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Galapagos Trip April 2012

A father and son trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos. My son Ben (15) took all of these photos. Well, not the one of Ben on the lava rocks, I took that one.

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Sea lion soaking up the sun
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John Collins
Arrived back in Quito. Enjoyed being on land. Ben enjoyed having Internet access again. Spent hours going through photos and appreciating what a unique experience we had.
Sea Turtle on panga ride in the mangroves
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John Collins
Up and off the boat by 8:15 so they could clean and provision it for the next group. We left our packed bags in our cabins and would see them next at the airport It was these little things that …
Land Iguana
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John Collins
We took a bus to the highlands to see a unique sunken volcano formation and then to the Charles Darwin Research Center. We got to see Lonesome George along with many other giant tortoises. We walked …
Sally Lightfoot Crab
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John Collins
Great coastline with rocky lava formations and crashing surf which created huge geysers at times some of the formations were natural bridges and passage ways. On area is called Darwin's toilet which …
Ben on lava rocks with land iguanas
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John Collins
Urbina Bay We took the panga and had a wet lnding on a black sandy beach. We took a nice long hike on sandy and rocky trail. This is where we got to see at least 10 giant tortoises and as many or …
Short Eared Owl
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John Collins
The trip to Fernandina took all night. Our first excursion of the day was to the island via panga landing on lava rocks (very slippery...always listen to your guide when they suggest what shoes to …
those are some red feet
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John Collins
Tuesday Up at 7:00 A.M. Breakfast then ready in pangas by 8 am for a wet landing on a sandy beach. We walked a short distance to brackish lagoon and saw 8 pink flamingos. We watched them for a bit …
Searching for lunch
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John Collins
Monday. Genovesa Early rise and early out to be first on the island. We took the Prince Phillip steps to the top where we were greeted by all kinds of birds. This was as our first encounter with …
Flamingos doing a dance
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John Collins
Sunday. San Cristobal After boarding boat (our luggage already in our cabin) we unpacked and meet the other guests and had a great lunch. Then off on our first excursion to a giant tortoise …
Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
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John Collins
Arrived late in the day from Houston and proceeded to hotel. Decided to have dinner there and had what was to be the first (of many) side dishes of popcorn. What a great idea.
Male Frigate Bird
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John Collins
Got delayed in Houston. Oh well.

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