Town and Santa Fe

Trip Start Apr 03, 2008
Trip End Apr 27, 2008

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos Islands,
Saturday, April 19, 2008

I haven't been complaining to Jeff, but I'd like very much to be with the kids.  If they were here I wouldn't need to go home, but I want them very badly.  My night was filled with dreams about home and I'm very aware that this afternoon they have piano and then Lindsey has a sock hop and overnight at Becca's.  One week left.  One week of hiking to see the same birds, snorkeling to see the same fish and sweating, sweating sweating.

So, what happens today?  We slept in and at 8 went back into town for 2 hours.  Jeff and I spent the time walking around the parts of town where locals spend their time, checked our e-mail and bought some junk food.  One mission of our trip is to find duct tape.  One of our suitcases got a tear and we want the tape to patch it up.  I need to learn the Spanish word for tape before we hit the next town.

At 10 we returned to the boat and Elaine played Yatzee with us.  It was good to play.  This trip has been all serious, no play.  Oh, for anyone considering doing this, I recommend 2 things you bring along; speakers for your mp3 player and dried fruit for snacking.  Snacks on the boat are candy or chips.  About the music, the walls are very thing but during times you know the music wouldn't bother anyone it would be nice.

After lunch and restocking the boat we took the boat the short distance to Isla Santa Fe.  Pretty rough waters but a clear day.  The temp. outside, in the shade, is 90 degrees with very high humidity.  In the sun it is unbearable.  Oh, lunch was beans and rice!  Yeah!  I didn't have to eat any meat!  For breakfast I usually bypass the eggs and ham and have Granola and yogurt.  I wonder if I'll be able to enjoy a dinner without meat too.

During the travel time Jeff stayed in the cabin and was quiet - not reading or writing.  He said he was feeling down but might already have felt better by the time we finished snorkeling.  The big find of the snorkeling was marbled rays shuffling in the sand and 2 - 10 puffer fish observing each ray closely.  Other than that the water was pretty cloudy and the snorkeling uneventful.

As soon as we got cleaned up we headed to the beach for a hike.  The zodiacs landed on a beach with 3 dozen sea lions.  The adorable pups greeted us and played around our feet.  The goal of the hike was to find another version of land iguana; we saw 2.  We also enjoyed a sunset and full moon rising over amazing 20 foot prickly pear trees called Opuntias.  We were able to see inside the trunk of one dead tree and it could have easily been mistaken for a roll of corrugated cardboard.

Back on board it turned out we have a new chef today and I'm going to fatten up with this guy if I don't watch it.  The hor d'oeuvre was pastries filled with jam and the mashed potatoes with dinner were absolutely perfect.  The evening lecture was on beaching cetaceans but I didn't have the heart for learning about whale deaths so I went to my room early.
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