Sailing to Isla Floreana in the Galápagos Archipelago

Arriving at Isla Floreana (continued)

A closer view of a few shoreside buildings in Puerto Velasco Ibarra on Isla Floreana.  

The uninhabited part of the island at sunset.   The tourist ship Reina Silvia (which means Queen Silvia). They upped-anchor and left shortly after I took the picture.

The spectacular sunset on the evening we arrived.  

Happy Birthday (continued)

Once we were settled in, we had a very nice birthday celebration in the cockpit. Marcie gave me a card that said ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Juanito! (Happy Birthday, and Juanito is my Spanish nickname, given to me by Capitán Dillon at Ballenita). I unwrapped a nice present and (surprise!) got a handsome, hand-made, nautical-style belt that I already knew David was making. But there was another surprise—a pack of M&M's, always a treat, but especially so on my birthday a long way from home.

As promised, Marcie cooked up a special birthday dinner for me, hamburgers (hamburguesas in Spanish) along with a pasta salad. After dinner, Marcie served up a plate of birthday cupcakes, each with one candle. They sang "Happy Birthday" and I blew out all the candles, then we each enjoyed a couple of cupcakes. There was a slight surprise in the menu. Marcie had wanted to make a carrot cake but we hadn't been able to find any decent carrots on Isabela. So Marcie used yams instead of carrots and the cupcakes were delicious.

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