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Seals and Sea Lions
01//06/2010, Wreck Bay, San Cristobal, Galapagos


13//06/2010 | Lori Baxter
Love reading about your adventures. I feel like I'm in the middle of a good book, and can't wait for the next chapter. Maia and Zoe, I can now say I know more about sea lions and seals. Happy sailing. Lori
Seals and Sea Lions
01//06/2010, Wreck Bay, San Cristobal, Galapagos


Getting Diesel
31//05/2010, Wreck Bay, San Cristobal, Galapagos

Yesterday, we had diesel delivered to our boat.
What an experience! We had envisioned the process somewhat differently.
The agent who helped us sign in to the Galapagos told us that he could make arrangements to get fuel delivered right to Gromit. There are no docks or marinas here for cruising boats. He told us that his guy would bring out 20 gallons jugs and that he would, with his hand pump, pump the fuel into out tank.
We thought that all this would be done from the boat which was bringing the jugs of fuel. Silly us!
So, we weren't ready for the 100 or so gallons of fuel to be placed on our deck. Diesel was leaking everywhere and I was running for a tarp and rags.
The men, who'd brought a hand pump, began pumping from the first jug. Their pump had an inline filter and having heard many stories about the consequences of dirty fuel, Michael also had it run through our Baja filter, just to be sure. After the first jug, the pump stopped working. The flow slowed down so much that one of the fuel guys suggested we use just a hose. Yup, he set is up, leaned over and siphoned the diesel with his mouth to get it going. He had to repeat this a few times and Michael and I wondered how much diesel he was taking in.
Here in the Galapagos, there are two fuel prices. The national price, for the people, is about $1 per gallon. The international, for the boaters, is about $3 per gallon. The fuel purchase, which includes a receipt, is supposed to go through the Port Captain's Office, to make sure that the correct price is paid by the boaters. We have a strong suspicion that the process for acquiring our fuel was not the proper one. We did pay the higher price, but wonder about who pocketed the difference, which we believe should have gone to the Port Captain's office. We are going ask the guy who arranged the fuel about our receipt. We'll see what happens.

20//06/2010 | Diana Prentice
Greetings to all of you. Just got caught up on reading your blog, enjoying the pix and commentary immensely. Love and warm wishes from all of us along the dock at Jekyll Island.


11//06/2010 | Nat McHaffie
Hi Mike and Cornelia,

I was talking to Dennis today and hearing his Galapagos/burned feet stories. Great to tap into your blog which I'll follow now. I am - of course - admiring and envious of your adventure. I had a few years in Vacouver with a truly delightful job but I'm back in Toronto and a quieter life. I was in Morrocco in the spring and yesterday got my airplane back in the air.

Happy sailing



03//06/2010 | Diane
Loved the kids' stories! And yours too about the diesel experience! As is often the case, hapless tourists suspect they are getting taken to the cleaners, but they never really know for sure! The adventure continues!


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