Tortoise Encounters

Male Tortoise Close-up

The lesson of the day was the difference between turtles and tortoises…it’s simple really, yet I had no idea…turtles live in water and tortoises live on land.  We got to see both giant tortoises and giant turtles.  I’ll post about Continue reading Tortoise Encounters

Sea Lion Encounters


One of the first things we learned from our Intrepid guide, when we arrived on San Cristobal, was the difference between Seals and Sea Lions.  He also promised punishment for anyone who called them Seals instead of Sea Lions.  🙂 Continue reading Sea Lion Encounters

Getting to the Galapagos

Getting Ready to Land in San Cristobal

Our tour with Intrepid officially started yesterday with a city tour of Quito, Ecuador but today we stepped foot on our first island in the Galapagos…San Cristobal. The day started fairly early with a 5:00 am wake-up call so that Continue reading Getting to the Galapagos

Making Our Way to Ecuador

View of Quito from La Basilica

View of a portion of Quito, Ecuador from La Basiica. Yesterday goes down in the books as one of my longest travel days yet and will likely hold that spot until I head home from this trip.  We left my Continue reading Making Our Way to Ecuador

2012 Week #33


Today a friend and I hiked to Barclay Lake.  It’s one of my favorite hikes, but I was pretty disappointed by the amount of fog.  I still got a few photos, but these fungi were my favorites.

2012 Week #32

Pre Sunset

If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you know I’m often chasing the sun…either as it rises or as it sets. Today I took the boys to Lake Tye. I know that the first photo isn’t “technically” good, Continue reading 2012 Week #32

Bridge Tour of the MV Colombia

Constant Vigilance

When I took the Alaska Marine Highway System (Alaska Ferry) to Alaska and back one of the things I got to do was a bridge tour.  I got behind the scenes and met the folks “running the ship”.  I first Continue reading Bridge Tour of the MV Colombia