we climb WAY up here later today!
yes, this is a Penguin!
the bay we stop in later
an earlier group along the ridge we will take later
the landing pier.....with friends
and more friends! A Sally Lightfoot Crab
the second panga unloading
we were greeted by a Marine Iguana warming up
he just wanted us to know
very old cactus with Land Inguana
cute Sea Lion tail
Swallow Tailed Gull
munching on cactus
there are a lot of these on this island!
and some cool ground cover plant i can't remember!
Handsome Land Iguana
This one was scraping the spines off the cactus paddle, then took some bites! breakfast of champions!
marker that warns boats
a lava tube.....and nice sunning spot
sort of gloomy; apparently the garua is approaching.....
an adult who was unlucky
looks like bird bones....
this baby has a bad infection. Its chances are 50-50.....
beautiful nearby island
yup, more poop! this is from a Sea Lion
a male with some not so great tooth and mouth injuries, probably from a fight (says Eli)
OUCH! he was very uncomfortable
another male on a high rock. He was BIG!
we are at the far side of the island with the cliffs. LOTS of birds and a beautiful view
old bones of a Sea Lion
the beautiful and very long tail of a Red-Billed Tropicbird.......
Gull landing on a high cliff rock
the Garua is closing in! Its like a VERY light rain, and comes in fast!
and its getting chilly too!
Jo was CHILLY!
a BIG hole........Land Iguana perhaps? Very nicely framed by rocks.....
another Finch...a Ground Finch?
SUCH cool spines......
beautiful tiny spider on a cactus
Apparently the young Frigatebirds hang out in groups in the water during part of their lives.......safety in numbers and learning how to be independent. Once they are old enough, they never hang out on the waters surface again during their lives......
a school of mullet
LOTS of birds. Petrels perhaps?
mmmmm.......someone else also had a cactus breakfast!
Etienne lookng serious and sort of chilly?
our wonderful Yacht.........and Dan!
see all the Iguanas around this cactus?
Awaiting the pangas
a small break before the next adventure!
Brown Pelican guarding the pangas
motoring on to Bartolome
Frigatebirds hung with us all day!
jockeying for position on the top of the yacht
found a nice spot right above us!
YAY! Popcorn garnish for our soup. Our chef loves us!
the afternoon schedule
School of Razor Surgeonfish
Panemic Fanged Blenny
Panamic Cushion Sea Star
Chocolate Chip Sea Star
Toxic Sea Urchin- Tripneustes depressus
a beautiful Orange Cup Coral
a majestic Bluechin Parrotfish
maybe a Bicolor Parrotfish?
leaving this because its the best photo I have of a flounder (on the upper right) It blended in SO WELL with the bottom!
beautiful feather duster worms and orange cup coral
THIS is a Bicolor Parrotfish
long spined Black Sea Urchin (a Diadema?)
Green Sea Urchin
large head of coral
is this what I think it is?
YES!!!!! I found a moray eel!
This is a Jewel Moray
A Guineafowl Pufferfish
a Lava Tube underwater.......this is NOT manmade!
the yacht specs (some of them.......)
motoring again in a panga
Bartolome........and the big climb!
the landing spot of Bartolome
very sandy lava
The Tip Top IV! (and friends)
you had better! there is a cliff right behind this sign!
rather bleak landscape........so clearly volcanic!
and of COURSE.......a Lava Lizard!
teeny tiny flowers.........tough to see, but evidence of tenacious life hanging on!
the beginning of the true big climb! Nice having steps!
cool lava rock that was flung here
cool and beautiful colors throughout
Lava tube which has collapsed
one of several viewing (and resting!) platforms along the way
a cool Galapagos Grasshopper
it was steep!
but we are all making the climb!
Jo and Nancy happy to have made it!
WOW! we came from down there!
a stop to discuss lava rock
Eli is so strong!
WOW! Pam is strong too!
"Muscle Beach is over there!"
He's so macho!
Dan is macho too!
WOW, Blaise is a macho man!
not to the top yet, but getting there!
a glimpse of the top
We made it!
the tip of PInnacle rock
one of the bays and distant islands nearby
resting JUST a minute!
determined to get the same shot!
THERE IT IS! And Eli is casually waiting for us up there!
Our yacht and others.......
i have n idea what i was saying!
The lighthouse and marker and Deb
Eli carefully rescuing some tissue we dropped by mistake!
a VERY cool underwater caldera
a distant island called Chinese Cap! (I think) SO clearly a volcano
coming down again. It was way easier than the climb up!
silly Jo! (but thank heaven she stopped like the signs say!)
here they come!! racing to get here first!
a pelican splashing down
a beautiful sunset is coming!
cool sun on small volcano
mmmmmm......Happy Hour! YAY!
some stuff added to the days schedule. LAST NIGHT on the yacht.
tomorrows EARLY schedule! Last day on the Tip Top IV! sooooo sad!
we are all gathered in the salon for the ET and Eli slideshow and crew gathering
YAY crew!! you are all the BEST!