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Galapagos, Day 3

Written on: Tuesday September 4th, 2007

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

I didn't take the motion sickness pills last night, because I didn't want to be groggy for our 6am wakeup call. My stomach seemed to survive without incident as well.

Our first item on the itinerary was a 2-hour nature walk along James Bay (before breakfast!). The beach here was black sand, in contrast to the white and brown sandy beaches we had seen thus far. This island was also home to the fur sea lion (a smaller, furrier relative of the Galapagos sea lion we had already encountered), plus lots and lots of marine iguanas. After the walk, we returned to the Pelikano for breakfast and a 3-hour sail to Rabida. I napped and read during the sail, but also manage to catch a glimpse of one of the whales that the more eager guests were viewing from the rood deck.

Once at Rabida, we took yet another nature walk on this red sandy island. The nature walks still haven't gotten boring. While every island offered the same basic species (sally light foot crabs and sealions), they all had very different landscapes (and probably very different birds and other small animals, but I'm not a biologist...). And, the visit wouldn't be complete without another snorkeling session. This time a few of us spotted a sting ray resting on the sea floor! I'd like to take this moment to brag about how "tough" I am. Out of the group, only four us (including me) have done all the swims without a wet suit. The water is supposed to get colder as we move south though, so I'm sure I will soon give in.

After snorkeling, we returned for lunch and a very long sail to Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in the Galapagos. Its now 7:45pm and we have been sailing since 2:00pm. I've spent my time napping, reading, and organizing my photos. The water has been choppy the whole way and my stomach is barely holding on. I took some motion sickness tabs about an hour ago and I hope they kick in soon...

Once at Puerto Ayora, we will have our briefing and dinner. Then, maybe a chance to find some internet and send email to my bank about the dodgy ATM in Quito....