Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Our flight took off at 12:30 AM and I was so tired it looks like I didn’t take a single photo once we left for the airport. This is our luggage in Houston. We used our Global Entry to fly through customs, very little wait at all, once we figured out how to use the machine.
Somewhere over Hidalgo County descending to the airport. By now it was almost 1 PM, making for a very long 30 hours since we awakened yesterday morning. It was great to see the faces of our neighbors, Roger and Stewart, who left the Retama men’s luncheon that was being held nearby, to pick us up. And so ended another wonderful trip, with more places checked off our bucket list.
Some statistics from the trip.
Days gone: 23 days (our shortest overseas trip ever)
Modes of transportation: Plane, train, bus, boat, canoe, panga
Number of flights: 11
Number of photos to go through: 13,377
Video clips: 660 totaling just over 20 hours
Number of OH's and AH’s: Incalculable
Value of the trip: Priceless
Bob’s best moment: 1. Cavorting in the water with a sea lion 2. Viewing Machu Picchu from the trail to the Sun Gate
Linda’s best moment: 1. Just “Being” at Machu Picchu!! 2. Seeing the “Giant Tortoise” in the wild in the Galapagos. 3. Snorkeling and a sea lion swishes buy!
Bob’s worst moment: Seeing Linda panic the first time she went over the side of the panga with her mask and snorkel on, and the mad swim to reach her side. She couldn’t get her breath for a brief time, but was soon okay, thank goodness.
Linda’s worst moment: The last night (midnight on) and morning on the catamaran at the end of the Galapagos trip, even though we were anchored in a bay the swales were ‘almost’ more than I could handle.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Sunday morning in Quito. All the shops are closed. It is our last day on the tour, but it will be a very, very long and busy one. Actually it won’t end until shortly after midnight when our plane leaves for the US.
The sidewalk vendors are ready for the day.
Our first stop. The Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra which helps children with mental and visual disabilities via participation in music and dance.
A very special moment for Linda. When it came time for some of the children to dance with the people watching, this girl came out directly to Linda and took her hand. It was meant to be.
The girl’s mother. She then wanted a photo of Linda and I with her daughter. Special beyond words.
Back in the bus Linda’s smile says it all. Her sister had Downs Syndrome and Betty loved music. There were tears shed that morning by both of us, but they were tears of joy. Sweet Linda.
Linda spied these right off. Note the label.
It was a fruit market and more. I do believe they sold everything from the pig except the squeal.
Another wonderful small museum, and the setting for our last meal together.
Items a shaman would use in his work.
A Linda photo. She knows what she likes.
I don’t even have to say who took this one.
Violin made from an armadillo.
Seen in passing. Looks like a London underground sign, but wait, what’s with the Canadian maple leaf? Maybe this restaurant served both English and Canadian food?
Later that evening, all packed and ready to go.
A tired girl on the bus heading to the airport.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Amazing how much crud we bring back on us. This is what came out of our swimming suits from yesterday afternoon’s snorkeling .
Easy to guess what day this is. Departure day from the Galapagos.
Linda is the most organized person I have ever know. That’s why I start worrying when I see her pawing through something. Luckily she soon found whatever it was she was looking for. Relieved Bob.
Just like when we arrived. It’s his bench and nobody better try and sit here.
Another packed minibus ride.
Remember those cut sections of tree they use for fence posts that sprout? The ones I wrote about a week or so ago? These have sprouted and grown.
And these have really grown.
What happens when a tortoise suddenly see you. Video is 1 1/2 minutes long, the tortoise’s reaction is near the end.
The Galapagos Bee. The only bee found in the Galapagos.
Photographing the Galapagos Bee.
Where’s the soap? Tortoises can not swim, so they stay in shallow water.
A BIG girl. Or Guy. Who can tell?
Since he’s resting, he must be home.
Deep fried plantain and cheese balls for lunch. Very good indeed. Not our typical food, but is it ever good.
Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know if we’ll be back again. Then again, we just might. So big of a world, so little time.
Piled high, but that is the luggage of 13 people who have just spent a week in the Galapagos.
A bit of a problem. It seems a group of Americans didn’t pay attention to the weight limit of the elevator. Now they are stuck. The fact Linda and I are here taking the photo eliminates us.
And neither was Sofy one of them, but then she is from Ecuador so couldn’t have been in the elevator. Who was on it? We’d never tell. Besides we just wanted to get to our room and crash. It had been another long day. Note to self: You can rest when you get home