Land Iguanas, Frigate Birds, Giant Tortoises
Trip Start Feb 22, 2011
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Bartolome and North Seymour Islands, July 28th - Pinnacle Rock
By our fifth day on the Letty we were starting to really settle into "yacht-life". For starters, we had gratefully found our sea legs and were hardly ever noticing the rock and sway of the boat anymore. We also had adjusted to our demanding, but extremely rewarding, daily routines. From sun-up to sun-down our days were packed with two island hikes, one or two snorkeling trips and a seemingly continuous feasting schedule. To say the least, we never went bored or hungry! During the evenings we would then kick back and relax to a round of cards or movie in the "living room" before heading down to our cozy cabin.
Santa Cruz Island, July 29th - Tortoise, Charles Darwin Research Station
After another relaxing evening and a short night cruise south, we arrived at Santa Cruz Island - one of the few inhabited islands in the Galapagos. After taking our pangas to the pier, we started the day with a short and scenic bus ride up the islands highlands. It was strange to be back in civilization again, but even stranger to be walking on solid ground. You couldn't help but feel like you were swaying back and forth whenever we stopped to stand around... but dat tis the life of a pirate!
On our way we made a quick stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes in the Galapagos. It was pretty interesting to learn about the formation of these 20 foot high tubes. More than anything though, it was just a fun experience to walk through them. At any moment you expected lava to come shooting through the tunnel or some nocturnal beast to jump at you from around the corner - very erie!