Mar 03

Hank: Galapagos Islands

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The Finch Bay hotel on Isla Santa Cruz is like paradise for the average American tourist which can either be a good thing or a bad thing. In our case it was a very good thing. It had a pool and a nice beach. You can go on excursions every day snorkeling and hiking or you can just choose to relax. We chose to work our selves ragged by riding to other islands each day on a big motor yacht with a bunch of other tourists. Boy it was just exhausting.

The food was delicious. The last night we had fresh tuna that I  caught and for any one who knows tuna they know it tastes the best when it is just barely cooked. They made it perfect!!! I would recommend the Finch bay hotel to any one and every one who comes to the Galápagos Islands. It is a great way to see all the wonderful wild life around here.

We saw a lot of wild life. There were sea lions every where and we saw blue footed boobies. Yes you heard me right. I said blue footed boobies. Their feet were really really blue!!! There were also these cool crabs that were bright orange and yellow and red and they sort of looked like a little bitty sun scuttling around on the rocks. We saw lots of cool looking fish. They were all colors and all sizes and all shapes while snorkeling and some times the sea lions wanted to play but at that point you were supposed to get out of the water because they were really big and supposedly kind of  dangerous to play with but to me they all just looked like really big dogs with fins. We also saw some iguanas that would happily mingle with the birds and not tear them to shreds. Kind of disappointing in that regard but it was still cool I guess.

We saw some turtles that were swimming because turtles swim and tortoises walk on land. The biggest tortoises that we saw were 500 pounds. We even learned some science. It was mostly about Darwin and evolution and all that stuff so that is what I shall tell you about. Evolution on large scale does take hundreds and thousands of years but evolution on a small scale takes just one baby organism. For example if there is a family of tortoises who in habit an island in the Galapagos and all the trees were one yard off the ground and the tortoises could only reach 9/10 0f a yard off the ground then what would happen? If you are thinking that they would be forced to eat second hand grass off of the filthy and un sanitized ground then you are absolutely correct. Now say a tortoise is born with a neck that is 1/10 of a yard longer than its peers and is able to eat more delicious first class tree leaves than its little tortoise buddies. So now you hopefully understand that small scale evolution can happen at any random time as long as babies are still being produced. This process all has one big fancy name and that name is NATURAL SELECTION!!!!!


3 Responses to “Hank: Galapagos Islands”

  1. From jeff morgan:

    Hank, thanks for the travel tips. The Finch Bay Hotel sounds like the place to stay. Thanks also for the education on natural selection. You write with excellent clarity and detail. I trust that you have been using your Spanish from La Mariposa. Happy and safe travels to you all!

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm #
  2. From Mark and Kay:

    It was wonderful meeting the 3 of you at the Finch Bay resort, it truly was a very good thing. I was very impressed with the first installment of your account of how the animals arrived in the Galapagos. you and Nadine have great imaginations, keep up the good work, I can see by these blobs, you are making good us of your time.. Mark and I enjoyed the time we spent together with Kurt, Nadine and yourself. We look forward to reading all your adventures and are very happy to be included on your mailing list.
    Thank you , Love Mark and Kay

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:33 am #
  3. From lakeville:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further post thanks once again.

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

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