National Geographic : 1939 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE l ii t1:/ / /! I,/ I FLOATING RAFTS OF WATER HYACINTHS CLOSE IN ON "IGDRASIL" Ready for departure on her world cruise, the craft lies in the St. Johns River off Jacksonville, Florida, 20 miles from the Atlantic. The sluggish stream, three miles wide here, is choked with the orchidlike plants which cover it like a sheet of bright lavender. have alone with the mantas and sharks, for the fishing boat soon followed us and anchored for a night. Santa Fe (Barrington Island) is a fa vorite rendezvous for fishermen drying their fish, and there were many evidences of frequent visits. We spent Christmas on Santa Cruz Island with the settlers at Academy Bay. Even that much-attempted climb to the top of Indefatigable had been accomplished be fore, though I believe I was the first woman to reach the crater's rim. From the right direction it is an easy trip. At Post Office Bay on Santa Maria we found letters left by a sailing ship which had called just before us (page 44). There was also evidence of a thoughtless visitor who had used oil drums for rifle targets, rendering them useless for catching pre cious rainwater. In Tagus Cove, Isabela Island, besides the names of previous visiting yachts painted on the rock walls, there were good footpaths to the rim of the salt pond and cast-off clothing, some of it feminine, along the trails. But at Elizabeth Bay in Penguin Cove we found no evidence of anyone having been there before. We were indeed alone to enjoy the scenery and the wild life. In the mangrove swamp the sea lions ob jected feebly to our encroachment as they slid off huge tree roots, while the marine iguanas hardly moved from their sunny spot at our approach (page 43). Even the big green turtles wouldn't swim off until we hit them with an oar. WHALES TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT Unable to get drinking water, we were forced to leave these delightful islands when our supply was reduced to thirty gallons, for the next place of supply was the Mar quesas Islands, 3,300 miles to the west ward.* With the steady winds in this section, the trip was apt to get tiresome. There were moments of excitement, however, as when * All distances are given in statute miles.