Day 175, Year 1: Another Trip to Tortuga Bay
Date: Monday, April 10, 2006
Weather: Another Really Beautiful Day in Paradise
Location: Academy Bay, Puerto Ayoro, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

We are making progress on getting the parts needed for our transmission repair, but we won’t know the extent of the damage until the parts come in and we can put things back together. It is our hope that when we do that, all will be fine, but there is a chance that there is damage in the transmission itself. Let’s hope not. Let’s also hope that the repair parts get here by week’s end or by the beginning of next week. Until then, we will just have to continue to enjoy our time here in Puerto Ayora and continue to get ready for our voyage to the Marquesas.

Once we ordered the needed parts for our transmission we knew there was nothing more we could do today to speed up the process, so we headed off to Tortuga Bay with Heather and Jed. This was their last day here in the Galapagos and they wanted to revisit the beautiful beach. Mark and I had walked to the beach once before, but we had not continued on to visit the nearby lagoon. Heather and Jed had done this and assured us that it was worth the extra walk time. They were certainly right. The lagoon area is a lovely place to laze the day away. We swam, read, and watched Darwin finches “up-close and natural”.

Today was Patrick of Aqua Magic’s birthday, so once evening came we all headed to a restaurant known to be the best in Puerto Ayora. We were not disappointed. The setting was beautiful, the service was good, and the food was fantastic. Heather and Jed leave tomorrow morning and we are going to miss them so much. It has been a wonderful gift to have them here with us. We will just have to look forward to the next time they can join us.

060410 Day 175 Galapagos Santa Cruz–return to Tortuga Bay
Day 176, Year 1: Heather and Jed Leave the Galapagos
Day 174, Year 1: Transmission Blues with a Little Good News