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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Galapagos


We're here. I do have a little internet connectivity, so I'll post a few pictures when I can, but most of them will have to wait until I'm back next week.

I'll write more about our arrival then as well. We flew to San Cristobal early this morning, and this afternoon had our first trip ashore, at Cerro Brujo, where tradition has it that Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos in 1835. He was not impressed. This is the quote from The Voyage of the Beagle that you find in every guidebook:
In the morning (17th) we landed on Chatham Island, which, like the others, rises with a tame and rounded outline, broken here and there by scattered hillocks, the remains of former craters. Nothing could be less inviting than the first appearance. A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sun-burnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life.
Which just goes to show that even a genius can be an idiot sometimes. Because what I see here is pretty close to Paradise.


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