Quito & Galapagos Islands

Well we are definitely not in Colorado anymore! We arrived in Quito and our hotel is nestled in this super green valley. Our first day was spent in the “old town” of Quito wandering the streets which reminded me a bit of San Francisco because they were so hilly. Beautiful colonial architecture with store fronts all along the town centre. Keith and I both dove right into trying to speak the Spanish language. It is definitely confirmed that he is a better speaker and I can hear it better – so as a team we do pretty well. I am just trying to digest and remember all the new words. Each night I have been super tired and I think part of that is just feeling like you are always working at communication.

We just returned from our five day tour of the Galapagos islands. WOW is all I can say. This unique place met all expectations. I could go on and on about the wildlife. As we first landed on the island it felt a bit like I had been transported right into the movie Jurassic Park. You all know how much that made me smile! So to give some of the highlights…..The first island was Santa Cruz – the largest island we visited. We spent the morning at a tortoise reserve walking around in the wild with these gigantic creatures. They look like a cross between ET and a very old grandpa and are so darn cute! We also walked and crawled (I am not kidding) through lava tunnels which was quite an experience. The next day was spent on the smallest of islands we visited called Floreana. This island only has approximately 200 inhabitants. Black sand beaches, Christmas iguanas, blue footed boobies, penguins and sea lions were everywhere you turned. It was so strange to just walk by these creatures like they were a domestic animal. We snorkeled off of a white sand beach with turtles. Sunsets were gorgeous! Then off to the last island of Isabela. Here we did some pretty fantastic snorkeling! We played with a baby sea lion in the water. I thought Keith said it best when he said that they were like the golden retriever of the sea. We also swam with turtles, sharks, sting rays and large colorful schools of fish. I will be smiling for months. We returned back for one more day in Santa Cruz and got to see flamingos both hanging out and flying – they are beautiful when they fly. Now we are back in Quito. I am swaying right now as I type since we took many boat hops from island to island. Galapagos was a GREAT start to our adventure. Tomorrow we are moving to Otovalo to experience one of the most famous markets in Ecuador. I am beginning to decompress but I have to say the dream of all this has not quite hit me yet. Will certainly let you know when it does. Buenos Noches!

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7 Responses to Quito & Galapagos Islands

  1. Joe & Carla Henry says:

    Fantastic picture of the turtles and loved your description of the islands. And to think this is just the start of your great adventure! Love you lots – be safe!

  2. Shelly Whitehead says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your travels with us. Loved the picture with the turtle! We miss you!!

  3. Stefany says:

    You have already done all of that?!?! LOL. It just sounds like a wonderful place. I especially liked that you were able to swim with sting rays, sharks, turtles and fish. The baby sea lion sounds adorable. Love the picture! That tortiose is sooo cute. You and Keith look so happy and relaxed. Enjoy! I can’t wait for your next adventure.

  4. Ron & Debra Waters says:

    We are so thrilled that we get to go right along with you (in a sense) on this exciting and rewarding excursion. Your descriptions of your visits are awesome — keep them coming! Our love to you!

  5. Mary says:

    Hi! I work with your mother Carla – such a great lady. She misses you so much but was so excited that you both are having this opportunity. I can’t wait to see more pictures and follow your travels over the next six months!

  6. Becky Mullen says:

    I loved hearing about the flying flamingo’s and swimming with sharks. What an amazing experience. I love that you guys dreamed this and put it into action and reality. Enjoy every moment. And know that you are on my mind and in my heart daily!! I miss you and have conversations with you in my head often. LOVE

  7. Tomeekha Pitre-Escott El says:

    OMG!!! I LOVE the turtle… Great words to describe your adventures up to this point. I felt like I was reading a book and every word was a bright and colorful image in my imagination. Thanks for taking us all on this journey with you!

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