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feet and watched large oil tanker
being put through the locks. The road
between Gatun and Cristobal was beautiful
and followed along the old French canal.
Saw an iguana run across the road
in front of us. The palm trees interested
me and the rest of the party had a
laugh at my expense when I said "Oh!
look at that lovely palm tree with a
concrete base" Many of the coconut palms
had coconuts on them. After spending
a couple of hours driving around we returned
to Colon and went thru the much-
talked-of Commissary Store there and
a few other stores -- all chinese, I think.
I bought a bottle of talc powder at a native
store for 65¢ & a pair of colored [grass? glass?] bath slippers.
Then we had more drinks -- this time
beer -- and then hired another car
to drive back to Coco Solo inn. It was
5:30 P.M. and being tired & hot took
a cool shower on the Chaumont. My!
but I was hungry too. This "world-cruising"
certainly does give one an appetite!
After dinner turned in but couldn't sleep as
Bill still had the duty and had had the 4-8
A.M. watch this morning and the day's duty
from noon to-day. He was tired too and
turned in but was called twice so gave
up trying to sleep until after midnight.
He was called again at 4:15 A.M. so I didn't
get much sleep.
Wednesday Oct 6th Temp. Max. 95 Min. 82
I got up at 5:30 A.M. so as to see
everything -- they said we would enter the
first lock of Gatun at 7:00. Had breakfast
at 6:15 with Bill. Watched the approach
into the canal -- how gorgeous it all
was -- one could see back toward the
Atlantic, green tropical foilage on each
side of the entrance and large, clean,
red-roofed lock buildings ahead set in
among well-kept lawns and flower bed. The
Gatun locks -- 3 of them in series -- were
huge and everything was operated with
electricity. It took only 50 minutes to
pass thru all 3 of the locks and then