Day 4 – Isla Floreana

A morning featuring a double rainbow is pretty much a guarantee that the day is going to be a good one. Our first stop was Post Office Bay, where in the late 1700’s pirates placed a barrel for mail to be delivered by other sailors passing through. Kind of an honor-system mail service. The old barrel disintegrated and has been upgraded since, but you can still place your mail there for eventual delivery by other passer’s through.  Most people in our group sorted through some post cards and looked for something to deliver back in their home country, but we headed back to enjoy the beautiful desolate beach.  If you don’t get your Galapagos post card from us, it’s still in the barrel (really.)

Later we crossed the island of Floreana by foot. We stopped at the dried up lagoon in search of flamingos, but they had flown to better lakes. Across the island, we could see tons of sea turtles from the beach.  We also managed to find our first eel, but it was being eaten by a crab. I think I know a few people who would pay a lot of money for an eel-stuffed crab.

Next up was snorkeling at Devil’s Crown. They didn’t say why it was named this, but Jason and I decided it was due to the strong currents. Luckily, Dina had decided to stay on the boat with Bode, because he wouldn’t have been able to swim here. Strong currents do make excellent places for fish to live. And, for sea lions to play diving games with you. Three sharks, too!

That night, we anchored off Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz – the largest town in the Galapagos. It was a pretty quiet Sunday night, but we did find an alley where they set up food stalls. We plopped down with some of our our shipmates for some cervezas and soaked up the local scene. We intended to get back to the boat early, but Bode fell asleep on dad’s lap and we decided to see how long the street food would keep coming…

4 thoughts on “Day 4 – Isla Floreana

  • January 30, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Whoa, that’s a big bird, what 15 20 feet tall??

  • January 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    rainbows and pirates and sharks and cervezas! these are a few of my favorite things … XO

  • February 1, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Whoa…that’s a full-on double rainbow! (if you’ve seen that Youtube video)
    Great pictures – I was showing my six year old daughter all of them. She is fascinated by your trip! Loves all of the animal pictures.

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