Visiting Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Archipelago

Cruising Lifestyle (continued)

 
A sea-lion playing near Nine of Cups.

 
Jelly, the ship's cat, hanging out on-deck. The name "Jelly" is short for "Magellan", as in Magellan the famous Portuguese navigator. Jelly is an excellent navigator, too, but she only knows the route to one place: her food bowl.  

Monday, April 5, 2004 (Day 8 in the Galápagos Archipelago)

Today we did a "touristy" thing, visiting Las Grietas (The Crevices), which I have already described.

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 (Day 9 in the Galápagos Archipelago)

Today was a big chore day, since we're planning to leave Isla Santa Cruz shortly. We all went ashore in the morning, Marcie and I lugging sacks of dirty laundry and David toting empty fuel jugs. While David went off with Luis to the gas station, Marcie and I walked towards the far end of the waterfront (1.2 miles) where Marcie had previously located a lavanderia (laundromat). This one charged a hefty $1.40 per kilo to wash/dry/fold, but fresh water and washing machines are understandably hard to come by on a desert island hundreds of miles out in the Pacific Ocean. The lady weighed the laundry on a scale and wrote-up a sales slip for each of us; unlike other laundromats we didn't have to pay in advance. I had nine kilos of laundry and Marcie had eight, but Marcie had already done multiple "loads" (that is, bucketfuls) on the boat since the last laundromat.

After dropping off our laundry, we walked to the other end of the waterfront (1.1 miles) so Marcie could check out a few pharmacies which were all located near the town hospital. David was suffering from an ear infection, presumably from diving in the polluted harbor, and Marcie was looking for a particular medicine that the boat's medical guide recommended for ear infections. She checked several shops but couldn't find the desired medicine but was able to get something similar.

The pharmacies were like any other shop: one room, open-front, with simple shelves stocked with a variety of goods. As usual, they were not self-service. Unlike the States, you could buy a lot of pretty serious drugs over-the-counter without a prescription. There were several nearly identical pharmacies in the same neighborhood but selection and prices varied so it paid to shop around.

While we were visiting a pharmacy, I saw Luis and David drive by in the camioneta. The truck's bed was filled with orange and blue fuel jugs and they were heading back to the landing, so I guess they were successful in purchasing fuel.

After the pharmacy, Marcie and I walked over to the internet cafe (0.3 miles). We each got a computer and I surfed the web for an hour and replied to a couple of emails. Next, we went to the supermarket by the landing (0.3 miles) where we each picked up a few items. When we got back to the boat, we found David cleaning up after the refueling process. The rest of the morning wasn't too busy. Marcie prepared a brunch of cream cheese and ham omelets with grapefruit and watermelon on the side.

In early afternoon Marcie and David water-taxied to town to have a doctor check David's ear. The infection was becoming worrisome because his ear canal had swollen shut. At the hospital they met a doctor who examined David. When the examination process needed supplies, the doctor would write out a list and Marcie and David would walk to a pharmacy and purchase the supplies. After they returned to the hospital with the supplies the doctor would continue the examination. After all the work and consultation, the doctor charged them $5.00.

Meanwhile, I stayed on the boat and washed the decks. I also worked on my email—the same one I've been struggling with for days. Theoretically I should send it out tomorrow, our last day on Isla Santa Cruz. But I kept putting it off and putting it off so I now have several more days of events to relate. Unfortunately, I just wasn't in the mood and power was getting low so I gave up the effort and will finish it later. I hope.


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