I select you, naturally! (Galapagos - Day 1)

 

The night before our flight to the Galapagos I was apparently still dreaming about Zuleta. Leigh slightly bitterly reported that I was talking about "not being able to see it" because I "wasn't high enough" in my sleep, so I'm assuming my subconscious was still frustrated with not being able to see the top of the big volcanoes in the highlands. Damn clouds!

Our morning was uneventful, save for when Leigh spotted a restaurant called "Cajun Exotic Cuisine" in the Guayaquil airport. We unfortunately didn't get to sample it due to being trapped in the security line, but we agreed that it was probably legit. Otherwise, our countless transfers to the Endeavour (involving busses, a plane, and zodiacs) went off without a hitch thanks to Lindblad's expert coordination.  

We had plenty of time to settle into our cabins and learn all the safety guidelines associated with life on a ship. Some highlights:

  • Life jackets help you float
  • Sometimes waves are in the ocean
  • In the case of an emergency, do not panic and throw yourself off the ship

Our expedition leader, Paula, gave us a quick rundown on the geology of the Galapagos islands (you know how I love plate tectonics!) and we all loaded into zodiacs for a short visit to Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz island. Leigh and I were lucky enough to be in a zodiac that decided it needed a coffee break on the way to the island, so we got to hang out in the ocean for a little bit. Leigh made some lovely faces while the driver messed with the outboard motor for a couple minutes, including some light Mcgyvering using a name badge, but we ultimately ended up calling in the calvary. The rescue zodiac showed up in a jiffy, and we were jumping out at Las Bachas with practically no time lost. The walk itself was a brief, but a really nice introduction to the Galapagos. 

Hmmm.... I thought it would be bigger

Hmmm.... I thought it would be bigger

Broken first zodiac ride

Broken first zodiac ride

Zodiac driver doing his thing... such concentration!

Zodiac driver doing his thing... such concentration!

Celso taping an interview for the expedition film team

Celso taping an interview for the expedition film team