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Arrests, Bar Brawls, and Arranged Marriages

August 5th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Authorities are starting to harass us for our blatant disregard for dingy safety. Being the busy people we are, we seem to ignore the normal cruising motto; “Live Slow, Cruise Slower”. Captain Speed Racer is one dinghy ride away from being arrested for his top speed tendencies. Apparently speeding into town warrants incarceration. So the long arm of the law seems to be pushing us towards the South Pacific. Maybe they’re just pissed because we refuse to wear our type one’s. We’ve been told to wear our life jackets about ten times now. Being the trendy socialites we are, we refuse the fashion faux pas it is to be seen in a bulky orange life vest. So after extending our stay twice now, it seems the pressure to sail on is being applied.
Yesterday we were boarded by four officials wondering why we were still in their country. Normally cruisers are only allowed to stay in the Galapagos for twenty days before their cruising permit expires. Since the waves were so good here we decided it was convenient to have “engine problems” so that we could perpetuate this life of riding waves and playing with the wildlife before we began our longest passage across the Pacific. So after haggling with the officials, we were told to leave Wednesday or they would confiscate P-Kiddy and use him for Hammerhead bait. I guess we don’t want to upset the law here since San Cristobal hosts the Navy base and they could easily blow us out of the sea.
Our crew has been accepted into this tightly knit community, but some of our friends here are experiencing some resistance. Take for instance the story of our Irish friend who instigated a bar brawl. One night at Iguana Rock someone decided JP needed to accessorize his look with a hat. It turned out that hat was taken from a crazed Frenchman who proceeded to head-butt him and swing misguided, flailing punches towards Kahlil. JP didn’t even know he was still wearing the hat or that it was stolen. Unfortunately, Frenchy succeeded in scaring away the girls and didn’t even get reprimanded for his violence.
Putting all the melodramatic shenanigans aside, I find solace exploring the coastline. Mother “Lobos” nursing there young, defend against me and the other randy, territorial males when we get too close. The bulbous-headed behemoths are a threat in and out of the water. While strolling around Carola Beach I ran into Mette. She told me the lead singer from Arkobuz was bitten on the hip while snorkeling. I’m sure he’ll be fine and besides, chicks dig scars. The Blue footed Booby’s are less aggressive and quite photogenic. This one didn’t mind me getting 3 feet away while he preened himself.
The cuisine aboard our Outremer has been lacking lately but there are still moments of excellence thanks to one of the hospital volunteers. While snacking on crepes with Benita, the lovely Canadian, we prattled on the Latin approach to marriage. If you’re a hot female gringo be warned, these guys are pretty aggressive. Or perhaps the prospect of making $2,000 dollars to marry an Equadorian is an attractive offer. So I’ve been inspired to create a cooperation that unites the thousands of people in the world that are trying to marry for citizenship. I envision bringing people together from all over the globe that are trying to better their geographic situation. It might be a cross between eHarmony and a Russian mail-order bride company. I’ll have to work on my business plan and hire a master marketer but I’m pretty sure I could pull it off. I welcome any ideas or advice to help me with my humanitarian enterprise.
Parting is such bitter-sweet sorrow. All the folks we’ve met here have been great. Locals like Humberto and his family have been instrumental to our plight. All the volunteer/slaves have been so fun we hate to leave you behind. I’ve wanted to visit this enchanting place since I was 12. Now that I’ve materialized the dream, I feel ready to explore more stunning locations with different cultures. I love the Galapagos and all it’s people but I’m ready to get the flock outta here.

Here’s a 12 second video of a sea turtle I played with in the surf: sea_turtle

Thanx for being on the show,

-Ben Anglin

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 charles Logue // Aug 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Well, hopefully you have made a safe departure and are sailing to a new paradise with a fresh and favorable breeze. I believe it best to never overstay your welcome, anywhere, as then not only will you be missed, but most certainly welcomed back. You just never know how your hand will play out. Sometimes for unexpected reasons we need the very people we make light of. Politeness, courtesy and self discipline never go out of style. I encourage all on board to show respect and not try to be too clever. Ben, your well composed missives, are always a pleasure to read, Charles

  • 2 Sylvia, Ben's other parent // Aug 9, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Great words of wisdom, Charles.

    I hope this idea isn’t too outrageous, but… Since the guys have headed out on this LONG leg of their journey, would it be possible for you to post a comment here when/if you hear anything from Kyber? Sat phone posts have never shown up in the archives, so this mom’s heart of mine is dreading not knowing what’s going on with them for who-knows how long…….

    Ben, I LOVE the before and after shots with the four officials!

  • 3 Candy // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Sylvia; Look to Dec 1969 Archives, third from the bottom. Will get your email address or phone number next time Kyber calls.
    Best, Candy, Kyber’s Mom

  • 4 sabork // Aug 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Way to go guys….Ambassadors you surely are, but of what type is to be determined. Ben, always entertaining read. I’ve been AWOL for awhile and need to catch up on the adventures of my boat bros so I’m sitting down checking the blogs. Sounds like little has changed since I left the Natty-M in Panama….good times had by all and keep on rollin. Just got back from Hawaii, kiting everyday, work sucks but my family is keeping me sane.Buenas suertes crossing the big blue and I’ll hook-up with you blokes in some other part of this frickin unreal planet soon. Miss you guys, keep it wet! Sandor

  • 5 Darren A. Peterson // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Leave it up to the French to lay out the head butts~ Glad to hear there’s a little hot sauce in this adventures posts! Keep the natural vibes flowin boyz and be safe!

  • 6 Jamie // Aug 18, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    …..where are U??

  • 7 candy // Aug 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

    All of Kyber’s messages are located in the December 1969 Archives, located at the very bottom right hand side. Look for date of msg, as there is no particular order.

  • 8 billy da kid // Aug 20, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    oh yeah, i remember manta, equador in the navy…first day we got leave everyone wanted us to marry thier daughters..strange

  • 9 Jamie // Aug 21, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    thanks Candy…awesome crossing so far! Jamie

  • 10 Travelin John // Aug 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Hope you cats make it across safely!

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