At 2:00 a.m. we heard the anchor rattle up for the departure for Baltra. I got up to watch the crew maneuver expertly around the boats in the harbor. At dawn we circled Daphne Island, little more than a rocky cupcake, where a crew of scientists has been maintaining a long-term finch examination. They have actually been able to demonstrate evolution at work, with the finches’ beaks changing measurably in response to differing amounts of food available in different years, depending on the weather.
At 8:00 a.m. we were shunted off the boat to the airport for an 11:40 flight back to Quito. What a hurley-burley! Take me back to the Angelito!