|my folks certainly get around
||[May. 19th, 2005|04:42 am]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
We have just returned to Quito from an amazing cruise in the Galapagos
Isalnds. Have seen a huge range of widlife at very very close quarters, with
the birds and mammals totally unconcerned about human beings. Seen blue
footed boobies and Alabatros nesting and walked through the colonies. Seen
whales, dolphins and sea lions at close quarters and of course the Iguanas -
very strange mammals. And so much more like giant tortoises.
Another amazing highlight was viewing a volcanic eruption from the boat, the
only people to witness the phenomena. We had been on the island in the
morning and saw a huge mushroom of cloud developing like an atom bomb
mushroom. On returning to the boat, we then saw molten lava emerging from
the top and running down the side. Spectacular at night. We stayed overnight
to watch the sight, and took the outboard dinghys to see if the extent of
the lava next morning.
The boat was superb, the crew excellent and our guides outstanding. The food
was also excellent. A number on the boat were sea sick, but we managed very
well, although it was often very choppy during the nightime journeys.
Tomorrow we are off to the jungle!
We are back in Quito next Sunday at this same Swisshotel.
Hope you are all well.
Netta and John
oh and btw mom. iguanas are reptiles. doh!