October 18th ~ Southern California
Sunshine is streaming through the windows here in our mountain hideaway. After being back in Southern California for two months, I’m becoming more and more acclimated to being sedentary. As much as I used to chomp at the bit to get on to our next travel adventure, I am slowly transforming to a home body. Not an easy admission for this global wanderer.
Rather amusing for me to be mulling over this transition, as today I am spending the hours completing multiple loads of laundry as I begin the sorting, choosing a wardrobe, and packing for our next trip.
We leave on Saturday for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Of course I am looking forward to seeing all the animals who thankfully have always been protected and do not know to fear humans. We are planning on packing our good cameras (Nikon) as well as our pocket point-and-shoot models (Sony RX 100) just in case a photo opportunity presents itself 🙂
Equally excited about exploring and spending two nights in the Amazon where we will interact with the people of a local tribe.
I have no idea what we will expect regarding internet connections so it is possible that I will only post a few updates on our Facebook page, or brief “photo of the day” type blog posts until we return home and I am able to give more in-depth descriptions.
When we first started blogging, I made an effort to blog on the go, with daily updates. That too often meant I was up until the wee hours trying to keep up. It was a duel edged sword for sure. I loved that I could jot down events and memories while they were fresh. From a diary standpoint it was much more valuable and thorough for me. However, the lack of sleep and pressure to keep it up can also take a toll and I became susceptible to coming down with whatever nasty bug or virus was passing by.
Somewhere I know that there is a happy medium for me and I hope to find just the right balance on this trip.
Here is a sneak peek of where we will be exploring, our anticipated highlights, and in case we don’t come back, someone will have a starting point on where to look for us, lol.
On Saturday, October 22nd we fly from Los Angeles, via Panama City to Guayaquil, Ecuador. We pre booked two nights in a hotel there prior to our official Gate 1 tour beginning on October 24th which will include:
- 2 nights Guayaquil
- 5 nights M/V Santa Cruz II (in the Galapagos Islands)
- 2 nights Quito
- 1 night Otavalo
- 1 night Papallacta
- 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
- 1 night Baños
We also tacked on three extra nights on our own at the end of the trip to have more time in Quito before flying home on November 10th.
Here are the noted highlights for this itinerary:
- Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
- Travel along the coast on a panga while Naturalist-Guides explain the area’s dramatic geology
- The unique environment encourages sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, penguins and flightless cormorants
- Walk in an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies
- Snorkel on magnificent white sand beaches with plentiful marine life
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre
- Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
- Stand at the Middle of the World monument
- Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
- Stay in the heart of the Amazon
I must admit that reviewing the itinerary has reminded me of what initially had me so excited about this trip. I would be a fool if I was not counting my blessings about now! You can click here to see a short YouTube video presented by Gate 1 about the Ecuador trip.
We hope that you will join us as we explore the Middle of the World and straddle the equator, try to capture pictures of the blue-footed boobies, attempt to avoid altitude sickness high in the Andes, snorkel amongst giant tortoises and sea iguanas, and witness the untamed Amazon.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for being on the threshold of yet another journey off to witness nature in all her magnificence.