February 17, 2013
Two weeks ago I got my Yellow Fever, Hepatitis “A” shots and Typhoid pills. Next Thursday I start my anti-malarial pills until the trip is over and then nine more days.
Jean and the neighbor, Carole, have already started making a list of the movies they’re going to see while I’m gone and restaurants they plan to try.
The countdown has begun at my house. Today was Friday and I packed 90 percent of my stuff for the trip to Ecuador. I leave a week from tomorrow morning with a flight to Miami. I have a 5-hour layover there before continuing on to Quito. I arrive at 10:30pm and by the time I clear customs I expect it will be close to midnight. I’m going to go directly to the Aerogal gate to await my 6:40am flight to the Galapagos. I should arrive in Baltra about 9:30am after a short stop in Guayaquil. From the airport, it’s two buses and a ferry to Puerto Ayora and my hotel.
I’ve always wanted to go the Galapagos Islands but haven’t really given it serious consideration until the last six months. I started thinking about it when I read an article that Cuenca, Ecuador was one of the least expensive places for Americans to retire. At first I thought about that but decided that really wasn’t something I wanted to do. I could go there and look around and maybe it would be a place I might live for the winter months in North America. I’m pretty sure now, that’s NOT what I want to do but it got me thinking about Ecuador.
If you’re going to spend the money to get to Ecuador you’d be foolish not to go to the Galapagos Islands. I mean….am I going to visit there the next time I’m in Ecuador? The Islands are 600 miles west of the mainland and, believe it or not, sit almost square on the equator. One island is in the northern hemisphere, part of another one extends into the northern hemisphere and the rest are in the southern hemisphere.
I had really enjoyed my trip to Alaska a year and a half ago and, frankly, I could easily do parts of that again but there are lots of interesting places in the world. Why not pick one and go! So, about a month ago I decided the time was right or at least as right as it was probably going to get. You can always find an excuse for not doing something and pretty soon you aren’t physically able to do much of anything.
So here I am, curled up on the loveseat with my Lonely Planet guide. It’s edges are turned down, highlighted and marked over. I’m just about as ready to go as I can be.
Next post I’ll give you a general idea about my itinerary over the next month. I scheduled back in Dallas March 26.