Boobies Everywhere!!!

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galápagos,
Saturday, January 26, 2013

So our Galapagos Trip was Ok, I guess.  I mean we were met at the airport by our Guide Javier, a fun knowledgable guide born and raised in the Galapagos and loaded into an air conditioned van for a trip across one of the Islands to another where our catamaran awaited.  On first impression, I thought the Galapagos were a lot browner and less "Tropical" than I had envisioned in my head.

Half-way across the second island we stopped at a "farm" and saw a bunch of land tortoises.  Kinda cool I guess.  They were wild and huge and old.  Imagine some of them were around when Darwin fist made a visit to the Galapagos.

The Catamaran we were on, the Cormorant, was all right too I guess.  If you like being waited on hand and foot and pampered and spoiled right from the start.  Our rooms were connected so Michelle and I could shut the door and actually sleep in a room with out having the boys there. And then if you like having to make a choice every night for a 5-star supper (lobster or beef, fillet minion or fish...) and then follow it up with dessert.  It was rough.  Oh and did I mention we had dessert at lunch too!!!

Everyday we would have to go on at least two or three excursions to see wildlife in an unbelievable setting.  Sometimes walking on Islands covered in Marine Iguanas and Sea Lions, sometimes going snorkelling with tropical fish, sharks, etc.  Let's see, what animals did we see on those trips: Blue footed Boobies, Red footed Boobies, Nasca Boobies (told you there were lots of boobies), Cormorants, Penguins, Frigates, several different finches, Hawks, Owls, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Land tortoises, Marine Turtles, Sea Lions, Fur Seals, tonnes of Tropical fish, Golden Rays, Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Manta Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, Hammer Head Sharks, The Galapagos Shark, Sea Horses, oh and an Octopus.  So if seeing wildlife is your thing I guess the Galapagos is pretty good.  Of course every time we came back to the ship or charming bartender Daniel would be waiting with a different type of fruit drink and a snack for us.

Life on the ship was pretty good too I guess.  Edison our Cruise Director did everything for us making sure all our needs were met.  Our chamber maid Trixie made our beds and had a different towel animal waiting on our beds everyday.  Aiden has taken to folding towels and napkins now too making flowers, turtles, rays and lizards.  Captain Pedro was always around smiling and offering the boys, and Michelle a chance to drive the boat.  Michelle may have gotten a new boyfriend or two on the ship too.  Latinos always working the women.  Michelle enjoyed the extra attention.  Even the engineers were around helping us out.  Giovani spent about half an hour talking to Caleb, getting him pumped up to make the jump off the top deck of the ship (30+ feet up).  All in all the ship, the crew and the food were pretty amazing.  If you like that kind of treatment.

Ok...I hope you can sense my sarcasm.  This part of our trip was something  that we were all looking forward too.  Our anticipation for the Galapagos was pretty high and were were expecting some pretty amazing things.  These expectations were blown away.  I will never forget snorkelling with two sea lion pups and "playing" with them for about 20 minutes.  They would bonk me in the nose, swim under me and blow bubbles at me.  It was incredible.  Swimming with a couple HUGE Hammer Head sharks was pretty awesome too.  Oh and then there was, having the whole family make the jump off the sun deck into the ocean below. Too many memories to share, you will have to wait for the slide shows in the following blogs.  It's going to be hard to beat the Galapagos part of our trip.
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Grandma on

hi there, I was beginning to believe that your trip to the Galapagos was awful.LOL

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