South of the Equator Now
29 January 2013 | San Cristobol, Galapagos Is.
carol/blustery ptly cloudy
We had an uneventful trip across the Tehuantepec, the large gulf at the southern part of Mexico known for big winds. Continued on to Cocos Islands where we hoped to do some diving. Due to the difficulty of getting permits for these islands we were only allowed one day there. We had a rest and carried on to San Cristobol, Galapagos Islands, one of the larger inhabited islands in the eastern part of the Galapagos. I had gotten an Autografo last summer to allow us to cruise to three of the inhabited islands so we were met by Bolivar and Patricio for the check-in process. It took about two days but went smoothly and they were lovely enough to give us a tour and take us for lunch.
We did the local tourist things here, did the dive at Kicker Rock and fought with the persistent sea lions coming aboard the boat. Unfortunately, one night we were not awoken by the sea lions, but got up to find we had had been robbed in a very vindictive way. The perpetrators had come aboard and cut most of our important lines to a length that render what was left useless to us. They also took such items as dinghy oars, spare blocs, Ned’s pink crocs, our bucket of fishing gear, all of our boat bumpers, my shampoo and on and on. They were on their way to the outboard motors when something must have scared them off.