Helping To Deliver The Mail….
This morning we visited Port Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos. The weather is picture perfect once again!
A group of us boarded the first 8am zodiac. This was our first wet landing experience – ended up being a very simple process – once again Silversea stresses safety. I didn’t own a pair of water shoes so when I learned Silversea requires that you wear them for wet landings I found a reasonable pair at Costco.
Years ago this island quickly became a popular site for passing vessels to replenish water due to its freshwater springs. Amongst the visitors were English and American whalers during the late 18th century, who would spend weeks at a time resting in the Galapagos during their whaling expeditions.
In an attempt to stay in touch with their loved ones back home, the sailors developed a free mailing system at the landing beach we visited today.
A makeshift post box was constructed of a wooden barrel. The idea was that any whaler or sailor visiting the area would leave letters in the post box and before vessels left the island to head home they would sort through the mail in the barrel. Any mail addressed to places close to the sailor’s hometown were taken with them for delivery upon their return.
This is one fo the oldest mail systems in South America and was used for over a century.
Now visitors like us are free to leave letters and postcards in the barrel. We sorted through the pile and I found a post card that was addressed to a Grandchild in London, ON. I will hand deliver it on my return.
I only had to wade in water around 4” deep to be surrounded by stingrays and one of my friends was thrilled but shocked when a hammerhead shark swam up to him as he wadded in very shallow water.
The Silversea naturalists have many snorkeling and kayak excursions planned for the day before we continue sailing.
At 4pm we’ll arrive at Punta Cormorant, Floreana where we will be met by the award-winning onboard naturalists. We’ll be on the lookout for Pink Flamingos.
We took over the Grill once again during lunch. There is nothing better than enjoying lunch with friends while soaking in the sun and fresh air. Sea bass, Red Snapper and Octopus were the lunch seafood options. During lunch and dinner we always are the first to arrive and the last to leave….. we are having the best time together. The servers are treating us like gold. Everyone now knows us as the Canadians who have invaded the Silver Galapagos Silversea Ship.
For those of you following this blog I will post pictures when I return back to Canada. Luckily I have had no issues posting some pictures on Facebook. While on Facebook if you look up – Bradley Walters and/or Travel With Bradley you will find them.
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