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Two Perspectives on Our Galapagos Journey

During the Summer of 2009 I promised my grandson that the following summer, after his high school graduation, I'd take him anywhere in the world as long as he was willing to travel with me. He chose the Galapagos Archipelago.

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Bartolome- Early morning hike up stairs
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Sandy Lane
We awoke early to catch an early flight out of Quito. We arrived home in the US safely and full of memories of a wonderful grandmother-grandson adventure. Afterword - Awesome is probably a word that …
Rare cactus w/ different colors due to pH levels in ground
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – At 6 AM, bags and people left the boat at Santa Cruz, ultimately for the flight to Quito. At the dock, we spied our goofy bus named First Class, and took our seats. On board all 15 of …
Bartolome - Snorkeling from the Zodiak
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – I’ve had limited conversations with some of our 10 crew members. None spoke English well, all are native to Galapagos, and none has ever been to the USA. Our guide, Samuel …
Bartolome - Leif standing at the top of the climb
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – We started the morning with a great breakfast that included French toast. Every morning we have fresh fruit juice; usually we have no idea what fruit the juice comes from, but it is …
Rabida - Bump-head parrotfish that we saw while snorkeling
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Sandy Lane
Sandy -This morning the group went to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos' capital, to visit the Interpretive Center. I did not go because 4 hours will be spent in the town and I cannot imagine not …
Rabida Island- Two sea lions on the beach
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – Plazas Sur, the island we sailed to overnight, is named after a man whose importance I don't remember. My leg was better today but not great enough to walk without hanging on to …
Rabida Island- The two of us on our hike
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Sandy Lane
Sandy –Our day started with a glorious early morning hike on a boardwalk on Bartolomé Island to the top of the volcano. My leg had been taxed by the rough terrain, but this hike was made …
Santa Cruz- "First Class" bus ride to Puerto Ayora
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – Having cruised all night, we awoke to an exciting, exhilarating day. We went to a beach on Rabida for hiking and viewing the wildlife. The rocks and beach sand were an iron-rich red. …
Our yacht, Millennium, led us to many adventures.
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – We had a short, not-so-good night at the Hotel Eugenia because of noise outside, a lumpy pillow, and a headache (I suspected it was due to the high altitude). We were picked up at 6 AM …
Quito, Ecuador- Photo taken from plane
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – All life offers to us is opportunity and so we, grandmother and grandson, seized the opportunity granted to us and left for the Philadelphia Airport early in the morning in the pouring …

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