Hello, again. Would have written sooner, but while the folks with iPhones can use the wifi, neither my netbook nor my iPad have been useable on these many Galapagos Islands I’ve visited.
I’m on an “Interepid Tour” of the “active” variety, and let me tell you, I could get addicted to tours. Our guide Pepo is like, well, perfect. He knows about everything, is calm, well organized, and grew up on San Cristobal, our first island. His English is perfect, and, well, you can see he’s pleasant to the eye. On San Cristobal he took us to see his family’s tree house, which his father built. This photo is of someone climbing the tree house tree. They grow some big trees here.
The big surprise for me is that a visit to the Galapagos is a tropical vacation with lots of gorgeous blue warm water for playing in. I’ve done a lot of snorkeling, some kayaking, some swimming. Choices I didn’t make include surfing and boogey boarding.For example, this was our second snorkeling site on day 2 in the Galapagos. We snorkeled through the opening, and I SAW A SHARK! In the morning’s snorkel, we actually PLAYED with sea lions, or rather they played with us. Here’s Harry, a friendly Galapagos Marine Iguana, saying hello from Floreana Island, our second stop. Iguanas are way cool, and although they often look dead, I like to think they’re social and affectionate.They also inspire imitation. Here I am doing “upward facing Iguana”.Besides all the iguana viewing, on our first day we were each provided an actual well-working mountain bike AND HELMET. See what I mean about tours? All I did was hang out and admire the Pacific as the crew loaded up the bikes.Of course, the views were fantastic. Here’s mi amiga, my Ecuador travel companion, listening to some amazing geological or historical information, shortly before we headed down.
I don’t want to be unfair and leave out those amazing Galapagos tortoises. I did see sea turtles while snorkeling. Contrary my former beliefs, it’s uncommon to see the giant tortoises running (I mean walking) wild – at least where I was. They’re highly protected, endangered, and totally amazing.Here’s one of my new pals saying hello. They’re still having sex at 100, too. Here’s an R-rated example:
My tour ends tomorrow, with a flight back to Quito. Then my friend and I spend two more weeks touring Ecuador. What a life!
P.S. In case you’re wondering, the other 17 people on my tour are all fantastic and phenomenal. Most are from Canada, one from Australia, and one other than me and my friend from the USA. Laughter seems to be the verbal norm.