The Galapagos Cruise Continues

Everyone gets along very well.  Most of the passengers have traveled extensively.  Enie (pronounce onya like Sonya without the “S”) is a artillery officer in the Irish Army.  She’s on a one year leave and has been to India, Miramar, Thailand, and is now traveling through Ecuador and Bolivia before heading to Europe for a short time.   She’s seen here with Linda from Winnipeg in the center and my roommate, Douglas.

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Roger and Jane Boyce are from near Detroit.  They’re the only other Americans on the boat.  I’m not sure if they’re related to a friend with the same last name in Grand Island but I believe he comes from near Detroit, as well.  They’re retired school teachers and have done a major trip each year for the last seven.

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The couple on the right is Tom and Monica.  They’re from Switzerland and don’t expect to get back home until next October.   That’ll be about a year since leaving.  Tom was with an airline as a flight attendant.

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Brian in the red shirt is on the trip with his significant other, Ann-Marie.  They are from Calgary.  Jordan on the right and the young lady on the right, Gemma, are from Australia.  They are 23 and they hope to be gone for a year.  They’ve already been on the road for 4 months.

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The two with the glasses are both named Britta and both are from Germany although they didn’t know each other.  Britta on the left quit her job as a software consultant to travel a while and Britta on the right is a mechanical engineering student.  The lady in the front is Connie and she’s also from Switzerland.

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After a dry landing, we hike to the top of a volcano on Bartolome…345 ft….on a wooden staircase/boardwalk.  No wildlife to see but a nice view of the cove where we are anchored with several other boats.

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Later, we’ll snorkel.

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After dinner we move to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos.  We’re going to climb the second largest volcanic caldera in the world.  It’s 4500 ft although we get a bus ride to the trailhead it’s still a pretty good climb to the top.

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Once there, we’ll see the caldera that is approximately 5 miles by 7 miles.  This volcano last erupted in 2005.

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In the afternoon, we visit a land turtle breeding facility and see some rather large turtles but since I’m more interested in seeing them in the wild a little later I’m going to skip showing you them now.

We also get a little time at Beto’s Bar to have a beer, enjoy the beach and use the internet.  I posted from here last Wednesday but couldn’t get any pictures up.  Here they are now.

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Tomorrow is going to be one of the best wildlife days of the cruise.

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One Response to The Galapagos Cruise Continues

  1. Linda Cook says:

    Meeting lots of interesting people. Must be in good shape to hike up the volcanoes. Good for you.

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