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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Galapagos Islands: Getting to Baltra

Since we decided to bring the big 500mm lens I was a little stressed on our way out to the airport this morning. With all our camera equipment and our laptop (to hold all the photos we were going to take) all of which is delicate equipment and had to be carry-on’s we were well over the declared limit. Thank goodness all my worrying and stressing was for nothing. We didn’t have any troubles with our carry-ons other than our shoulders from carrying all that extra weight.

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TAKING OFF FROM QUITO AIRPORT

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OUR TICKETS TO THE GALAPAGOS

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TIRED FROM ALL THE FLYING BUT EXCITED TO FINALLY LAND

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A BEAUTIFUL MEDLY OF BLUES FROM THE PLANE WINDOW

Being on the plane on the way to the Galapagos was surreal. I had read about the Galapagos, I had prepared for the trip, but for me, when that door opened my dream had finally become a reality... we were really here!!!!

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WE FINALLY LANDED, ALL OUR GROUP DISEMBARKING FROM THE PLANE AT THE BALTRA AIRPORT

We walked off the plane, the heat pressed in, sweat trickled down my back. The humidity was higher than I expected and caused Mr. Rogues hair to stand on end, like some crazy mad scientist straight out from his head and remained there for the rest of the week. He would have looked horribly terrifying except for the huge grin smacked across his face.

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WE LANDED IN THE BALTRA AIRPORT IN THE GALAPAGOS

After weeding through customs we trooped onto the bus and started chatting with our neighbors. With only 90 people in our entire group familiar faces were already constantly popping up.

Once the bus stopped by the pier we all piled out and as we were waiting in line our first sea lions presented themselves right on the dock. These were the first of many hundreds we would see; however at this particular moment we had no idea. All we knew is that there was a SEA LION on the pier... right there in front of us and it was not running away. I think I took about 300 photos of that sea lion even though the guides assured us we would be seeing more. I just couldn’t help myself. At the end of the trip we were all joking about the photos wasted on that first sea lion and although I did laugh at the joke I cannot help but love those first photos and cherish that first sea lion.

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FIRST SEA LION = PRICELESS

I had plenty of time to photo, getting 90 people onto the boat took some time. We all shrugged into our life jackets and patiently waited on the pier.

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WAITING ON THE PIER

The boat we are sailing on is a small cruise ship (maximum guest capacity is 90 people) and because the Galapagos Islands do not have docks through its untouched wild islands all of our transportation to and from the boat to shore was done on small zodiacs.

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ONE OF FOUR ZODIACS WE USED FOUR TIMES A DAY TO TRANSPORT US FROM THE SHIP TO THE SHORE

Ahhh we are finally here and I am so incredibly excited.

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NOTHING CAN WIPE THAT GRIN OFF MY FACE

3 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

The skies look iron grey and threatening to rain, how nice to cruise w such a small group. That Sea Lion shot is amazing.

lilmansworld said...

you have such an awesome life :)

E Squared and Mui said...

If you don't mind my asking ... what kind of bags do you use for your camera equipment. We both have sturdy rollabords, and I'm wondering if they are going to present a problem with the zodiac xfer to the Xpedition. We could jerry-rig a couple of duffles if we had to once we get to Quito, but I'd rather not do that unless essential. My Blogger profile has my email contact info. Thanks.

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