this is where i will dream myself to on these "grey days" to come - maybe for the rest of my life.
so when you see me dreamy eyed you will know where i am....in galapagos
some sailors are disappointed by what they find - i fell in love with these islands the morning i was waiting for the sun to rise and could only smell the land ahead of us - the moment two sealions came to greet us in the dark - when the first light of the day woke up the blue footed boobies, the nasca boobies and the frigate birds on león dormido (i.e. kicker rock) - when we drifted for 2h in complete calm waters and listened to the songs of the birds and the waves in crashing in the distance, saw the biggest turtles breathing next to maloo and finally anchored in the sea lion pool of san cristobal.
every day these islands offer a new amazement.
the marine iguanas (finally i discovered why the japanese godzilla, coming out from the sea looks like is does!) that lie in the sun to warm up - the giant tortoises that have seen the years pass in fast motion and the lava streams of the sierra negra changing their world around them - the manta rays flying just under the water's surface....
in no other place have i heard you can play with wild sea lions in the water, when they come to nibble your fins and sniff your diving goggles, or swim with a penguin, snorkel past a couple white tip reef sharks and get up so close to resting turtles under water - all in one day.
when diving i was in a cloud of fish so thick i could not see my dive-buddy just 2m away from me.
I could now write about all the trips we've done and what the anchorages are like....but i reckon its better to stop talking and post more photos!
|a blue footed boobie|
|boobie and sea lion|
|a second later - boobie and turtle|
|lobo...my cuddle sea lion|
|men vs. sea lion vs. pelican|
|los túnneles on isabela|
|one of the famous giant tortoises|
|the carpenter bee - only likes yellow flowers |
(guess which colour most of the flowers have on galapagos)
|fresh water lake in the old crater on san cristobal|
|one of the darwin finches|
|Sierra Negra / Isabela|
|Volcan Chico /Isabela|
|old lava flow (light brown) - new lava flow form 1979 (black)|
on wednesday the 1st of may we will head off for the longest sail we've ever done - the 3000nm to the marquesas.
we hope to do it in around 21 days (taking into account how fast we've done the last trips and therefore changing our old estimate of 26 days)
we will try to update our position every day lunch time marking our "position at noon" and write short notes on how maloo and us are doing.
for us life out at sea meanwhile feels quite normal - so we have little ideas what to tell you what you would not know already.
however, if you have any questions on how life is out in the big blue, things we haven't written about yet - or just want to send us a little (and most welcomed) note then write to us! please use firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to answer via blog!
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have a great couple of weeks! thanks for following us and bye for now....see you in the marquesas!