July 13, 2016

A Trip to the Galápagos

If you ever get the opportunity, I encourage you to visit the extraordinary Galápagos Islands.

The Galápagos is an archipelago of volcanic islands set along the equator about 600-miles off the South American coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The islands were formed from erupting volcanos millions of years ago. There are actually 19-islands and dozens of other islets and volcanic rocks in the chain. I last visited the Galápagos 20-years ago, but I wanted to return there with my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, so they could get a glimpse of these most remarkable phenomenons - all the islands of the Galápagos.

Over the next few days, I will share lots of memories from our Galapagos cruise guided by Quasar Expeditions. We visited several islands and saw a multitude of exotic wildlife, marine birds and fish. We learned about the vast number of endangered animal and plant species endemic to the Galápagos, and all the research and work being done to save them by the Charles Darwin Research Station, the biological research facility operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.  And, we enjoyed many spectacular views. Our wonderful journey began with a flight to Quito, Ecuador. Here are some of my photos - enjoy.

And, if you would like to donate to the Charles Darwin Foundation, please click here to link to their web site.