Shari is Sick & Chloe's Birthday

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Galápagos Voyager

Flag of Ecuador  ,
Monday, March 10, 2008

Schedule:
Espanola Island:  land surface 60 sq km, height 206m
Punta Suarez
08:00 Dry landing at the jetty for a walk.  The terrain is rocky and uneven.  Always maintain a certain distance (2m) from sea lions especially since the adult males can be aggressive
11:00 Back on board to sail for 1 hour

Gardner Bay (white coral beach)
14:30 Wet landing at beach for walking, swimming, or snorkeling from the beach or dingy.
17:00 Back on board
(William still wrote down the items we needed to bring for each activity which was extremely helpful, but will leave it out from now on to save on typing)

We cruised for 7-8 hours cruise overnight.  The sea was a little rough, and Shari's stomach was queasy the entire night.  She decides to take immodium in the morning and something to stop the nausea.

We arrive at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island.  The weather is sunny and extremely hot.  The flat rocky island was bursting with life as we arrive:   Sea lions, marine iguanas very bright colored red crabs, blue footed boobies, masked boobies.  We saw one seal trying to play with an iguana in the ocean, trying to pull at its tail, which was funny.  There is virtually no shade on the island, and everyone is getting pretty exhausted from the heat.  Then all of the sudden Shari throws up a couple of times.   Guess it is not sea-sickness, she has something else, oh-oh.  Instead of walking the rest of the loop trail, William suggests that we go back the same way we came as there will be somewhat of a breeze to help with the burning heat.

After lunch, we have a wet landing in Gardner Bay.   Shari still feels horrible and is a total zombie, but manages to get on the dinghy to hang out on the beach to cool off in the sea.  William took several of us to a large rocky area away from shore, where we got to snorkel very close with white tip reef sharks!! Hope we can swim with more sharks again soon!

Shari is unable to keep any liquids down today, and missed out on dinner and Chloe's birthday celebration.  Will need to see how she is tomorrow.  At night I heard some splashing outside the boat, so I took my headlamp to check it out.  There were several sea lions swimming around the boat, and they seemed to be hunting fish.  Once in awhile I would hear a furious fluttering of a fish tail splashing in the water, and see a sea lion jumping towards it.
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