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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Galapagos Islands: Baroness Outlook & Galapagos Penguins

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BARONESS OUTLOOK ON FLOREANA ISLAND

This afternoon was a short hike up a hill to Baroness Outlook, a small wood framed platform with beautiful views of the bay below.

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I WOULD BUILD MY HOUSE HERE TOO WITH THIS VIEW

Baroness Outlook was actually the location of a self-proclaimed German woman who came to the island to live without societies strictures in 1929 with her two lovers. There were a few inhabitants surviving on the islands and the addition of these three transformed the islands peaceful living into a small hell. There were accusations and intrigues for years; then in 1934 the first lover left and soon after the baroness and her other lover disappeared. The other island inhabitants swear the two went off on their yacht together but no one has ever given any creditance to their story because shortly after the disappearance other accidental deaths happened; four dead in total. The mystery has never been solved.

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MR ROGUE AND I ON TOP OF THE OUTLOOK PLATFORM

In the description the walk sounded like a nice short stroll. Since I had been wearing my heavy hiking boots everyday I decided to wear my flip flops and give my poor feet a little change of pace. The hike was not a light stroll and the path was full of stones… note to self wear the hiking boots.

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ROCKY PATH

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ME ON THE PATH BACK TO THE ZODIAC

After our hike we went on a short zodiac ride down the coast to look for wildlife. We were told to keep our eyes peeled for the Galapagos Penguin who usually frequents this area.

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WE WERE SEARCHING THE BLACK LAVA ROCKS FOR ANY SIGN OF A PENGUIN

I was so excited to finally spot one drying in the open on a rock.

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THE FAMOUS GALAPAGOS PENGUIN

The Galapagos penguin is the only penguin to live north of the equator. Normally a penguin could never live on the equator, it would just be too warm, but because of the Humbolt current which brings cold waters to this tropical island this penguin has adapted nicely.

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I AM THE HOTTEST PENGUIN EVER

They spend most of the hot day hunting or frolicking in the water to keep cool.

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I DON’T LIKE TO GET HOT

Near dusk they will perch on rocks to dry out their feathers. Once dry they spend their evenings in the deep recesses of cool caves.

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DRYING OFF

The Galapagos penguin mates for life and can breed anytime of the year. They can have two to three chicks a year, usually one at a time, and one parent will always stay with the chick while the other hunts for food. In this way the chick always has protection.

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WHAT A GREAT PARENT

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