Dad, we need a helicopter on our boat, too!

Looking like an oil painting.

The boys were having a competition as to who can get their hair in a pony tail first. Nico decided he had to bow out gracefully and got a hair cut.

One advantage of getting back to land was assuring Isabelle had a celebration worthy of her new status as a teenager.  Bella and birthday beignet breakfast

Bella with gifts on her birthday morning.

Bella and bougainvillea

Isabelle’s new birthday haircut with ear rings she made herself.

Tres chic.

Boy with a view

Celebrating Isabelle’s 13th birthday at the Angermeyer Inn.

Daddy’s boy

and his other


Birthday lunch

Another day another sunset.

Before we could set off we had to repair damage to the genoa.  The foot tension line had pulled from its anchoring tab; a revealed flaw in the work done to convert the hanked on sail to a furling sail. Ken re-threaded the foot tension line.

Clare and Matthew then repaired a separate rent in the foot and the incisions made by Ken This involved moving the sewing machine along the deck to each section of sail and hand turning the wheel while pulling through the canvas.  We were very proud of our self sufficiency.

We made 5 trips to the gas station and filled our jerry cans with 100 gallons of fuel at a time.  Then we carted them to the dinghy and brought them to the boat.  Ken was positioned in the dinghy attaching the halyard to each jerry can. While the cargo ship in the background hoisted its loads, Drew manned the halyard and Matthew controlled the cans in a similar stevedore manner.

Ken rigged two pumps to transfer the diesel from the jerry cans into the fuel tanks. One was a spare fuel lift pump from the generator with a switch from the big dinghy's running light.  The second a simple siphon pump from odd bits of tubing and the hand pump we use to fuel the outboard. Once we got it running, the siphon pump was clearly the better. 

The lift pump gained a second life when the hand pump to the fuel day tank lost its bladder.  McGyver is Ken’s middle name and in no time we had an electric fuel pump up and running.

Birds on a wire

Ironbarque dwarfed by a new arrival

Looking towards the town of Puerto Ayora

The unfortunate scrappy ugliness of most of the recent development.

A lot of building is going on in town and not all of it is a beautiful as this but all use bamboo for scaffolding.

The view back towards town.

Ironbarque anchored in the bay

There is a huge range of tour boats to take visitors between the islands

The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, where we spent our last night.

The view from the roof of the Angermeyer Inn.  .

Looking across to the Charles Darwin Center


Bella on a roof

Nico on the roof

Creative shadows

The walkway from the rooms at the Angermeyer Inn

Nico getting into a National Geographic at the Isla Grill, where we had some wonderful meals.

A rainbow as we leave the Galapagos for the second time