Nobody puts Nessy in a corner (Galapagos - Day 7)

 

Our last (and I think best) day in the Galapagos! This morning Leigh and I realized we still haven't gone to visit the captain, which is a crime considering we come from hearty Texas boating stock. So when we woke up at 5:30am per usual, we went up to the bridge to hang out with Captain John before breakfast. I'm really kicking myself for not barging up there sooner! We had a great time chatting and bonded quickly over Port Arthur, TX of all places. Apparently he used to captain cargo ships in the gulf and has a soft spot for our little hometown... I must admit, I don't understand it, but to each his own!

After breakfast we went on a really lovely hike at Punta Pitt. Although it was pretty short, we got a decent amount of elevation change and some great views! Back on the beach we had plenty of free time to hang out in the sand, which sparkled like a vampire in the sun (sooo shinny). There was also a moment where I just about died of adorable: A sea lion pup chasing a marine iguana and biting it's tail. It was the cutest thing I have seen and will ever see! Leigh got a great video of it, so I'll try to see if I can post it soonish.

In the afternoon we went snorkeling around Leon Dormido, specifically in a narrow, deep channel between two towering volcanic rocks with a pretty decent current. This area attracts a good variety of marine life and made for some great skin diving along the underwater cliffs. We saw sharks! Like several! Including hammerheads!! The water was also invested with tons of small, unavoidable jellyfish, so we all came out of the water with several minor nematocyst stings. But who cares, because sharks!

For our last night, Jo, a teacher from Tomás de Berlanga, and Javier, a research from CDRS, showed us around to some of the local bars in town. The cargo ship that brings supplies to the Galapagos sunk near the mainland earlier in the week, so the bars were very limited on options. Not to worry though, because when you order a whiskey soda that is mostly just whiskey you quickly don't care if they have limes. It was a really nice way to round out the trip with some wonderful new friends!

Also, I wrote down "Nobody puts Nessy in a corner" in my notes about today. I don't remember who said it or why I wrote it down, but I love it.

A notch to mark every polar bear sighting (the ship was previously stationed in the Arctic)

A notch to mark every polar bear sighting (the ship was previously stationed in the Arctic)

Little do they know my jokes always go overboard...

Little do they know my jokes always go overboard...

Not as sparkly in picture form, but trust me. That's some shiny sand!

Not as sparkly in picture form, but trust me. That's some shiny sand!

Gilda saving the Galapagos from a plastic bag!

Gilda saving the Galapagos from a plastic bag!

Lava lizzard

Lava lizzard

A couple of the naturalists relaxing in the shade

A couple of the naturalists relaxing in the shade

Tallying up points for Junior Naturalist

Tallying up points for Junior Naturalist

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(cue repeated minor 2nds)

(cue repeated minor 2nds)

Is this real life? Of course sea lions are just napping under streetlights and on benches... that's a thing...

Is this real life? Of course sea lions are just napping under streetlights and on benches... that's a thing...