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.
Some friends and I took a trip to The Narrows on the Blanco River in Texas. It is a gem.
However getting there was no easy task.
This trip is physically, logistically and legally challenging. The Narrows is on the Blanco River, but is surrounded by private property. There is no trail. The route traverses dry riverbed, sand, rocks, brush and water. The journey can take between 12 to 16 hours, cover 6 to 8 miles in and 6 to 8 miles out and may require swimming 1 to 3 miles in and 1 to 3 miles out depending on the flow of the river. The route and conditions may vary at different times of the year. One must be prepared and equipped for self-rescue, there is no cellular service near the access points nor along the river.
There are two ways to access The Narrows. 1. Obtain permission from one of the property owners with land bordering the river. Or, 2. Access the river via a public right of way and hike and swim the entire route. Texas Navigation Law specifies access to inland and coastal …