The past few days have been awesome! Meeting new people, trying new things, and being able to participate in extraordinary things has been the highlight of the trip so far.
Yesterday we started off the day at 5:30 am. Our day consisted of a bus ride, a boat ride, a hike, and an amazing snorkel. We were so fortunate to be able to hike about 300 feet up to one of the best views in the Galapagos, and it was truly amazing. After this, all of us experienced one of the best snorkels of all time. We swam/snorkeled around Pinnacle Rock as penguins, sea lions, sharks, and fish swam beneath us. It was so fun to be able to see many sea creatures interacting with each other in their ecosystem! After our snorkel, we ate lunch on our boat called Queen Karen. It was delicious. We ate chicken, rice, and salad…so basically the typical Ecuadorian meal.
After lunch, we embarked on our journey back to Puerto Ayora. There, our leader Paul, along with Allie and Ryan were so nice to take us out to eat pizza. We ordered 5 large pizzas, and mostly all of us ate 5 or 6 pieces, but Nick ate 11 pieces!
Today, we started off the day at 8:15 am. We walked around 2 miles to Tortuga Bay where we learned to surf. At first all of us were a little nervous, but after a lot of help from our teachers, we quickly picked it up. Most of us were able to stand on the board for over 2 seconds, and for me, that is an accomplishment.
After our morning surf, we walked to the other end of the beach to look at all the marine iguanas. There were lots of them piled on top of each other, and was definitely a site to see.
On our way back from Tortuga Bay, we stopped to get ice cream. Most of the group got soft serve, but Ryan and I got ice cream balls (scoops in English). It was very tasty.
For dinner tonight, Abby and Sydney are making chicken wraps with homemade chips and guacamole. Knowing them, it is going to be good.