Galapagos Part II

Last Saturday I embarked on my second trip to the Galapagos Islands.  Nothing is more hair-raising than taking 30 kids to a foreign country.  With my handy SPF 30 in one hand, and a travel size johnson & johnson baby powder (a self-proclaimed sponsor of my summer European travels) in the other I felt like I was ready for anything the Equator had to throw at me.  Sadly, in the end the Ecuadorian sun got the best of me, especially when I had to give up my touristy hat to a British student who needed it far more than I did.

Animal shots below, Landscape shots coming up in a few weeks.

Each of the three islands we visited had its own unique flare.  San Cristobal with the snorkel at Kicker Rock and the streets that were overrun with sea lions.  Isabella Island with its crystal clear water, 2,000 inhabitants and an active volcano.  It was also the first time I have ever seen penguins in the wild. Finally Santa Cruz, home to one of the premiere scientific field stations in the world.  A week of science, photography, snorkeling and hiking that won’t soon be forgotten, and tortoises, we shouldn’t forget about the tortoises…

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French Alps

The ride through the french alps was one of the scarier roads I have ever been on.  It was very similar to the road to Imlil through the High Atlas except for the fact that the chance of being overtaken by a donkey cart were slim to none.  Luckily I was not driving, but that did not stop my  normal routine of getting lost and having the nervous sweats.  We eventually found a map and had to backtrack to get to our destination.  Throughout the hike we were surrounded by budding flowers, and the sounds of waterfalls from all of the late spring runoff.  Snow caps were still visible above the tree line and the water from the waterfalls were ice cold.  I don’t know if any French beer companies have a “Coors Light rocky mountain ad campaign”, but if they do I am positive I found where they would get the water from.  The hike ended at a runoff fed lake, that gave way to breathtaking views and a few picnicking french people.  While taking a nap on the hill next to the lake I felt like someone was playing a babbling brooke meditation playlist on itunes.  Very peaceful, very fun, very recommended.