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You may know the Mike Plant story of a young man wanting to challenge the best in an around the world race called the Vendee Globe. His original boat has been sitting in a front yard for 25 years and is now being turned into a family cruiser. They are documenting the redo on the boat for our pleasure.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
We finally made it to the islands! I had planned to sail there in 2019. Didn't happen, voyaged to Mexico instead. We had planned the trip with friends for 2020. Nope, covid. Finally made and it was a trip to savoir. We flew from Ecuador to the islands and jumped on Evolution (an old whaling ship turned into a beautiful passenger yacht). With 31 passengers and 20 some crew, we were off an an adventure of a lifetime. November is a perfect time to visit. Daytime temps rarely hit the mid 70's. The ship was outfitted well with zodiacs ready to take us to the islands for hiking and snorkeling. We took 8 friends with us and we were all friends of 30+ years. We spent our days with our guides who were well versed in the flora and the fauna of this storied archipelago. The beauty of the islands is that for most of the creatures, there are no predators so the animals are not afraid of you. We saw many species of birds including the blue footed boobies. The snorkeling was magnificent as we are in the middle of nowhere (about 650 miles off the coast). Sharks, sea turtles, millions of fish, iguanas and seals everywhere. On our last day we headed up into the hills and visited the giant tortoises. 120 years old and 500 pounds some of them. We spent a week on the water and visited about 5 islands. Everyone in our group had a splendid time and we would highly recommend this group for a tour. https://www.quasarex.com/galapagos/mv-evolution
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