Back to School for Timbo

Seems every snorkel adventure we have ever signed up for included a barrel of rum punch and loud calypso music.  Not so much in the Galapagos!!!

As we boarded the boat no one was wearing bikinis either…  they had binoculars and bird books??   Even a 10 year old kid was reading a book waiting in line???    Whooo man…  where am I ???

When in Rome as they say!   OK lets learn something.. if we have to….

First up Daphne Major Island

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These two Brits moved on the island in 1972…  spent 6 months bird watching… well more like catching Finch’s… giving them a name.. and studying them…  but not just for 6 months..   they have done this every year for 40 years!   Biologists at Princton, they have proven (yet again?) Darwins evolution, studying each bird actually change…

(When I asked if they grew web feet or something, I got a smart remark back.. as in … YES thats it……   I think she was kidding)

Anyhoo…  they have a few hundred pet birds and are looking for volunteers to take over the study…    Ryan???

Along the way we ran into the Dolphins.. (see video after this post)… that was pretty awesome.. we have seen 100’s of dolphins in the Atlantic, but these are much larger and really put on a show! One stood on its nose and smacked it’s tale at the end, im sure asking for applause!

OK.. recess is over.. back to school!

How about we climb a Volcano?  Robin looks at her FITBIT and says…  lets go!

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Only very low intelligent Lizards live on this Rock…  You can cook breakfest eggs on any surface its so hot… wow

So what do they eat?  (See you do want to learn)….

well a type of plant that ONLY grows here.. is what they eat…   some cross breed of a cactus and moss from my observation…

Check out the View from the TOP!!!  Thats our boat waaaay down there….

Now on the way up the guide promised there was beer and ice cream at the top… so Timbo was excited…

I swear I heard the  Lizards laughing as we made the summit.

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Anyone ready for a swim???   Damn right… down we go!

But First lets walk on some BABY lava..  only 100 years old..

Its still black…  old lava turns red as the iron oxidizes…   (so you learned something today)..  my Ford truck didnt take 100 years to oxidize…

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Now to Snorkelling!!!   They took us to the spot in their PANGA.. thats what we call DINGY…  here its PANGA..  and they are way bigger and dont fill with water…. Parker would like them better.

So.. the guide stops the Panga.. and I notice we are floating quickly the wrong direction from where he was telling us to snorkel…  The driver started a conversation in thick quick spanish to the guide… and when he stopped, I said “Definitely I agree, we cant get out here..  lets go up stream..”    Spanish lesson complete!

There were 100’s of fish, but I noticed the GoPro lens (waterproof case) started to get some drops of saltwater in it…   So, filming was HALTED… amazingly the camera is fine?

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Not toooo often you get Robin to go Snorkelling!!!  But she was a champ today!   The kids are proud!!!

OK… anyone ready for a Cervas???

Back to the boat for a really great meal!..   They had HUGE portions of some pork chops covered in sauce… I took the biggest piece..  and CHOWED down!   About 2/3 through Robin looked at me and asked?

How do you like the TUNA?

OMG..

(Timbo doesnt think he likes fish)

 

 

 

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