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Quito and Galapagos Trip

Again, not remembering which creature went with which island is a bit frustrating as I write this, but I just happened to remember the nesting boobies, and how they simply stood in the path unconcerned by our presence. That is probably the most amazing thing of all about this place - they didn't seem to know our history, and seemed to range from either unconcerned or playfully curious, in the case of the sea lion pups.

It is worth noting, though, that these are wild animals, and we were reminded of that fact by a BIG male sea lion while we were snorkeling nearby. He was barking loudly for us to stay away, and we did!! You'll never feel threatened by them, though ... it's more a matter of mutual respect. Awesome concept, eh?