Plodding Along; Galapagos Part III. 06:39:97S 102:12:11W
The weather Gods have been kind to us since the last entry,
with little or no rain and bright sunny days with a gentle cooling breeze. We
have sailed most of the time with a few brief periods of motor sailing. The
wind has been light Trades so we have been reaching at between 4 & 8 knots
SOG (mostly in the lower range), including a favourable 1 to 1.5 knot South
Equatorial current. There is a gentle ocean swell of around 1 metre. ETA Nuku
Hiva is looking likely to be around the end f the month, unless the winds pick
up over the next few days,. Which incidentally they are forecast to do in the
next 36 hours. We shall have to wait and see what
We have now travelled 840nm since leaving Galapagos, with 2250nm to go on the Rhumb line. We are both making the most of the relaxing environment we find ourselves in, and are devouring books and playing Suduko, in between meals, sleeping and “playing” with the computer. Crew in particular has been making the most of the lack of “tippy uppy” and has been turning out some simply stunning meals. Whilst at the same time producing some additional, “easy serve”, meals for the freezer. These are to be saved for the less benign weather that we are sure will come along at some point in the future.
So talking of computers, I have been sorting out suitable
pictures for the next episode in the drama series…Galapagos Part III.
The boat had travelled overnight to our anchorage in
After a three course breakfast, we enjoyed some light snorkelling
in the crystal clear waters. Then it was off to the shore for some more
exploring before it got too hot. This was just as well, because it was on this
Despite this desolation the
So over a three year period all of the goats were “dealt
with” buy rangers in helicopters with high powered rifles. This was
because they were not an indigenous creature, having been brought
in originally by farmers. Then turning feral after these early settlers abandoned
The Local “ rather Phallic” cactus is now thriving in amongst the lava fields, there are numerous rock plants, as well as many beautiful Lava Lizards, and as soon as you get close to the shore line the two “stars “ of the show……………………..
First up the marine Iguana……………These prehistoric creatures are so ugly and ungainly on land. But when you snorkel and see these guys under water. Well they are still Coyote ugly…….but boy are they great swimmers. Mind you with a diet of algae scraped of the rocks it is hardly surprising they are ugly. Wouldn’t you be?
They are cold blooded creatures, so after a full gourmet al a carte Algae “blow out” they come ashore to bask in the sun to warm themselves up once again, before heading back into the water for another gastronomic “tour de force”.
But the biggest star of them all on this
These exquisitely coloured crabs are abundant on the
foreshore. Well actually that is not correct. It is more like a Crab version of
the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”,
but without the music and not quite so intimidating! The adult crabs are
between 3 and 4 inches shoulder to shoulder, up to a max of 5 inches wide
including the legs. They are, as you can see, brilliant orange and red, and
have yellow and “Daz” white undersides, with flashes of electric
blue. The iris of the eyes is a violet colour set in a white and black bulging polyp.
Vivian Westwood would be insanely jealous of these guys outfits……They
remind me more of an
Oops, I have completely blown my picture budget on this blog entry. Only another 1853 pictures to go………………………..
Next up, Bartolome………………………