Frigates in Love
Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
16Trip End Feb 03, 2012
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I begin to think I'd like to have those Wellies we left behind on the Napo. Our walk is over rocks surrounded by red clay. The clay and the rocks are very wet. The clay is like...well, clay. It clings to our shoes. Soon, I'm several inches taller as the clay continues to accumulate. Everyone pauses in their stroll to try and kick some off. Then we get to navigate around the clay clumps as well.
Edie has found a lovely stick that works well both to walk with and to scrape off some gunk
Back to the beach, where we tried to wash off some of the red gunk and picked up sand instead on our wet shoes. I think I prefer the sand. Back on the ship they hose us down again. I think my socks are permanently clay-died red. I take the shoes up on the sunny deck to try and dry them out.
After lunch, we have a briefing on our departure schedule for the next day. Can't believe it's nearly over. I stop at the reception desk to download a photo of the flamingos for their contest. Sign away my rights in the process. Interesting if I see the shot used by them in the future.
We've sailed eastward around the top of Santa Cruz to land at the very small island of North Seymour, which is just north of Baltra (also known as South Seymour), where we started. This is a bird sanctuary where we expect to see Frigate birds. We might even see the males exhibiting their bright red neck pouches for the ladies. Those lucky girls!
This is a nice dry landing- hah! I should know better. Dry yes, but we get off on steep rocks
That evening, we all gather in the lounge for a farewell drink- one of those colorful things. And I win 3rd prize for my photo. Not sure who the judges were....but I did get a few congrats and complements from folks over dinner.
Back to the room and pack again- it's getting easier. There's way more dirty than clean and mostly is pretty damp.