11 May 2015

Lots of Love in the Galapagos


(Photo by Melissa Hope)
Our trip to the Galapagos was really such a treat. 

I was especially so excited to just BE with my husband. Even though, admittedly, we get to be with each other all the time. But there is something so, so nice about being together without other routines, to-do lists, dirty dishes, or pressures staring at you in the face.

We also didn't have wifi nearly the entire time. 

And so it was even easier to just sit. 

To read. 

To watch the stars from the top of our boat.

To chat for hours.

To lounge.

To start from episode 1 of the Serial podcast. :)

To walk on the beach.

To reminisce about our wedding, honeymoon, and 5 extraordinary years together.

It's very likely that when we move back to the states, we won't have the flexible schedule that we have here. I'm trying to soak it up while we can.

Also, today I thought I'd share with you:

Our Top 5 Favorite Experiences at the Galapagos...(get ready for lots of animals!)




(Photo by Melissa Hope)
1. We LOVED seeing all the frigate birds, blue and red footed boobies, masked boobies, sea lions, and iguanas on North Seymour Island. Truly, truly spectacular! If you ever visit the Galapagos, I'd say North Seymour is not to be missed. The animals are so very abundant and unafraid of visitors. And the animal sounds on this island are unreal!
(Photo by Danny)
These are the male frigatebirds...just so many everywhere you looked.


(Photo by Danny)
And a female...


(Photo by Danny)
Blue-footed boobies...

(Photo by Danny)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)
Ancient iguanas...

(Photo by Melissa Hope)
(Photo by Danny)
A masked booby...

(Photo by Danny)
A red-footed booby...

(Photo by Danny)
A swallow-tailed gull...


(Photo by Danny)
This was the boat we traveled on for 5 days.

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)
One afternoon a sea lion jumped on the back of the boat while we were at sea!

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

On Seymour Island, this baby sea lion came right up to me and even opened it's mouth and nibbled on my leg! It was so darn friendly and cute...and totally made us miss our Sila!


(Photo by Danny)
2.  We were in awe of the moon-like landscape on San Bartolomé Island, as well as the nearby snorkeling around volcanic formations. The scene here was so unique - it felt like you were on another planet! You can also see Galapagos Penguins here on a good day.

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

And...the new super blond hair! Within 2 days the starkness of the color had faded tremendously. Danny even said it was growing on him.  :)
(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

3. We were stunned by the beach and the cactus forest at Tortuga Bay. This place just took our breath away. We'll be reminiscing about that beach forever more. And the cactus forest makes you feel like you're in some make-believe Dr. Seuss book. Who knew that cacti could have such trunks!
(Photo by Melissa Hope)


(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

(Photo by Melissa Hope)

4. We loooved Las Grietas, a narrow, winding canyon where you can dive into clear water and swim. Photographers could have fun with this one as there was a look-out trail above the canyon where you could see the water below. Our photo doesn't even touch how cool this was. We were giddy and laughing while swimming through this thing. We nearly had the entire canyon to ourselves as most people stayed very close to the entrance.

(photo by Danny)


5. The cherry on top was staying at Finch Bay Eco Hotel after our boat ride. Eco hotels are right up my alley. And, hands down, this was the best place on the islands to celebrate our 5th Year Anniversary (Finch Bay has the title of 'South America's Leading Green Hotel' by the World Travel Awards). To get there you have to take a little boat across the little harbor. Then you get to the hotel by foot only (!) along a charming, winding path with bushes hanging overhead. It felt like we were heading into a romantic storybook - and it all leads to their secluded beach. We lounged our hearts out on their chairs. We ordered pool side ceviche and smoothies. We enjoyed an amazing dinner there one night (their chef is really top notch!) And we had 4 days to just truly relax. It was completely a dream. (Many thanks to Finch Bay for making it possible for us to stay there and also treating us to an anniversary dinner!) 







And now it's back to real life.

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5 comments:

  1. Wow! The photos are AMAZING! Looks like a fantastic trip. I'm especially intrigued about Las Grietas, it looks like a lot of fun.

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  2. Wow! What an amazing place to visit. Love your up close animal encounters.

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  3. Amazing! Very jealous! Only because Adam and I need time away, which seems like the impossible dream right now. Admittedly, it is needed. :)

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  4. I have always wanted to visit the Galapagos! I love birds & wildlife & your first picture was my favorite :).

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  5. So many lovely photos! Those blue-footed booby birds are incredible.

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