It was a crazy two weeks with all our guests here.  The day before our transit we hired our friendly taxi driver, Roosevelt, to take us all to the canal so we could see it from a much different perspective.  They have a museum and observation platform.

This is the gate between the first and second lock.  It shows the difference in water depth.

This is the gate between the first and second lock. It shows the difference in water depth.

Cindy, Austin, Nicki, and Gary

Cindy, Austin, Nicki, and Gary

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After transiting, Austin and Nicki spent a few days with us on the Atlantic side.  We hit up the beach first thing and on the advice of our marina office we found a taxi that would take us to Fort Lorenzo six miles away.  That same person said we would be able to catch a taxi back.  NOT!  It was pretty remote but we lucked out and a tour van offered us a ride back.

Fort San Lorenzo

Fort San Lorenzo

We next took the ferry across the canal and boarded the historic Panama Canal Railroad to take us back over to Panama City for a few days.  It was a beautiful ride through the rain forest and over parts of Gatun Lake.

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This was the dining car.  Free snacks were provided.

This was the dining car. Free snacks were provided.

We spent a few nights in the city before Austin and Nicki had to leave.

The Fish Market was a food truck.  The best food we had in Panama City by far!

The Fish Market was a food truck. The best food we had in Panama City by far!

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Panama City lights

Panama City lights

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Panama City skyline

Panama City skyline

We hired Roosevelt to take Gary and I back to the boat since it was Sunday, the train was not running and our other option was figuring out the bus.  The ferry also was not running so instead of being in the locks or looking down from the observation platform we were now to experience them from another perspective.  Riding in a car over the top of the gates.  We had no idea cars pass on top of the first gates on the new locks and the last gates on the Gatun Locks in order to cross from one side to the other.  I think we’ve seen enough of the locks now!

Fair winds

Cindy