Thursday, March 06, 2008

Coming at you from Gofito, Costa Rica 08 37.25 N and 83 09.18W
Okay just to warn you I have had a cup and a half of coffee this morning so read at your own risk. UPDATE: we are going to leave today, the fellow looking at our radio confirmed that it is fried and that it needs to be sent to the factory to get fixed so #$%@&*, we are going to leave without the radio, at least we now know what is wrong.

It will take us about 7 days to get to the Galapagos so look for a blog about Friday March 14.

Did I tell you much about Costa Rica. It is very hilly here, everywhere you look there are hills. They do not have a standing army so there money is spent on education and universal health care. It is not spent on roads so as a result they have the worst roads we have seen in Central America, lots of them are dusty dirt roads. The one by where Trish was staying was dirt and it is a major tourist spot. Golfito was a banana port in it's past. It is no longer so the infrastructure is quite run down, all the buildings are rusty and falling apart. Golfito has a small tourist industry but cannot compete with all the eco tourism in the national forests that are to the west and north, so it is still a rundown rather sad looking place. We are staying at a cruiser friendly spot that offers moorage, internet, laundry, showers, coffee and garbage pick up as well as an honor system for a buck a beer, for $6.00 count em 6 dollars a day. The guy has lots of connections and can tell you where everything is which is a great help.

I have been researching crossing the equator traditions. We should cross just before we get to port in the Galapagos. There is Neptune the King of the Sea to be considered as well as the initiation ceremonies which involve giving some of your pay to the King, sacrificing some rum or champagne to the sea gods as well as eating some digusting stuff and getting a shower in southern seawater. Apparently this is all to take place in the minute you cross, not the next day or next hour so I wonder what time of day or night we will cross. I am going to make up certificates that will have the time and date as well as the longitude that we cross and have them printed up, then apparently we will be shellbacks (someone who has crossed the equator) and not polliwogs (someone who hasn't) anymore.

Well time to go and pull up the anchor. Until the Galapagos and then you can bow down to the newly crowned shellbacks. Wish us fair winds!!