Since he secured his captain’s license three years ago, Patrick has taken us vicariously to the Abacos, St. Martin, St. Barths, the BVI’s, St. Lucia, Grenada, and the Grenadines. You may have noticed, though, that he’s actually NEVER TAKEN ME WITH HIM!
In truth, I am much more to blame for this. And no, it’s not because I doubt his sailing prowess… Not really.
Scheduling conflicts and Real World demands have always conspired to keep me land-locked during my brother’s seafaring adventures.
Whenever he gets around to charting a course to the spot pictured above, though, you can be sure I won’t be left at the dock.
This is a small corner of the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of some 378 islets and rocks located off the northeastern coast of Panama.
As I mentioned in a previous post, San Blas is “one of those remarkable places where time has virtually stood still for centuries.” To sail here, meet, and mingle with the Kuna Indians, and experience their lifestyle, traditions, and culture, unchanged over hundreds of years, would represent what just might be the ultimate uncommon travel experience for me.
(Enjoying the sweet beaches and pristine waters ringing absolutely idyllic islets like those pictured above doesn’t sound too bad either.)
*Photo credit: Flickr user Jean-Marie Prival.