Birthday! and How to visit Floreanna

I woke at 5:40am after sleeping in the cockpit (to ward off the persistent sea lions from our dinghy…) Running lights from a sailboat appeared in the distance. It was none other than “The Beagle”, a replica of Darwin’s ship!

The Beagle is a cruise tourist boat. Private sailboat visits to Floreanna are now quite rare, dropped off to just one every other month – mainly because the Galapagos National Park strong arms the agents (who do all the boat permitting). They discourage visits to this island because they lack regulatory officials here to keep an eye on things. But all sailboats with an ‘autografo’ permit are technically allowed to visit “on the way” to another inhabited island. Fortunately we became friends with Jorge from Capitania in Isabela, who gave us this info.

Today I’m celebrating my 36th birthday and feeling super lucky for all this! Last night we were taught how to make delicious Yucca cheese patties called “mochin” by Angel and his wife Cecilia, who have been on the island 25yrs. People here are genuine and friendly unlike anywhere we’ve been. I feel blessed to be spending this week in such good company!

Photo: Sabby & I with friends Jesse and Anna, and “The Beagle” in background. Crewmate Spence taking the pic!

5 thoughts on “Birthday! and How to visit Floreanna

  1. Happy birthday Kristian and Odette and I are sending you are best wishes. Continue well in your fantastic and adventurous Journee. Our love to Sabrina

  2. Happy Birthday Kristian. You sure know how to celebrate. Love following you and Sabrina on your fabulous adventure. Love Flora

    • Thanks much Flora!! We are having a lovely and relaxing day, spent the morning surfing and now enjoying a little rainshower which is cooling things off.

  3. Thank you Alain & Odette! I appreciate the well wishes. In one month we’ll be entering a French territory ! (Gambier islands, part of French Polynesia). Hard to believe!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! CAPTAIN KRISTIAN. I WISH YOU GOOD WIND ON YOUR GREAT ADVENTURE TO FRENCH POLYNASIA. I KNOW YOUR. WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY SABRINA. I LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.
    JEAN-CLAUDE

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