Galapagos UpdateWarm and Sunny
03/22/2012, Puerto Ayora
Thought I would give a little update. Haven't moved anywhere as we are stuck in one spot as I said before. However we have done a couple of excursions. Yesterday we took a bus ride north to the other side of the island then boarded an old but nice boat to take us to Barholome which took another 3 hours. Our guide, David, did an excellent job explaining the transition of the island over the past thousands of years. We climbed a hill and looked out over all of Bartholome as he pointed out all of the several craters and their ages. After our climb we went snorkeling and cooled off. The boat captain and crew were in partnership with our guide and the crew fed us a very nice breakfast, then after the swim we had lunch and on our way back they provided a snack to go along with our cerveza. Best production to date. I have included a picture of our arrival here in Puerto Ayora. All for now.
Orcinius station GalapagosJohn
03/18/2012, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
Well here we are in the Galapagos. Tried to update the blog but there may still be a point or two that are slightly off so will fix when I have Internet. I was on early yesterday but I think it was connected through a fleet of boats that had their satellite set to broadband. Hope I didn't cost them a small fortune. Serves them right for having an open wifi system.
Crossing the Equator and CeremonyLisa
03/16/2012, Barely Across the Equator
From Slimy Pollywogs to Trusted Shellbacks
Before Crossing the EquatorJohn
03/15/2012, Darn Near the Equator
Well it is my task to describe the before the crossing and it will be Lisa's task to describe the crossing and aftermath. So here we go! So far we have spent four and a half days at sea and tomorrow we will be pulling into Puerto Ayora the Galapagos. I just heard talk of the ceremony, no action. Today comes and things start moving. Donna has the task of making up the certificates and the three women start planning what is going to happen to King Neptune's lackey (me). Well I don't want to take away from Lisa's thoughts so will leave it alone. Suffice to say fun was had by all as you will probably see in pictures on this blog or on Lisa's facebook after we have a decent internet connection. All from me!
03/15/2012, 120 Miles north of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Well the boobies Lisa spoke about yesterday came to roost. At least 2 of them. I feel sorry for another two who didn't get on a perch before dark because they have followed us all night. The two in the roost on the bow preened themselves until dark then stuck their heads under their wing and went to sleep. The other two flew around the boat the entire time but wouldn't attempt a landing in the dark. Now it's daybreak and the two in the roost have pulled their heads out and are looking around. They might have become so lazy they are just going to ride the boat all the way to the Galapagos. Pretty quiet around here. Haven't seen another boat since early yesterday while passing Isle Del Coco. Suppose there just isn't that much shipping heading south before west. We are still under motor because the winds are so light. As usual I am writing this in the process of getting the latest GRIB files. Well there went one booby, off and flying. Gone for now but should be in the Galapagos tomorrow early AM.