Post Office Bay
Post Office Bay, Floreana
After breakfast Chino gave us lift over to the beach. Just off the beach itself, a short walk along a path is the Post Office of Post Office Bay
In the 18th century, whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. This is the crew of the Lancaster on a mail drop in 1917. Today visitors leave post cards and look to see if they can take cards back to their home country to post or even sometimes hand deliver.
Just next to todays box is the site of the original one.
Roberto opened the box.
The tradition continuing today as Daniel and Lucas sort through the bundle for cards with German addresses. We had fun as we read some of the cards, A few had requests to leave until next year and a couple to take in 2015.
Igor and Irena sort through and take all the cards with Canadian addresses and Janet and Bob look for those with Pennsylvanian.
We walked further on and passed the remnants of the old cannery.
We followed Roberto along the path to the opening to the Lava Tunnel. Steep steps took us underground.
We went as far as the water, strange to see no bats, a strange picture of me..........as we head back out.
Next we trotted up a path to a lookout. Bear shows us the light. Great views.
A happy chap en route.
A very handsome boy.
Bear went up to the platform, I sat in the place the Baroness loved to sit and watch for ships passing by. Down on the left was the area she had chosen to build her Paradise hotel for millionaires – a project that never happened as she disappeared with one of her lovers. Time to go back to Vision for lunch and get ready to go snorkeling around the Devil’s Crown – Corona del Diablo seen below.
ALL IN ALL THE POST BOX IS A WONDERFUL TRADITION