Flight of Aghavni

a Topjian family traveling journey

Vessel Name: Aghavni
Vessel Make/Model: Oyster 485
Hailing Port: Easton, MD
Crew: We will write about the unique experiences of owning and operating a long distance sailing vessel, and sharing time with family in a meaningful environment of the splendor of God's creation.
About: Aghavni is an Armenian word meaning Dove, which for us has many special meanings.
Extra: It is the symbol of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism. It is the deliverer of new life promised to Noah after the flood. It is the name of our dear neighbor, Ms. Agnes Chapman, who passed away peacefully at age 97. And finally, the dove is a universal symbol of peace in a fallen world.
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25 March 2019

Preparations

Question: Is it cheaper to buy toilet paper in Galapagos or French Polynesia?!

25 March 2019

Mass

Celebrating a Catholic Mass this morning in Isla Isabella. The church icons are beautifully handpainted, showing the unique beauty from scenes on the island.

25 March 2019

Snorkeling

Getting fitted today for our guided snorkeling trip!

25 March 2019

Tours

Most tours through the islands require a certified national park guide. Here we are on a tour of lava tunnels deep in the highlands.

25 March 2019

Iguanas

Surfs up on Tortugas Beach and the only spectators are marine iguanas!

25 March 2019

Tortugas!

Each island in Galapagos has its own species of tortugas (tortoises). They are amazing. Unfortunately, there are very few remaining in the wild and now ranches are set up to breed and protect these amazing reptiles.

Preparations

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Question: Is it cheaper to buy toilet paper in Galapagos or French Polynesia?!

Answer: Just buy some wherever you can!

We are busy now with our final preparations to leave these islands, and we turn our attention to the longest passage planned to date-3000 Miles!

We have a very favorable weather window this week with the trade winds filling in after a few weeks of lower latitude locations.

Expect us to be off the grid for some time and will try to post before we leave!

God bless!

Mass

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Celebrating a Catholic Mass this morning in Isla Isabella. The church icons are beautifully handpainted, showing the unique beauty from scenes on the island.

We could loosely follow the liturgical order and reading from the Bible, but the Spanish sermon went way over our heads! Still, it’s lovely to worship in different parts of the world.

Snorkeling

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Getting fitted today for our guided snorkeling trip!

Tours

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Most tours through the islands require a certified national park guide. Here we are on a tour of lava tunnels deep in the highlands.

An incredible experience. A few days ago, Mamabear and V went on a 10 mile hike up Sierra Negra, an active volcano! Well done guys!

We are on Isla Isabell which has been our favorite stop in the Galapagos. We have seen everything from Flamingos to Penguins! Sharks to Sea Lions! Pelicans to Blue-Footed Boobies! All up close and personal.

Iguanas

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Surfs up on Tortugas Beach and the only spectators are marine iguanas!

Tortugas!

25 March 2019
Keri Topjian
Each island in Galapagos has its own species of tortugas (tortoises). They are amazing. Unfortunately, there are very few remaining in the wild and now ranches are set up to breed and protect these amazing reptiles.

Most problems are from poaching and non-native species eating the eggs (rats/wild cats/etc).

We are visiting many of the ranches and trying on some shells for size in this photo--Turtle Power!
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