Finally, it appeared that the upcoming Tuesday offered us a weather window worth looking at; winds were forecast to pipe up again, not to their usual trade-wind strength, but to an acceptable 15 knots from the east. Sold! It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough. Along with Lynda from Simba and Lisa from Sand Dollar, on Sunday and Monday we scurried to the fruit and vegetable markets, and loaded our boats with hard mangoes, firm peppers, green tomatoes, green bananas, hard melons, and all the other fresh foods we wouldn't be seeing for a while—there are only rare villages in the San Blas, and those have few supplies. Finally, Ithaka was ready. Simba was ready. But Cade and Lisa on Sand Dollar decided they needed a few more days near hardware stores to finish some important boat projects, and they vowed to catch the next window. Tuesday, as soon as the sun was high enough to illuminate the reefs, the two boats waved good-bye-for-now to the third, and we pulled up our anchors.