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Cruising Active Transport
We left San Francisco on September 7th 2008 and are off to see the world in our Tayana 37 Pilot House cutter.
Active Transport's Photos - Cocos Island
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Cocos Island appears out of the mist.  We had seen it on radar for a couple of hours but the island is almost always shrouded in clouds and sees a lot of rain.  We had timed our approach to the island so that we crossed the 12 mile barrier in daylight.  There are reported to be a lot of illegal fishermen working the waters inside the park boundry at night and they leave their lights off.
Here is Active Transport riding on one of the National Park
Within minutes of when we picked up a mooring an inflatable came roaring around the nearest point with a coast guard guy and the park ranger.  Both were extremely friendly folk.  The ranger is standing in the front of the boat getting ready to do his "king of the world" act.  He had a very unusual name that neither of us can remember mostly be cause we never referred to him as anything other than Fidel.  Our two day stay at Cocos Island was expensive.  The charge was $75 per day for the two of us and the boat.
This is the stream we had to wade through to reach the rock that was inscribed by Captain Morgan.
The path climbed the adjacent hills giving us occasional glimpses back at the boat on it s mooring.
The path is maintained by the rangers who also made some signs for the benefit of visitors.
After about half an hour the path started getting pretty primitive and John decided to throw in the towel and walk back to the boat.  Shawn pushed on but later said that John had made the right decision. Part of the path consisted of rappelling down a cliff.
This rock is carved with a message left by "Pirata Morgan".  It was located near the small coast guard station near our anchorage.  The coast guardsman on duty told me that there were quite a few more of these inscribed rocks but that the others were harder to get to.  Seeing this one involved wading through a rushing stream.
This tiny coast guard station  (Base Chatham) is where the Coast Guard keeps an eye out for arriving yachts and other boats.  It looks a bit ratty from the outside but was spotless inside with a very clean kitchen, a bunk room and a living room with a picture window on the bay.  They even had a shower that got its water from a pipe led up to one of the waterfalls.  The coast guard guys let visitors use the shower.  I guess the hot water heater was not working the day we were there,  burrrr.
Here is John with Marco the coast guard guy on duty when we arrived.  You may think he is dressed casually but he put on his shorts and shirt for the photo.  Jockey shorts seemed to be the standard uniform of the day at this outpost.
One of many beautiful vistas on the island.  Dive boats from Puntarenas can be seen in the distance.
Another beautiful view
This befuddled young booby showed up perched on our cockpit rail one night.  John was tending the food on the gas grill when he felt a tapping on his right hand.  It was this goofy bird looking for a hand out.  The biminni cover for the cockpit and all the surrounding stainless steel and artificial light seemed to have this bird really confused so that he was unable to figure out how to extricate himself from his perch.  John finally took a boat hook and gently pushed him off the rail and he flew away
This is one of John
 
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