Weekly Wanders 8: Adrenaline, Arachnids and a Really, Really Big Turtle

With our new and good friend Scotty leaving the island, our week was jam-packed with animal encounters, adrenaline activities and plenty of feasts. In other words, we’ve been playing hooky. A lot.

The Galápagos never stops surprising me with it’s fascinating wildlife. All in this one week we’ve seen giant tortoises, sea lions galore, millions of crabs, marine iguanas, sharks, manta rays, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, and plenty of livestock. It’s been a big one indeed.

There’s certainly something special here, but the temperamental highland weather is starting to get to me. It rains every single day. Did I mention this was the dry season? I left Vancouver for a reason and I’m wondering if I can handle another  2-4 months of this. Then I look at these photos and kick myself for even having that thought.

We were lucky this week when we joined a mini day trip so that we could swim with sea lions and were greeted with sunshine after a rain and mud-filled mountain bike ride earlier that morning that left us shivering and covered in mud head-to-toe.  We enjoyed the sun so much we ditched our tour group as they were headed back, instead staying behind basking in the setting sun until we were the last ones left.

We’ve covered most of the land-based activities now and need to buy tours when we want to explore something new. It’s a bit of an annoyance, but that’s what you get for living in a national park!

 

This week I wandered…

 spider's web after the rain A spider’s web after the rain

 

kissing a giant tortoiseIn a field of giant tortoises

 

playa de los perros, galapagosBack to Playa de los Perros (crab beach)

 

cliff jumping - las grietas, santa cruz, galapagosTo our new favourite cliff-jumping spot, las Grietas

 

shaz swimming with a sea lionSwimming with sea lions! 

 

What have you been up to this week?

I often feel like I’m living in a disorientated dream where fairytale and reality collide and one day I’m suddenly going to wake up a robot living a boring life. But then I pinch myself and realize “nope… this is it”. Weekly wanders is my visual account of life on the road, dreaming big, and having a lot of fun doing it. Weigh in on your favourite photo in the comments section!

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