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Galapagos, Day 4

Written on: Wednesday September 5th, 2007

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

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting the last few journals from my South America trip now that I'm settled in my new apartment in California. Its actually November 11, almost two months since I returned from my journey, so I'll keep them brief cause I don't remember many day-to-day details. But once you're done with this one, click ahead to see the rest....

Today was the half-way point of our trip. Several people departed the boat and several more joined to take their place. We spent most of the day on Santa Cruz at the port. First we visited the Darwin Research Station, where various tortoises are kept, including Lonesome George, the tortoise that is the last of his kind. Apparently, they've been trying to mate him with other tortoises of a similar species, but he appears to not be able to know how to do "it". The scientists think one reason may be because his relatives all died off before he was old enough to learn.

Next, we took a short trip up into the highlands of the island and visited some tortoises in the "wild". Its kinda hard to imagine that these creatures were wild, since they moved sooo sslllooowwlllyyy. Nonetheless, it was interesting to see them roaming in nature (even if it was a protected reserve).

Tonight we sail south to Floreana across open sea. We are told this would be a rough and sickening journey... and they were right.