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Galapagos Discoveries

Hiking and snorkeling San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela islands

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Fish market, with sea lion and pelican helping out
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Kathleen Rollins
We need these islands. We need to know there are whales that are happy to play with boats and sea lion pups that are happy to play with visitors. But we also need to respect this place. It’s …
Sea lion playing off Isla Lobos
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Kathleen Rollins
On our last full day in the islands, we took an 11-mile hike to the most barren and fascinating place I’ve ever seen: the Sierra Negra volcanic fields. The 2005 flow was still black in the …
Our table with a view
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Kathleen Rollins
We took what Sebastian optimistically called a “45-minute walk” to Tortuga Beach. It was very hot, and the sun was brutal, but when we got to the beach, we were struck speechless. It was …
Booby flying over a rocky coast
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Kathleen Rollins
We took a boat to Isabela Island and visited a marine iguana nesting area that was next to a channel marked “No swimming. Shark resting area.” And, indeed, there were several white-tipped …
sunset on the beach
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Kathleen Rollins
We were pounding across the rough sea between San Cristobal and Santa Cruz, with the four of us seated on the upper deck bench of the “Sofia Girl,” when Captain Naim “Nacho” …
Galapagos Tortoise
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Kathleen Rollins
Andreas, our naturalist on Santa Cruz, had given us an overview of the geology and biology of the islands, as well as a review of Charles Darwin’s research there. Often referred to locally as …
Frigate bird
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Kathleen Rollins
On Day 3, we went snorkeling with young sea lions off the Isla des Lobos. Or, I should say, they swam with us. Played with us. We paddled along, and the sea lions swam under and around us, twisting, …
Giant Galapagos Tortoise
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Kathleen Rollins
Once we arrived in the Galapagos, we met the couple from Colorado who completed our group for the Adventure Life “Hiking the Galapagos 9-day” tour, February 24 – March 4, 2009. Our …
Galapagos penguin
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Kathleen Rollins
Adventure Life Trip Journal: Hiking Galapagos Tour by Kathleen Rollins The first step in modern travel is often the strangest. It involves packing clothes that don't suit the season you're used …

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