Today is our last full day in the Galapagos. It’s a bittersweet feeling and I’m sure Jesse would agree. The daily itineraries have kept us busy from sunrise to sunset and no two days have been the same. We’ve had intimate encounters with an abundance of unique and beautiful creatures—from sea turtles and sharks to giant tortoises and penguins. But I know that we have families that miss us and students that need us.
San Cristobal was the first island that Darwin visited and it’ll be the last one that we see before we disembark in the morning. It’s the perfect sendoff really: the morning allows us a leisurely hike ashore and some time to swim and sun bathe with a half dozen jovial sea lions. It’s nature’s Disneyland and it would trump Walt’s manufactured world of happiness for any kid lucky enough to come here. We’re also able to pull another of the naturalists aside to film a short discussion about sustainable development. The afternoon takes us to Kicker Rock, an islet off the western coast of San Cristobal, where we snorkel with seal lions, sea turtles and well over a dozen Galapagos sharks. It’s a highlight of the expedition.
As the sun starts to descend beneath the horizon Jesse and I climb up one last time into the crow’s nest of the Endeavor to grab the last of our Theta footage and to bid farewell to the Galapagos Islands.