Our View on Santa Cruz

Leaving the Galapagos

Wow…we thought getting there took some steps.  Leaving took almost as many.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and promptly at 7:30 am our journey back to Quito began. We took a private bus from the main part of Santa Cruz to a ferry dock.  We boarded the ferry; us below and our bags haphazardly […]

Giant Sea Turtle

Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

It’s hard to pick a highlight from my trip to the Galapagos, but swimming with the Sea Turtles is probably tied for the top (with the Penguins)*.  I’ve seen small Sea Turtles in Belize, but the massive size and quantity of the ones I got to see off the coast of Isabela is something I […]

Duo of Penguins

Penguin Encounters

The Galapagos penguins are the second smallest penguins in the world.  For some reason I was certain I wouldn’t see any on this trip.  I figured they would be very elusive.  Luckily I saw them three times; all three times were off the shores of Isabela.  The first time they were swimming as our boat […]

Male Tortoise Close-up

Tortoise Encounters

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 the turtles later. So far we’ve visited three tortoises viewing locations.  A farm on Floreana, […]

Getting Ready to Land in San Cristobal

Getting to the Galapagos

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 we could be in the van ready to go to the airport by 6:00 am.  […]

View of Quito from La Basilica

Making Our Way to Ecuador

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 friend’s place in Seattle at 6:00 am Friday morning and arrived at our hotel in […]

Kinley and Aker on Lower Car Deck

Dogs on the Alaska Marine Highway System (Alaska Ferry)

I’ve shared a lot of stories/photos from my trip on the Alaska Marine Highway, but I have more! When I decided to go to Alaska I wanted to bring my dogs with me.  The original plan was to drive.  After thinking about it and some sound advice from my dad, I decided to take the […]

DNP - Sunset Reflecting on Mountain

Sunset in Denali National Park and Preserve

Getting a sunset photo in summer (and even in the spring) could be challenging unless you want to stay up very, very late.  In the middle of the summer there would be a good chance of catching a sunset and sunrise within one hour of each other.  There wasn’t that much daylight while I was […]

DNP - Caribou Prancing Across Road

Prancing Caribou in Denali National Park and Preserve

Caribou are interesting animals.  I found out a couple new tidbits about caribou on this trip. They have hollow hair which helps them swim and keep warm. They keep two temperatures…one for their core body and one for their legs.  In extreme cold, they are able to redirect heat from their legs to their core. […]

DNP - Grizzly Sow and Cubs

Grizzly Bears in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two of the hardest animals to spot in Denali National Park are grizzly bears and wolves.  During my trip I missed out on the wolves, but I did see a grizzly sow and her two cubs.  The little cubs were amazing, so in addition to my photos I snapped a quick video.  They really seemed […]