Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

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Sooty tern resting on our boat’s bimini (canvas covering) at Dry Tortugas.

“How cute!” we exclaimed when this little sooty tern* paid our boat an early morning visit at Dry Tortugas.  
We get a kick out of the feathered fellas who visit our boat (click here for another good example).

“Stop pestering the bird,” Wayne admonished.  No doubt he felt empathetic with the sooty tern when it comes to feeling pestered by me brandishing my camera.

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Sooty tern’s “calling card.”

After the tern flew off, I saw it left us a not-so-welcome thank you gift.

“That’s what you get for pestering him,” Wayne said.

*The Dry Tortugas is a major nesting site for sooty terns.

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One of the smaller hermit crabs we saw
on Dry Tortugas.  They were prolific!

Location, Location.
January 19, 2015.  Retrospective of December 27-28 2014, USA, Dry Tortugas, Florida’s Southernmost point (N24.37.556 W82.57.668).  Dry Tortugas was our last stop in the United States on our way to Panama. We are currently in Bocas del Toro Panama (N09.20.142 W82.40.718), catching up after a dearth of internet, and exploring and preparing for our trip through the Panama canal, gateway to our South Pacific sailing adventure.