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Photos Panama to Galapagos

Goodbye to Panama City
Goodbye to Panama City
And so long to the parade of ships marching to the Canal.
And so long to the parade of ships marching to the Canal.
Offshore again.
Offshore again.
Isla Malpelo, belonging to Columbia.
Isla Malpelo, belonging to Columbia.
Visitor
Visitor

A treat we brought along.

Traveling companions.
Traveling companions.
Pilot (I think) whales.
Pilot (I think) whales.
I missed the one jumping out of the water, but you can at least see a whale tail at the right.
I missed the one jumping out of the water, but you can at least see a whale tail at the right.
The faint "cloud" in the upper right is from the whale "blowing" (breathing).
The faint “cloud” in the upper right is from the whale “blowing” (breathing).
Sunset at sea.
Sunset at sea.
For whatever reason this formation makes me think of the lyrics, "I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee..."
For whatever reason this formation makes me think of the lyrics, “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee…”
A treat we brought along.
A treat we brought along.
Followed by briefly slowing down the boat, and a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Followed by briefly slowing down the boat, and a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Blue over blue...pretty much anywhere you look.
Blue over blue…pretty much anywhere you look.
New birds as we get closer to the Galapagos.
New birds as we get closer to the Galapagos.
Red-footed booby that spent the entire night perched here, and returned the next night, too.
Red-footed booby that spent the entire night perched here, and returned the next night, too.
Tim invited him to dinner, which scared him away...
Tim invited him to dinner, which scared him away…
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…but only as far as our other bow.

 

Can somebody help me with the name of this beautiful bird?
Can somebody help me with the name of this beautiful bird?

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This little guy I think is a stormy petrel?
This little guy I think is a stormy petrel?
Land ho!  The island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos.
Land ho! The island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos.

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San Cristobal is 20 miles long, with no sign of humanity (at least from a distance), until the port/town of Baquerizo Moreno, where we are anchored.
San Cristobal is 20 miles long, with no sign of humanity (at least from a distance), until the port/town of Baquerizo Moreno, where we are anchored.
Sea lions (called sea wolves in Spanish) are everywhere.  Quite a surprise the first night to have one climb aboard!
Sea lions (called sea wolves in Spanish) are everywhere. Quite a surprise the first night to have one climb aboard!

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Expecting to take/post lots more wildlife photos in the next two weeks!

Arrived in Galapagos

Tuesday
We made it — just before dark. Anchored in Baquerizo Moreno and made a grand dinner. We deal with the customs/immigrations authorities in the morning.

Five and a half days is excellent time; we were lucky with the wind — we motored just one night, and we had no squalls. Relative to other boats we made better time than the boats that left Panama before us. But two boats that left the same day we did arrived about six hours before us. We think they motored a lot, but we don’t really know… I like that they, more than we, are looked at as the fast boats, setting an expectation that they will arrive first on future legs.

We had our first Galapagos wildlife(?) experience already, as we were relaxing in the cockpit waiting for dinner to cook. Tim heard a sound behind him, and turned around to find himself face to face with a sea lion! Apparently the sea lion had climbed up our transom steps and boarded without asking permission.

It’s hard to believe we are in the Galapagos. The actual experience so far does not match the romantic notions. We’re in a relatively busy harbor with too many lights and too much noisy nighttime activity. But to think we are in the Pacific Ocean, that we have crossed the equator, and we are now in the fabled islands of incredible animals and Darwin’s inspiration — wow!