava Island Dark Lava Sand Beach-Boca Brava Island

One of Several Cove Beaches On Ocean Side of Boca Brava Island

Hangman's Point - The Hanging Tree - Boca Brava Island

Hangman’s Point – The Hanging Tree – Boca Brava Island

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Mister Blue Sky
Waxing Philosophic In a Panamanian Hammock

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Hola Mi Blogflockers…….Mister Blue Sky is still on the Central American Tropical Highway but …… been so busy between chasing islands and beaches and surf breaks and small resorts and eco lodges in the Bocas del Toro area that there has been little hammock time and energy to blog on blog off ….. here’s waddup:

The Porch off of the Monkey Room-Gone Fishing Panama

The Porch off of the Monkey Room-Gone Fishing Panama

Easter Iguana Hunt First Place Live Trophy

Easter Iguana Hunt First Place Live Trophy

Mister Blue Sky rolled his hammock up over the mountains of Panama last Friday. He left the Bocas del Toro archipelago and the Caribbean Tropical Highway for the Pacific Tropicville Road. Presently staying at “Gone Fishing Panama’, a boutique resort in the Boca Chica area which is the staging grounds for some of the best fishing in the world. The three and a half hour bus ride (or should I say $9 roller coaster) to David (Daaveed) across the mountains takes you from the rainforest jungle with mountain water falls on every curve to the dry season on the Pacific side with cleared hillsides for agriculture and cattle. Size matters on the Tropical Highway of the Panamanian Pacific coast compared to the Bahamas and Caribbean. The fish are more diverse and overall bigger. In fact fish like Yellowfin Tuna get as big as a lot of the Blue Marlin that are caught in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Even the tides are bigger. Over in Bocas del Toro they have 18 inch tides. The Pacific coast in the Boca Chica area has 9-12 foot tides. Its comparing small Caymans to saltwater Crocodiles. But …… the Wahoo Are bigger in the Bahamas….Go Cat Island!

The Pool With Swim Up Bar With Big Screen TV At Panama Big Game Fishing Club

The Pool With Swim Up Bar With Big Screen TV At Panama Big Game Fishing Club

As I posted on the Facebook page Mister Blue Sky was invited by Mr “C” (Mark Charman) to visit his world class world famous fishing resort yesterday; The Panama Big Game Fishing Club, with resident monkeys swinging through the trees. He acquired it about two years ago and has completed significant renovations with new additions to be built in the near future . We’ve shared a few drinks the last few evenings. This is a first class fishing lodge-resort. His clientele fly in from all parts of the world. People with plenty of money but little time. So Mr “C’ has catered this fishing resort to the highest of standards. Check out their website or Facebook page or the pictures posted on my Facebook page. When Mr “C’ is done the Panama Big Game Fishing Club will be second to none (in the world).

Speaking of fishing lodges; I am staying at Bruce Edwards’ “Gone Fishing Panama” boutique resort. One of the first big game fishing lodges in the Boca Chica area after the formation of the original Panama Big Game Fishing Club. Now there are several in the area. I have already extended my stay here by another week because ….

View From Gone Fishing Panama's Bar and Dining Area

View From Gone Fishing Panama’s Bar and Dining Area

Mister Blue Sky's Office At The Gone Fishing Panama Resort

Mister Blue Sky’s Office At The Gone Fishing Panama Resort

BREAKING NEWS: Mister Blue Sky has been asked to mate for a few fishing trips …. I guess showing some pics of monster wahoo, lobster and Crab enabled me to pass the interviews … details to follow and hopefully some photos and videos …. here’s betting that if a Yellowfin Tuna is caught it will break Mister Blue Sky’s biggest ever …. hopefully there will also be Rooster-fish activity …

Mister Blue Sky actually rented a car at the David Airport after busing there from Bocas del Toro. Reserved through Expedia.com with Payless Car Rental. Arrived at Payless to find a note on the door saying out to lunch for an hour and half … waited the time and left without a car since the guy could not find my reservation and had no cars so …. walked 30 feet and rented one from Hertz; drove to Boca Chica and the Gone fishing Panama resort .. about an hour drive. I guess Payless means you pay less because they have no cars …

Gone Fishing Panama has a great set up with a beautiful view looking out from the open-air bar and restaurant. Mister Blue Sky was put in the “Monkey Room” not sure if there is any hidden meaning intended. It is a nice set up … in a separate building with two suites each with large private covered porches. There is a large infinity pool for Mister Blue Sky to perform his laps as well as a very large concrete pier running out to deeper water with a large ramp down to a floating dock … 8-12 foot tides here. Andrei is the chef and bartender when not cooking …. plus can be considered a security-body guard as well if such ever be necessary. He is originally from Moscow. I am told that there are about 3000 Russians now living in Panama. He speaks Spanish as well but very little English. I am getting better with hand signal communications … kind of like air guitar! oh ya … there is a hammock here near the infinity pool …. not sure if I have to wrestle the Iguanas to use it.

Mister Blue Sky has been on the tropical Pacific side of Panama for 5 days and has yet to be bitten by a bug .. no mosquitos … no no seeums … there are bugs here but not the biting type .. unless you count scorpions or tarantulas … the non biters is pretty amazing considering the last 5 evenings have been spent at Gone Fishing Panama’s open air bar area which means basically outdoors with a roof.

The No Bug Biting Bar-Gone Fishing Panama

The No Bug Biting Bar-Gone Fishing Panama

Mister Blue Sky really never blogged about the Bocas del Toro adventure and the essence of that area. Bocas Town on the island of Colon is the hub for all that is Bocas del Toro … Bocas Town is like a very seedy wild wild west Dodge City with a tropical flare. Its Key West without the heritage but then again not …. Some decent waterfront restaurants, decent waterfront party bars a la Utila style .. lots of tourists and lots of back packers hitting the hostels … Very good surfing with quality surf breaks scattered through out the various islands and a handful right on Colon. The scuba diving is …. well …. not worth going to Bocas just to dive .. its expensive and practically all the dives are not in the ocean but rather in about 45 feet of water on the inside of the ocean side islands … plus the dive boats are just pangas and not equipped to go out to the ocean. The fishing industry is about the same as the scuba diving …. hardly a quality boat to go into the ocean to fish and only a handful of guides to take one fishing. Someone is really missing the “boat” considering the large number of tourists flocking in by the hour. There are 10-12 boutique resorts or eco lodges scattered on the various islands making up Bocas del Toro. Plenty of hotels and hostels in Bocas Town. You can not operate without owning a boat unless you want to pay the fleet of panga tour guides to get you there and back … where ever there is …

Mister Blue Sky's View Out Of His Room at Hotel Olas-Bocas Town

Mister Blue Sky’s View Out Of His Room at Hotel Olas-Bocas Town

Well need to stop the presses for tonight to get ready for the first time ever fishing endeavor in one of the best game fishing areas in the world … no guarantees .. its called fishing, not catching, for a reason …. plus as the infamous Walt the Arab used to say on his radio show from back in the day … “its better to be lucky than good” .. although someone once said and many since that .. “luck is when preparation meets opportunity” … but quoting from Mister Blue Sky’s tropical fishing wisdom … “he who waits longer catches longer fish” or more importantly .. ” a successful fishing trip is when you get back to the dock, everything else is just gravy” ….. looks like its time to count fat tunas jumping over the transom in order to fall asleep …

Former World Record Yellowfin Tuna Caught Out Of The Panama Big Game Fishing Club

Former World Record Yellowfin Tuna Caught Out Of The Panama Big Game Fishing Club

Till the next 12 foot tide and hoping to have a bragosiuos fishing story …

Thanks for tuning in Blogflockers,

Mister Blue Sky

Ps Carrie you are the best!

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Hola Mi Blog Flockeros de Bocas del Toro, Panama

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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Well its official … the HAMMOCK is being coiled up to roll down the Tropical Highway …. Mister Blue Sky is finally leaving Utila and the Bay Islands of Honduras …… next, briefly in San Jose Costa Rica …… then Bocas del Toro Panama after 27 hours of travel ……… leaving this Saturday with the out-going tide catching the current to Bocas Town.Riding The Current To Bocas del Toro

That will make 6 weeks based on Utila ….. took 3 scuba diving courses and did a total of 35 dives  ….. took a 4 day diving boat trip to Guanaja … a day trip to West End Roatan …… plus a dive trip out to the Roatan Bank sea mounts which are not near Roatan ….. made 5 ship wreck dives all in 100ft plus depths, biggest wreck was over 300ft long ….. dove on 4 separate sea mounts ….. went to Water Cay 5 times …. spent a day handline fishing for Wahoo in a 32ft Dory (with diesel engine) that was literally carved out of a mahogany tree back in the day ….spent another day fishing for Tarpon and Snook in one of the lagoons ….. competed in 2 Beersbie Championships, one on WaterCay the other at Trudy’s by the Sea….. I also spent many hours swimming harbor laps or snorkeling along the coast …. last but not the least are the harbor booze cruises on Alton’s boat ……..
I did not cook one meal unless you count peanut butter and jelly toasted sandwiches ……… You can eat out for under $7 a day, 2-3 meals …….. an expensive meal on Utila is $10-$12 max ….. you would pay $25-$40 for the same meal back home …… quality steaks, pork or fresh fish ….. tuna-wahoo-snapper-mahi- kingfish-amberkack-barracuda and sometimes marlin is on the menu …… that would be a marlin caught out of a Dory on a handline ……. I learned that at RJ’s which is a barbecue place 30 seconds from where I stayed at Lazy Daze and only open 3 days a week ….. they give you a lot more food if you get take out ….. so I took out more than I ate in at the restaurant …. RJ’s is one of the best places to eat on Utila especially the fresh fish but its all good …… My other favorite place to dine is El Picante …. located on the waterfront on a second story covered terrace…Jean the owner/host/manager creates a great environment and has excellent mexican style food …… even better margaritas …… I also ate a lot of baleadas at either Kings or Donna Rosa’s……. stuffed tortillas with various goodies …… cost $30 -$50 Lemps which is like $1.50-$2.50 US ….. they spill over a full size plate …. meaning they are rather large …. the avocado-lobster is my favorite …… I had many an egg sandwich or omelet at the Snack Shack at Alton’s which is about 30 seconds away as well … Anna makes a great egg sandwich  …..
Well what has Mister Blue Sky been up to for the last week    D I V I N G and D R I N K I N G and _________ I actually went to West End Roatan last Monday on the Miss Trinity, thank you Julie and Mitch for the invite, along with Marlo-Clint-Ralph-Jo-Steve …. great times …… collectively we have Germans, Brits, Canadians and a token American ….after having lunch in West End and picking up one additional Canadian shipmate, Heather who flew in that morning, we dove a ship wreck sitting in about 100ft of water with a reef wall about 30 yards away …….I fed chum scraps to all kinds of snappers, blue runners and a dozen plus Black Grouper weighing 15 lb-45 lb’s  ….. I had to constantly gently push these groupers off of me as they preferred to cover me up and try to get to my chum pale …. plus we had a huge Moray Eel wrap around Marlo’s legs looking for a handout ……. then back on board we had a big sailfish put on a jumping show just off of the boat ….. I have also made 5 other dives during the last week with 2 more set for tomorrow morning …… I have to give a huge shout out to Alton’s Dive Center’s instructors and dive masters …..they invited me to their night dive (staff only)
on the Haliburton Wreck which also sits in about 100ft of water …… incredible experience …. it was also a lot of fun to see all of them have so much fun …..
Mister Blue Sky still needs to down a few shots at a couple of the bars here to earn their T-shirt before he leaves the island. I definitely want a Rehab shirt (or two) …Trust me I spent at least 10 hours of internet time trying to figure out the best way to get from Utila to Bocas del Toro Panama, Little Corn island Nicaragua, as well as try too stay a few days at West End Roatan (no luck everything booked) ….. I have to take 4 planes and stay one night in Costa Rica to get to Bocas del Toro …..all good though assuming it works ……
Hey all …. I hope you are enjoying The Hammock Philosopher’s blog …… I have met a lot of great people here on Utila and most of them have moved on to other parts of the world ….. I expect to meet a lot more in the coming weeks …. feel free to leave any comments or hook up on Facebook …….. lets follow the Tropicville Road and hopefully we will meet at some future intersection on this Tropical Highway ……… MAY THE SMILE OF THE COSMIC WHALE SHARK ALWAYS SHINE UPON YOU
Till Next Tide,
Mister Blue Sky
ps CARRIE YOU ARE THE BEST!
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Who knows about the Green Flash, have you heard about, seen it …….. well tune in to the Hammock Philosopher’s words of tropical sunsetology and click on to the Hammockville Blog page for enlightenment.

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Tropical Dream Job—I mentioned this in my prior blog so here’s video proof…..I have cruised down to Water Cay a few times now. It is one of the small cays located about 5-6 miles west of the harbor at Utila ….. all with Capt Mac aboard his 25ft mellow yellow Panga … he can take up to 15-18 people at a per head fee …… once there he sets up his hammock under the shade of Australian Pines and spends the time chillin’ to music, sippn’ rum, tokin’ up…., readin’, writin’ (no arithmetic) just enjoyin’ each day …. waitin’ to return the flock back to their dock…….that’s a top ten tropical gig!

Till Next Tide,

Mister Blue Sky

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