I’d never been on a helicopter, when Carole first mentioned our options for morning tours and helicopter was one of them I thought “OMG How fun would that be?”
I was right it was amazing! It was a beautiful clear morning and we were the last group to go. We stood and watched the others take off and then come back. I was a little nervous but thought the views would make it all worthwhile.
As we took off Carole gave me the thumbs up!
Then we got to fly by the Three Sisters (Faith, Charity and Hope). The views were stunning and flying so close to the mountains was thrilling. My only complaint was the flight wasn’t long enough. Now I can check helicopter ride off my list of things to do!
Here are some of the views:
There are more than volcanos at Volcano National Park, the scenery is gorgeous. The plants are lush and then you turn around and it’s more barren.
It’s almost like apocalypse, no apocalypse, apocalypse….
It’s really the contrasting colours that I love even on the walkway:
The picture is a little blurry from steam coming up through a vent in the ground:
Without the steam:
Beautiful foliage (I just wanted to use that word):
It’s wonderful place and tomorrow the lava tube!
Our next stop on the cruise was Hilo. It was rainy but still warm out.
Mom and I headed out to Rainbow Falls, they are beautiful. Remembering to be patient and wait for Mom was easier in the beautiful surroundings. We were getting along really well and it turned out to be one of the best days we had. Even though it was raining. The tour allowed us plenty of time at the falls to wander around and take pictures before taking us to Volcano National Park.
Here are the falls:
A big part of the Galapagos trip is snorkeling. There are two snorkeling trips a day and I’m scared of fish. The first outing I was nervous but put my mask on and my flippers and after being told that being scared of fish is stupid (What do you think they are going to do? Eat you? That’s stupid………….) okay well since we cleared that up I took a deep breath and plunged into the water.
I like water and at first we were okay then I started swimming along with my face in the water, okay still good. Then I tried to breathe through my nose, why I don’t know which of course didn’t work and then gasping for air I started to splutter and panic. Then I took a deep breath, repositioned my mask and put the snorkel back in my mouth. That was better and then I just took my time floating along looking at all the fish. There was one more splutter incident but by the end of the first outing I as feeling really good.
I got more confident with each outing and ended up really enjoying it. I swam with fish (who as it turns out don’t want to eat you), also sea lions, sea turtles, we saw penguins who are too fast to swim with. Also so many fish of different colours, starfish (which I love) and sharks. Yep I swam with little sharks and didn’t TOTALLY freak out. In fact now I’m a fan of the snorkeling and can’t wait to do it again!
Odds and ends for the end of the week.
Here are a few pictures of the view from the Tortoise sanctuary, the Galapagos Island San Cristobal is just beautiful.
Here is a lizard:
And to end the week a lone bird:
Can you ever get enough pictures of tortoises?
This is the last one I saw before we left the sanctuary, snack time and not caring about the group taking pictures.
At the Tortoise sanctuary they raise tortoises, they have them in varying ages and each are numbered. They have a white number painted on their back and that is how they monitor and keep track of them.
We didn’t get to see the eggs or the tiny, tiny babies because they were closed for the day but we did get to see some small ones:
Some that were over a year old:
Then some teenagers: