Today we left lovely Quito, Ecuador, and flew to the Baltra airport on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz. We are excited to begin this adventure, and we are pleased to meet our bunk-mates for the week.
We are a small group of 14, and we feel fortunate that some of those we've met along the way (old, grumpy, and bossy!), both in our Quito hotel and in the Quito airport, are blessing another boat with their presence instead of ours.
We have a darling young couple from Melbourne, Australia aboard; a very nice Canadian family, with daughter who has spent some time in Ecuador with a host family; an interesting, intelligent couple from Belgium, although she's quick to point out that she's French!; and whom are relocating to the US very soon; a very warm wonderful couple from Sydney, Australia (she has a delightful sense of humor); and a guide from South Africa who's also an Ornithologist. So what are the odds of having a bird expert aboard?? Oh, wait. It's the Galapagos ~~ it's like bird heaven. So I guess the odds are actually pretty high. (In case you're wondering, an Ornithologist is somebody who studies the branch of science devoted to birds; including bird songs and flight patterns, as well as physical appearance. I think he's gonna' be a handy guy to have around this week).
All-in-all, an intelligent, stimulating, well-educated, and well traveled group. And terribly pleasant. We could not be more pleased.
I'm wondering how any of the (mostly uninhabited) islands have an airport ~~ and then they tell us it was a US airbase back in the day, 'cause we thought we needed it positioned there to protect the Panama Canal back during WWII. God bless the USofA.
Our boat is the Cormorant, named after a species of bird that's native to the Galapagos, and is unique because it has, through time, lost the ability to fly. We will see them this week, they look more like a penguin than a bird. Our guide says they spent more time diving (for fish) than flying ~~ and it's a good example of "use it or lose it!"
And the yacht is beautiful, even if she has lost her ability to fly.
The table is set and beckons to us ~ just like at my house.
Our cabin is lovely ~ but this is the best part ~
The door that leads to our balcony.
It looks to be a fabulous week ahead.