| Photo courtesy of Roy Mallen on s/v Lisa|
| Every afternoon on Isla Pinos, up island a bit from Ithaka's nest in Suletupu, the women practiced traditional dances in preparation for an inter-island competition in two weeks time. * * *|
Last week, we purchased the modem over our SSB from Pactor's local representative, Michael on _Iron Lady_, who had it air expressed from the factory to Germany to Panama City. Before he and Natalie set sail for the Galapagos, they stowed it at the Balboa Yacht Club with _Le Petit Prince_, who handed it off to our pal Gringo Joe Logan, an American expat who's the best friend any cruiser could have in Panama, or anywhere else for that matter. He drove it to the national airport and put it on a puddle-jumper bound for the remote islands, and this morning at 6 a.m. we dinghied the five miles to pick it up at the airstrip in Mulutupu. Shipping cost from Panama City: 50 cents. Then, with counsel from Jim on _Asylum_, Frank on _Simba_, Dennis on _WC Fields_, and Gringo Joe, we started splicing wires, and hooking things up, and this afternoon we sent and received for the first time. This never would have happened without a whole lot of help. Tomorrow, if the winds cooperate, after we tuck in the wires, it's time to move on.