When we were planning the trip we put a lot of thought into whether to fly coach or business class on the long leg of the trip. Domestically we almost always fly a bargain carrier. But when we fly long distances, we almost always fly business class so we have the opportunity to rest and not lose time when we reach our destination. We are cranky travelers, and the times we’ve flown coach, we’ve lost a day or two of our trip recovering. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Heeheehee!) But Mr. Tattered was concerned about totally spoiling the child. She said, “But, Da, if we fly business class I will get a taste of what I can have if I work hard in school and get a good job!” How can you argue with THAT kind of logic?
So business class it was. She took to it like a duck to water!
We woke up just in time to land in Quito, Ecuador.
Da had booked a tour guide to show us the highlights of the city. We had a great day going on the tram to the top of the mountain,
followed by a drive around the area, a stop at his favorite place to get empanadas and ice cream, to the crater of **** volcano
and to the museum at the equator. All along the way our guide told little stories about the city, educated us about the flora and fauna, and taught us a little Spanish.
We crammed a lot into one day!
The next morning we hit the airport again to head to Baltra and the beginning of our Galapagos adventure.
As you’ll remember, Mr. Tattered and I had been to the Galapagos before. But most of the stops on this trip were not duplicates, so we were looking forward, not only to seeing the islands through Hannah’s eyes, but to seeing some new things ourselves.
Day one was spent getting moved into our new digs, our home away from home for the next six days, on the “Silver Galapagos,”
familiarizing ourselves with the ship, attending a safety briefing, and learning the ropes of the buffet. (Which I might mention, was pretty impressive for a small ship.) Where our first trip to the Galapagos was pretty primitive, this was quite a bit more luxurious. I felt a tad bit guilty about enjoying the luxury, but what can I say? Mr. Tattered didn’t want to “rough it” again, and who am I to question his judgement? Heeheehee! We were off to a good start.
The section of the Galapagos we were about to see is called the North Central area, and encompasses the islands of Genovessa, Seymour Norte, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Española, and San Cristóbal.
I have spent many hours whittling down photos from about 3,000 to just over 700. I’ll save the ones that didn’t make the cut on the original camera cards, but they just can’t be on the computer or in scrapbooks. Before I print them, I’ll attempt to thin them even more. Sometimes when I let a few months go by, it gets a little easier. You would think that once you’ve seen one blue-footed boobie, you’ve seen them all, but each photo captures them just a little differently.
How I’m going to decide which ones to show you is beyond me. So I guess I’ll just jump in and make a selection that tells the story, and we’ll see what happens!
Hannah decked out and ready to explore!
The Zodiac was our mode of travel to and from the ship.
A species we didn’t see last time and didn’t even know existed!
Our favorite, Blue-footed Boobies
Photographing the Sally Lightfoot Crabs (love them!)
A Frigate with his wares on display!
One of many beautiful sunsets
Small marine iguana
They like to huddle for warmth.
Photographing is fun because the animals have no fear of humans
Albatross – Hannah got an eyeful of THEIR mating habits!
At the fish market, the critters hang out waiting for scraps!
Swimming with the sea lions!
The sea lions pretty much own the place!
Lots of nursing pups
And, finally, the tortoises
Playing with a shell…
…and her best turtle face!
All too soon, it was time to head back to civilization…
Hope you enjoyed our little tour! If the Galapagos are not on your bucket list, you might want to add it. It is a unique experience, and we’ve just touched on the highpoints – WAAAAAAY more to see!