March 23, 2011
There is one big problem with visiting the Galapagos Islands…there is so much to see, photograph, and do that there is no time to keep up with the blog. I have many interesting photos to post (the patient and obliging wildlife here make anyone look like a decent photographer and the volcanic scenery is amazing) but with no internet access on the boat on Islas Isabela or Santa Cruz and rather slow access on land here at Puerto Ayora more photos may have to wait until we get to Hawaii. I will write up the text from the last three weeks as we set off to Hawaii and will post it using the SSB radio.
We have absolutely loved the Galapagos Islands and feel so privileged to have seen so much here. We were also lucky not to be affected much by the tsunami and even in Puerto Ayora which seemed to have the most impact here, the clean-up appears to have been quick. We got to see lots of wonderful things on Isla Isabela and our missions on Isla Santa Cruz (to get provisions, water, diesel, propane, etc.) have been successful so even though we would love to stay longer, we feel that we should be able to leave as planned today (March 23rd). The wind may not cooperate and we have still not decided for certain whether to go north or west first but we will keep the blog posted as we can.
My apologies for overdue replies to emails and birthday greetings…please be patient. We expect our passage to Hawaii to take about 40 days but it depends on the wind so it will vary. We will try to keep the blog updated as we make our way there. (But do not worry if we are out of touch for a while. We cannot be certain that the SSB mail system will work from everywhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!)
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