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Charles Darwin’s finches

Somehow, many millions of years ago, a finch arrived on the Galapagos Islands. Did it float on a raft of greenery and logs from the mainland? This was long before a boat would have carried it across the thousand miles … Continue reading

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Expectation vs Reality

We never thought this trip would happen for us, but it did. No matter how much we read about the islands, the animals, and birds, our expectations didn’t prepare us for the reality of the surprisingly diverse and wonderful adventure … Continue reading

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Procreation is in the air

It’s time to get on with it: do a little courtship, select a mate, fix up the nest, and reproduce. What’s true in other places is amplified in the Galapagos where so many birds make frantic efforts to mate in … Continue reading

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The big question: what’s the difference between tortoises and turtles?

On our flight to the Galapagos Islands, one of us napped and the other crammed like a school exam would be given on arrival. So, the big question: what’s the difference between tortoises and turtles? Did we somehow miss this … Continue reading

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The 1,000th

We had not been chasing numbers, only delighted to see new birds and record them on our list. Before we arrived in Ecuador, we had seen 970 birds on our travels across North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.   There are … Continue reading

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A surprisingly creepy and dangerous place

When we stepped onto the sand beach, the warm summer sun and turquoise water gave us the feeling of a tropical paradise in the Galapagos Islands. Things are not always as they seem on the island of Fernandina.   As we … Continue reading

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Things happen no matter where you are

A few years ago, we slept through a typhoon in Kyoto, Japan; and now we’re faced with an earthquake in Ecuador. We were having our last dinner on board the ship, a grand finale to our week-long visit to the … Continue reading

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Landed from the air, shipping out to sea

The journey from Portland, Oregon to Guayaquil, Ecuador required three flights. The first went well. The second was delayed. The third was cancelled. So it goes in the new era of air travel. Still, we are grateful to bounce across … Continue reading

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one way to plan a BIG trip

It all started with three great destinations: Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Bahia Bustamante in Argentina.  How could we possibly choose between them? They’re on the same continent, so we reasoned, “Wouldn’t it be possible to … Continue reading

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Trip planning: a new lesson learned

We knew that someday we’d visit the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, and knew just how we’d do it. A trip-of-a-lifetime deserved the best. Years ago we pored over the photos in the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions … Continue reading

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