400 steps on Bartolome and Sea Lions on Santiago Island
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We were divided into 7 groups with 10-15 people in each one. For each excursion we had a different guide. The guides would call out our group names. And Yes, the groups were named after popular Galapagos wildlife. I wanted our group to be the "Boobies" but no such luck. We were named the "FRIGATES" which are birds. Other groups were the BOOBIES, CORMORANTS & DOLPHINS. I'll get to the frigates in the last entry. We dreaded this mornings excursion because we had to ascend more than 400 stairs! But my dread soon turned to happiness when I saw we had MAURICIO (sp.?) as our guide. He was a bit of eye candy, well for the females anyways. lol Let's just say Bernie called him her "buttercream boy". We got our life jackets on & they taught us the correct way to grab our guides getting into the dinghy boats.
We then got to the steps and one lady barely made it to the top. I finally did but had to stop at every 50 steps or so. I am proud to say I was next to last (in our group) to reach the 114 meters high peak. Mauricio said, "you made it" & I was rather embarrassed & said "yea". It was worth it though. The view was spectacular! We got our pictures taken in front of it & we had to hold on to our hats because it was really windy. The ship's photographer, Klause took group photos here also. The scenery was different on each side; to the left was PINNACLE ROCK, in front was the blue water of the ocean, to the right was the volcanic area and behind us was the steps. I had no problem going down and was right behind our guide going back to the dinghy boat. On the last walkway, Bernie's hat blew off her head.
From here we saw a couple Galapagos Penguins and we were taken for a WET landing to a RED SAND BEACH. I had never seen sand quite this color. It was pretty and most of the people went swimming but Bernie, Brenda & myself decided to just spread our towels on the sand and lay down. The only wildlife we saw in this area was a couple birds and a Lava Lizard near us. I attempted to get pictures & then I got the bright idea to take pictures of my footprints in the "red" sand. We were here about 90 minutes then back to our ship for lunch.
We had Roberto as our guide for the afternoon excursion to the 4th largest island, JAMES (SANTIAGO) ISLAND.
When our time was up, ROBERTO called for the FRIGATES which was us and we hiked a trail that took us along the coast.
Guess what happened to be on the dinner menu? OCTOPUS and being the adventurous eater that I am decided to try it. "Very chewy" was the only way I could describe it. It seemed to take forever until I could swallow it. I probably would eat it again though.