Have you seen enough photos of iguanas and sea lions yet?? Finally time to wrap up the Galapagos. Again I apologize for the overload of photos, but everyone and everything poses so well here we can't help ourselves with photo taking...
After kicking each other for taking even more photos of iguanas when we promising a thousand times NOT TO!! The boat sails back to port.. ;-(((
We said our good byes to the other passengers we spent the last few days with and headed straight back to the lovely little Nelly's Hostel that we first stayed at on arrival. Lucky for us she gave us the "penthouse" room on the roof, with lovely sunset views and a hammock.
Kevin has been itching to scuba dive since we got here and we learned from our Naturalist guide that one of the favorite dive spots is called Kicker's Rock. They pretty well promise that you can swim with the sharks here and that would be the only wild experience we haven't crossed off our Galapagos list yet!
So we plan to meet young Chase from Wisconsin who was on our boat and traveling solo from Wisconsin. We went for dinner and to book a scuba dive in the morning. There was a bit of lighting on our walk into town, and before we knew it, this massive downpour!! And I mean massive! We ran into the restaurant, and had a seat in 6 inches of water.. but good choice.. best pizza we've had in ages!
The rain stopped soon enough and after dinner, it was a dry walk home.
Met with Charles Darwin along the way with a few choice comments to him about our wild experiences here..
The next morning, some of us are more enthusiastic than others to head out to that big rock, Kicker.
I can't.. get.. my mask on!!
This was THE MOST incredible snorkeling experience of my life!! The wall of Kicker Rock is full of color and life. Purples, yellow, green, blue and orange things attached to the wall in what could be the most perfect art work I've ever seen!
But forget the plants, it didn't take but a few moments for dag gone sharks to show up!!!! I knew they were a possibility, but I didn't realize so many! As soon as they got close to my fins, I had it in my head they were chasing my fins and going to bike my feet off, so I screamed so loud in my snorkel and swam away so quick! But the sharks stuck with us and I quickly learned they have no intentions of biting us. These particular sharks are the smaller "Galapagos Sharks", but still scary enough.
Next, our guide started slapping the water with one of his fins, which both White Tip and Black Tip sharks responded.. They got so close to us too! I was nervous because they are quite a bit larger than the Galalpagos, they look meaner.. ;-/ But again, it was easy to tell they are just curious and not in the mood to eat a very white Aussie/American.
All the while we "the snorkelers" could see those, "the divers" a few meters below us. The water is SO clear. A few sea turtles swim gracefully past, this is truly a beautiful experience.
Down by the divers we see the Hammerhead sharks. The biggest ones of all. I'm glad they stayed down there!
Our one and only underwater photo is from the dive company themselves and we were able to purchase the photo from them later. Kevin was so proud of this shot!!
Our guide was always calling the sharks around to swim with us, and lots and lots of colorful fish. Normally I would say that I didn't like having sharks anywhere near me, but I came to enjoy and appreciate swimming with them, 4 different kinds! (Galapagos, White Tip, Black Tip and Hammerhead.. all in one swim!) Now I can proudly say that a whole lot of fear is gone. Smart decision to stay an extra day after our boat tour to do this.
Good bye Kicker Rock.. and Thank YOU!!
Back to San Cristobal Island for one last night in the penthouse suite.
Loved watching these kids play with the sea lion on the beach here, and thought what a lucky life they have..
We all feel a bit worn out from the last few days..
Time to officially have all blue boobies wave goodbye to the wonderful Galapagos Islands.
Flight back to Quito Ecuador was a bit sad. We both talked a lot about the trip and agreeing that it was the best spur of the moment decision we've ever made. If you remember, we had a couple days in Quito and literally had our motorcycles packed up ready to leave when I mentioned that I feel bad not seeing the Galapagos while so close to them. Kevin has traveled a lot in his life and so have I. Not many places on the planet can top the Galapagos Islands and we nearly passed it up.
Slight culture shock being back in the big city..
Need I say more??? ;-)
We wandered back to the roof top restaurant that we discovered in Quito a few posts back. No driving old elevators this time, but we did have the most romantic dinner including harp music!
This restaurant had wi-fi and we got a message from James that he and Mark are in town now too. So we invited them up! They had their own romantic dinner.. ha! and we hung around with them for a few more drinks.
Tomorrow we are back on the road anticipating the thousands of kilometers I need to cover in a short amount of time to meet the adventure team in Chile. Ciao!