We have hired agent Roy Bravo with Emmanuel Agencies to handle the canal transit. He will take care of most everything--from immigration and customs to tires (fenders) and line handlers. We decided to hire two locals to handle lines because I am so stressed about going through. These guys will be quick and strong and focused on the job. I have been through the canal twice on others boats and Gene has been through five times, so we know what we're in for. Unfortunately, both times I went, there was some drama and damage, so I am nervous about this. I think some of my anxiety comes from being tied to a dock for three years. It's going to be strange to let go the lines and let Peregrine take to sea. We are still not sure of our route--we are going to let the weather and our feelings decide as we go.
The Canal inspector came today and measured Peregrine and approved us for transist, so I guess we really are going to leave what I have considered home for some time. I will miss Panama very much, she has been one of the best stops we've had. Transit is usually scheduled for about ten days after approval.
My life of wandering at will in the magical jungle is coming to an end and I know I will mourn my loss.