Now, after that quick introduction, on to the beef!
If you've been reading my posts, you know that Galapagos is a series of volcanic islands. If you didn't know, well, now you know. Naturally, when you have volcanoes you're going to have lava. And with lava, you're going to have lava tubes.
Though many of these tubes have collapsed, or are undiscovered there are several that you can walk through and visit. Probably the most interesting on is near Post Office Bay-- the other one is all the way in Santa Cruz.
Now, I didn't go to the lava tube near Post Office Bay. Unfortunately, I came down with a bout of horrible food poisoning and was left behind in a state of extreme pain. However, I was told that part-way through the Post Office Bay lava tube, you came to a section of freezing ocean water. Though a beautiful blue color, when you were wading in it was quite cold, and so shorts a towel are recommended.
Unfortunately, because I was sick, I couldn't take any photos of the lava tube.
However, probably the best part about Post Office Bay was the actual post office.
That, ladies and gentleman, is the post office of Post Office Bay.
Now, you may look at that picture and scorn. "Post Office!" I hear you say, "That's hardly more than a mailbox!".
However, this site has a historic heritage. Whalers would often stop by the Galapagos Island and leave letters to their home country by this bay when it was just patch of dirt. Passing ships would then scoop up those letters and deliver them. Sometimes it would take years for the letters to be delivered. Over the course of many years, the site became known as Post Office Bay.
What's cool is that the system still continues today. When you visit the Galapagos Islands, you can leave a letter at Post Office Bay. If somebody after you visits and lives near the letter's addressed destinations, they then take that letter with them and deliver it themselves. A lot of new friendships have been formed this way, and one man even found his future wife.
Though we left a letter at Post Office Bay, we still haven't gotten a response back. Who knows, maybe one of you will bring it back.
Whatever the case, letter or no, Post Office Bay is an incredible place to visit. With it's thick history and twisting lava tube, this is one island stop you won't want to miss when visiting the Galapagos Islands.