Each evening before dinner our tour group is briefed on what to expect the next day. Last evening, today’s 3 hour hike was described as “powerful” which meant it to be really difficult and that those without the appropriate stamina should think more than twice about taking it.
I decided that I wanted to see the sites and was going to go! It was difficult but well worth the climb up to and around a volcano rim. In the photo you see the water filled crater lake in the foreground named for Charles Darwin and our ship, the MV Galapagos Explorer II, in the background.
Yesterday we saw Galapagos penguins (pictured with marine iguanas), flightless cormorants nesting, blue footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions, sea turtles, a stingray, and a blue heron (pictured eating a baby marine iguana).
We watched the blue heron from about ten feet away as he slowly approached the baby iguana’s hiding spot and carried him away for a meal. Later he repeated the process with another baby iguana.
The excursion is very enjoyable. Thank goodness for the long and sometimes difficult hikes so we can burn off some of the calories we are so willingly consuming from the fantastic food offered at every meal.
We have met many enjoyable people as we always do. Everyone has so many interesting stories about their past trips to exotic places around the world.
Our tour group is arranged into three smaller groups for landings with our own guide. Our group is led by Israel who is a Galapagos native and also the expedition naturalist for our trip. He is a professional and we are glad that he is leading our small group of 13 for the landings by an inflatable boat called a Zodiac. Most landings are dry landings but some are wet…meaning we wade ashore.
We have seen several volcanoes with the tallest at 4900 feet. The last time any of them was active was 2009. Of course all of us would gladly want to see some lava flowing!
This afternoon we are going on a coastline excursion and hopefully tonight we will have a clear sky to see stars. In the next few days we look forward to seeing the large Galápagos tortoise!
I have been asked about the camera I am using. It is the iPhone camera.
That’s all for today…of which I am uncertain today’s date or time!