Isla Isabella

Once upon a time, a family on a sailboat went to Isabella Island. The wildlife refuge was famed for fearless, magnificent birds. But the family couldn’t get to the island, just a few dozen yards away; the surf was too rough. They were disappointed; but then, a bird came to them.

The frigate bird was seen first from the dinghy, floating helplessly in the water.

They lifted the bird onto the dinghy pontoon with an oar. It was exhausted, and they wondered if it would survive.

They supported the bird while it dried and warmed in the sun. It didn’t look very happy.

After a while, the bird perked up. To their delight, it wanted to fly!

The first attempt did not go well, and the bird had to be fished out of the water again.

The bird needed more time to dry its waterlogged feathers.

Finally, the bird had dried enough to try again.

Success! The family celebrated when they saw the bird arrive at the island.

Their Isla Isabella experience was nothing like they expected, but spectacular just the same.

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8 Responses to Isla Isabella

  1. Nosualcy January 6, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Sorry you weren’t able to get to the island itself but what a great thing to be able to do! The pictures are great. We love the Frigate Birds.

  2. Howdy Giffords!

    We tried to email you a couple of times but I guess you’re using one of these newfangled “blogs”. So we’ll try that and see if we get you! Your trip looks wonderful, especially since it’s cold, dark, windy and rainy here and the power will probably go out momentarily.

    The Spence/West family

  3. Hi Mairen:

    We Went to two plays. Oliver twist and once upon a mattress. Then we had Christmas. Then we went to Canada and we went on a ski trip to Apex. Then we went to Harrison Hot Springs.

    We miss you

    Alison

  4. Jody January 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Awww. How very cool. What a great experience for the kids, as well as the adults!

  5. First Mate PJ Baker January 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    I love happy endings . . . . . sniff, sniff! ~PJ

    PS Next year, WE will make it to the island, bay-bee.

  6. rebecca January 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Great story! I love the contrast between the bedraggled bird in the dinghy & that last soaring photo. What a lucky bird to run into the Giffords!

  7. Anonymous January 13, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    Great story and what a lucky bird!

    Once you make your way to Puerto Vallarta a good place to for dinner is Pipi’s. It is a wonderful little restaurant off the beaten path (3 blocks up the hill from the Malecon’ on Pipilia) They serve fish bowl margarita’s, make fresh Guacamole at your table and their chefs make a mean fajita as well. Even though when I was in PV I stayed in All-inclusive hotels or gone in by cruise ship. It was well worth the money to eat at this wonderful little place in town!

    I enjoy reading your blog and the adventures you are having…makes me want to sell everything and buy a boat!

    Stay safe!

    Aaron
    (I saw your story in the Bainbridge paper and have been following your cruise on line)

  8. the Cuffels January 18, 2009 at 4:19 am #

    Enjoy Yelapa. We were there last week by panga. Best coffee is at Bahia Cafe at the town dock. Vortex Cafe had the best fish tacos.
    Everybody likes La Maguinita (the Mango Tree restaurant) an easy walk upriver for the kids. Go check out the pool at Hotel Lagunita. It’s really cool, but cold. Sometimes Oasis hotel has outdoor movie night.
    Have fun. We love your blog & 48North articles!!!

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