Land Iguanas, Vows and Catamaran Jumping

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galápagos,
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tagus Cove was perhaps my second favourite spot in the Galapagos.  Aside from the fact that it was a beautiful, sunny day and the cove was small and enchanting....   but we weren't there until the afternoon.  In the morning we explored where the land iguanas live on Fernandina Island.  These iguanas are related to the marine iguanas that we have seen practically everywhere here, but they didn't evolve to swim and eat the algae under the water.  So they look very similar to the marine iguana except in colour.  They also looked a little bit bigger to me.  We found a few along the path laying out in the sun, lazily lounging around.  We saw some poison apple trees here and several different flowers.  The only flowers that are native in the Galapagos are yellow or white in colour.  All other flowers were brought by the people that settled here over the ages.  We also saw a few more Giant Land Tortoises on our walk here.
 We went snorkelling today too - we go at least once every day!

After lunch we were in Tagus Cove.  Aiden had an urge to jump of the top of the sun deck today.  It might have been because during Edison's wake up call on the intercom, he said that all the Bamford's were jumping off the top of the boat today. My three boys had already jumped off the stern of the boat on the first level.  So Aiden donned his wetsuit and went straight to the top and jumped the 35' off into the ocean.  Caleb wanted to do it to, but he waited just a little too long and then the fear set in.  

 Some of us had a little kayak around the cove and we saw some birds and sea lion up close on the shoreline.  There is historic graffiti in Tagus Cove of the ships that have taken anchor there.  The earliest date we saw was from the late 1800's.  The boys and I opted out of the hike to the pond.  Instead, we found the crew were blowing up balloons.  We found out that this was a surprise for a guest, Brian.  His wife Suzie had arranged for them to renew their wedding vows onboard.  They had been married for 42 years.  One evening previous, we had a chance to talk with them at dinner.  Suzie was so animated and funny.  She is an amazing woman!  So the boys and I proceeded to help blow up balloons.  Trixie, the towel artist/housekeeper also does art with toilet paper!  She was making bows galore out of t.p.! She artfully positioned the balloons into flowers and had several crew at her beck and call to help her quickly decorate the sun deck before the people on the land excursion returned.  

Once the pangas returned, everyone had a chance to get cleaned up for dinner.  Low and behold, Edison made an announcement for us to meet on the sundeck beforehand.  So when we went up, the whole crew was there in their dress whites.  The chef had also made a beautiful cake.  Pictures were taken, speeches were made (I found out that Edison had written the speech that the Captain read and then Edison translated it into English for the guests).  Edison does so much on board.  He has led a very interesting life thus far too.  After spending fifteen years driving a truck in the US, he decided he wanted to live a simpler, more family oriented life and he moved back to Ecuador.  He and his wife own a farm on one the the islands and he manages it on his time off the ship.  After the speeches, we had cake and champagne and the crew led all the ladies in dancing.  The party didn't last long, but it was very fun and entertaining!

After dinner the catamaran headed north on an all night crossing - I think over nine hours of cruising time.  It was a beautiful night with phosphorescence in the water, many stars sparkling and a bright moon shining.

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