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Coba Libre Adventures to Aus
Lonesome George

We took a walk up to the Charles Darwin Centre on Santa Cruz to see Lonesome George, who isn't so Lonesome anymore he has two ladies with him at the moment and they are trying to get him to mate as he is the last of his kind left ? He doesn't look like he wants a bar of them, he was on one side of the pen and they were on the other. We didn't actually get to see his face, we are going to go back early in the morning when it is cooler to see him again hopefully moving, We did manage to get a few pictures of his mates ! You can't believe how huge they are and move very slow....

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Land Iguana
05/15/2012, North Seymour Island, Galapagos

Yesterday we took a day trip to North Seymour Island to see the Frigate Birds, The Blue Footed Boobies and the Iguana's, You can't believe how close you can get to these animals, they aren't bothered at all ! We also went to a lovely beach in the afternoon and saw Flamingo's in the wild which i have never seen before.

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Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island
05/11/2012, Academy Bay

We had a fantastic sail to Galapagos, it only ended up taking 7 days at sea, We had the wind in our favor and managed to save most of our fuel, well i think we only went through half a tank. We arrived late in the evening and our friends from Morning Glory and Nakesa came out in there dinghies to show us a better spot to anchor, It is so rolly in Academy Bay and its open to the sea so not very nice. We had loads of birds following us the whole way to Galapagos a Red Footed Boobie landed on our boat it was so funny watching it try and balance on the bow ! We also have now crossed the Equator which is exciting it was 10am in the morning but still had to have a tot of rum to Neptune, We are now in the South Pacific !! Wohoooo !!

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Las Perlas Islands

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On our way to Galapogos
05/07/2012, In the Pacific

We are on day 3 at sea sailing towards the Galapogos Islands, we have seen some amazing wildlife so far - a couple of sharks, lots of birds, dolphins and a turtle, The Pacific is teaming with wildlife its amazing, more than the caribbean sea anyway.
The first few nights at sea were very wet, lots of lightening all around us and lots of rain, its the first time we have ever topped up our water tanks to full with rain water and it only took around 15 minutes! We have been in contact on the radio with two other boats Samsara and Clementine. They are two Australian boats but we've just lost contact now as we are ahead of them by a few miles, we are waiting for them to catch us. We also got a massive marlin on our hook yesterday but thankfully it flicked itself off, it was the biggest fish i have ever seen on the end of a line, we were very grateful it got away because i couldn't have dealt with it.
A few hours later we caught a lovely sized tuna so we had that for lunch today and it was delicious, although I'm still pining for a Mahi Mahi (Dorado , its my favorite). It's coming up to 5 o'clock and we have taken on a tradition from Sulana which is drink time (tea usually) and listening to some Desert Island Discs Ahoy for now, another update coming soon.

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05/12/2012 | Audrey and peter
I bet you're glad to be there after that long sail!!
Off to Las Perlas

This is what i will be doing the 4 weeks at sea ! Haahahhaaa, this sloath was up in La Playita Marina on top of the electricity box with its baby but we didn't manage to see it !

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I don't think James would have picked this one up, This was just before going through the Miraflores Locks !

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This is the view of Panama City from the anchorage !

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Panama City

We have had such a great time in Panama City, but i think we are just about ready to leave. All the provisioning is done and i really don't want to see another supermarket in the next 4 months of cruising which I'm sure we aren't going to see anyway ! We have installed a new water maker for the Pacific, we were lucky enough to find one second hand in Shelter Bay Marina for only 750 dollars what a bargain, it beats carting 5 litre water bottles back and forth from supermarkets and trying to find taps everywhere we go. We have also been waiting for parts from England for our wind generator which came quickly only 4 days until the parcel arrived. So its only fueling up with diesel and water tomorrow morning then off to Las Perlas Islands.

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04/27/2012 | Audrey and peter
Safe sailing. Love the pictures

Our Team !

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