The fourth day we explored a different island, this time we went to Floreana Island.
A pelican fly-bye.
This Sand Piper was digging in the sand searching for food.
Floreana Iguanas lined up to catch a few rays.
The Floreana Iguanas have different pigmentation.
Typically it is a mixture of black, red, green and shades of turquoise.
Iguana getting cleaned by a mockingbird.
These tiny Jelly Fish were washed up on the shore. I thought that its clarity contrasted nicely with the green and brown of the seaweed.
Grey Heron perched on a cliff looking for prey.
Red-Footed Booby protecting its nest and two eggs.
Blue-Footed Booby. Supposedly, when a booby is unable to find a mate during the mating season, the color of its feet intensify, thus enhancing its ability to attract a mate the following year. Kind of like buying new shoes I guess.
Swallow Tail Gull
A spectrum of colors of Flora
A seaside water blow-hole. When waves crash against the rocks water is pushed through a hole and ejected into the air.
Albatross coming in for a landing. They are graceful in the air, but not so much when landing.
Galapagos Black Hawk.
Sally Lightfoot Crab.
This is the Floreana Post Office. On the island there is a tradition that assists with the delivery of mail. For many years, the Galapagos had only researchers working on the island. When a new researcher arrived to the island they would often bring mail from the mainland. When a researcher left the island they would take mail with them and deliver it to the addressee. The tradition continues, although now tourists are allowed to take and drop off mail. It's not the most efficient system, but it is kind of cool.
Post Office Box.
Just drop a letter off and pick a letter up.
Another turquoise laguna.
Sea turtle playing in the waves.
The lines and colors of this plant reminded me of an expressionist painting by Edvard Munch.
A rock formation called The Devil's Crown.
Swallows flying around the crown.
Figate bird flying above.
A Frigate bird up close.
The last evening we docked in Santa Cruz and went out on the town. Christina, Me, Kate, Debbie, Wim, Debbie, Mark, Ashley, Jason, Scott and Michael.
In August 2011, I purchased a new 2011 Suzuki DR650 motorcycle for a trip through South America. The engine, exhaust, chassis and suspension have been maintained in the original (stock) configuration. This approach was chosen to increase reliability and facilitate repair or replacement of items with original parts while traveling. The modifications were only made to the motorcycle to add durability, safety, comfort and protection. The prices listed below were the original costs of the items. The prices are listed to serve as a reference point for the cost of the build.
Many of you that follow this blog know that I really enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking. Whether it is camping in the front country or back country... it is all good.
I recently came across a resource that has really made it easier for me to research and plan my trips. The website, app and community are called TheDyrt. "The Dirt" is an idiom which means the gossip or real story. So getting TheDyrt is a play on words which translates to finding out the real story about campgrounds.
TheDyrt.com website allows users to search for campgrounds in the U.S. (currently only available within the U.S.) and read user generated reviews of the campgrounds. Sometimes the reviews are very general and sometimes very specific - down to the campsite number or cleanliness of the facilities. The website markets itself and its service as the Yelp.com of camping.
UPDATE as of April 2015. The roll-on roll-off ferry service Ferry Xpress to cross from Panama to Colombia has suspended their service.
The Darien Gap is a 30 mile stretch of land that lies between Panama and Colombia. It is thick jungle that is pretty inhospitable to most human beings. There are some indigenous people, guerrillas and drug runners that do inhabit the area.
There was one group of adventure motorcyclists that crossed through the Darien Gap in 1995 on specially modified motorcycles. Their journey is documented at Outback of Beyond.
For most adventure motorcyclists there are a few options for crossing the Darien Gap.
1. Ship your bike from Colon to Cartagena on a cargo ship and buy a ticket on a separate ship or airplane for yourself.
2. Ship your bike from Colon to Cartagena on a passenger sailboat that will carry both you and your bike.
3. Ship your bike from Panama City to Bogota on a cargo airplane and buy a separate airplane ticket for yourself.