My very first blog entry was about how I love waking up on the 1st day of a New Year anywhere other than here.
This year I woke up on the stunning Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
It was a glorious week of hiking, soaking in hot springs, snorkeling, swimming, rum punch, champagne cocktails at sunset and staggering views. And did I mention rum punch?!
And even though I may be back to freezing my buns off in New York, I will hold those memories very, very close to me. When I’m trudging through the snowy streets of Manhattan, I will think of this trip and it will make me smile. And that’s priceless.
I’m going to leave you with this. Travel. Travel. Travel.
Traveling may get pushed aside when the busyness of our everyday lives trumps everything else but travel is important. Travel makes us happy and life flies by way too ridiculously fast to not be happy.
Travel really is good for the mind, body and soul.
And yes, that may be a cliché but sayings become clichés for a reason.
Never, ever, take that for granted.
In advance of your trip, call your credit card company and bank (if using an ATM) and put a ‘travel alert’ on your account so your card isn’t cancelled or frozen from suspicious charges.
So, in a quick summary… every day, I woke up, thinking, “I wonder what amazing wildlife I will see today?!” Well, it was always many, always amazing and I was never disappointed.
What is truly astonishing about these islands is that there are new and incredible sights around every turn. Within moments we might see beautiful Red-Footed Boobies feeding their young, Nazca Boobies arguing with their neighbors over land turf & Frigate Birds puffing out their bright red chests to attract a mate. Then we might see Blue-Footed Boobies doing a mating dance, Flightless Cormorants & Penguins waddling on shore, snoozing Sea Lions and Land Iguanas sleeping in our footpath, Marine Iguanas swimming next to our boat and moon-like landscapes that look like you stepped onto another planet or dimension. Moments later, dolphins may be racing with our yacht and whales may be seen while Al Fresco dining.
There are so many fabulous days to reflect on but whichever one I look back at, I can honestly say that it was truly incredible to be part of the animal’s unique world for the week and if I had my way, I would return to the Galapagos Islands again and again and again.
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Had a wonderful alfresco lunch after our walk this morning where we saw Red-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigate Birds with their full red pouches puffed out and 3 Short-Eared Owls. The owls didn’t even flinch when I was just a few inches from them! Unbelievable.
The Red-Footed Boobies are so cool, their feet are bright red & their beaks/bills are blue. The owls were beautiful. The Nazca’s were cute, building their little nests on the ground made with twigs & rocks.
We’re on Genovesa Island today. We’re inside a crater where part of it broke off allowing water to come in and fill it.
We then went snorkeling. I saw 2 sea lions, an Eagle Ray, a Manta Ray and a cute little fish called Guineafowl Puffer. Everyone else saw Hammerheads, but me, I’m so bummed! So, alas, we’re leaving Darwin Bay and heading back to Baltra for our departure tomorrow. I think I’m gonna cry. I don’t want to leave.
So, this afternoon after another yummy lunch, we took another, our final, walk and saw SO many more Red-Footed Boobies, many of them with their babies. We watched some of them feed their babies, so cute. We also saw Galapagos Doves, sea lions and so many Frigates. I loved seeing a blanket of green foliage and then the red pouches of the Frigate Birds peppered throughout all that green. It’s stunning.
And I most especially love the fact that you can come within inches of all the wildlife and they don’t even flinch. It’s absolutely fantastic. And speaking of fantastic, what an utterly fantastic trip. Phenomenal.
So, what would be a perfect end to a perfect trip? Well, whales & dolphins, of course.
We saw whales and a huge school of dolphins jumping out of the water as the sun was setting.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
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Woke up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise again. Stunning.
We snorkeled after walking Rabida Island, which is still part of Santiago Island. It was a great snorkel. We saw 8 White-Tipped Reef Sharks (tame), 1 sea lion & 2 huge Eagle Rays (3-5 ft wing span) & oh so many beautifully colored Starfish in bright reds, yellows and oranges.
So very awesome.
Wanna read more? See here for Galapagos Days 1 - 5