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Galapagos, Day 2

Written on: Monday September 3rd, 2007

A journal entry from: Bolivia, Peru, and the Galapagos!

Before dozing off last night, I decided to take some motion sickness pills. Though we were still at anchor in a bay, we were supposed to set sail at 3am and I was a bit worried how my (usually weak) stomach would handle it. Unfortunately, the main side affect of the pills is drowsiness, so although I had slept for over 9 hours, I found it impossible to drag myself out of bed at 6:30am, and for the rest of the day I walked around half asleep.

First thing I saw this morning when I looked out our cabin window was the island of Sombrero Chino just off the south shore of Santiago Island. It was a beautiful site to wake up to. After a big breakfast (cereal, fruit, bread, and an omelette) we set off for shore. We walked for a bit along the beach where we saw several sea lion females along with their recently born pups lounging on the shore; the colony's male was off in the water patroling the shoreline. We also saw lava lizards, Galapagos hawk, and more marine iguanas. Next we snorkled off the dinghy.

Before lunch, we sailed for about an hour to the island of Bartolome off the east coast of Santiago. Here we snorkeled more (and got the chance to swim with a sea lion!) then we went for a walk to the top of a dormant volcano on Bartolome for a wonderful view of the island (which is also where the movie Master and Commander was partially filmed). We finally wrapped up the day with a dinghy ride to look for penguins (who should have been coming to shore at this time to hole up in their caves for the night), but we only found three. One interesting note about these penguins is that they are the only penguins found in the Northern Hemisphere (and only that because the Galapagos straddles the equator). Finally, returned to the Pelikano for our briefing for the next day, and dinner. We then sailed for about 2 hours to James Bay on the northwest corner of Santiago Island before going to sleep.