Anne & Steve

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Anne & Steve

We are engaged and will marry in 2012. Anne works for NASA and Steve works for a small software company in Houston - Alert Logic.



South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora March 19th 2011

Day 12. March 19, 2011: Puerto Ayora, San Cristobal, Quito Puerto Ayora, San Cristobal We spent the night on the boat in the port, and woke up early to get ready to depart. We brought our luggage out to the pangas, then headed in to see Lonesome George at the Darwin Research Center. Lonesome George is the last remaining tortoise from the island of Pinta. He was discovered in 1971 and they have been trying to get him to reproduce with any tortoise to try to keep a part of the Pinta line alive. He is like a gazillion years old and just isn't interested. We also saw baby tortoises that they keep until they are old enough to release back to their native island (they use unique numbers on their shell to keep track). Then ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos March 18th 2011

Day 11. March 18, 2011: Santiago and Bartolome Bartolome We woke up @ 6 AM in order to get in the pangas to go on a Penguin hunt. You can tell from the picture that we look a little haggard at this point (Anne to Steve: I think I look great!) The Galapagos Penguin is endemic and is the only species of Penguin that lives in the northern hemisphere. We stayed close to shore and wound up seeing a couple of them in the water and then another one on the shore in the rocks. Williams told us that the turtles would be coming during the night to lay eggs and would be back in the water when we did our panga tour. Steve saw sand flying on one of the beaches. It turned out to ... read more
Success!
Steve spotted a turle laying eggs
Making a Lava Angel

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Genovesa Island March 17th 2011

Day 10. March 17, 2011: Genovesa, Darwin Bay Genovesa/Prince Phillip's Steps Today we had two landings on Genovesa. Genovesa is a horseshoe shaped island, with a volcanic caldera that collapsed, forming the Great Darwin Bay. On the first landing, we head up Prince Phillips’ steps/El Barranco and are surrounded by frigate birds. Some of the males are just sitting in the trees, while others have their red chests inflated and are competing for a mate. I felt like I was in an exhibit at the zoo, we were so close to so many birds. I think I could have stayed all day and watched the frigates (and I don’t even like birds). We took a walk around part of the island, and there were also very large bushes (like a tree/bush combination), with red footed boobies ... read more
Booby tree
Flying Frigates!
There were Frigate birds everywhere

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos March 16th 2011

Day 9. March 16, 2011: Diving at North Seymour and Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Diving at North Seymour Island We got up at 6:30 AM for breakfast and the dive boat was supposed to pick us up at 7:30, but it didn’t show up until 9. The rest of the group left at 7:45 to go to shore at Bachas Beach. We sat on the covered deck, and watched a Galapagos shark swim round and round the boat. Anne's jellyfish stung arm was looking pretty mangled at this point. There were lots of round welts and blood caught inside some of the bumps. It was so swollen she couldn't move her wrist very well. She asked Williams if this was normal and he said “No, you might want to go into town and see a ... read more
Scuba dooba doo!
Looking for turtles
Cruising in Black Turtle Cove


Day 8. March 15, 2011: Kicker Rock and San Cristobal Kicker Rock We woke up at the "wonderful" hour of 6 AM to go see the view of Kicker Rock, which is 4 miles off of the coast of San Cristobal Island. Steve: I say this because this was supposed to be a vey-key-shuhn (noun. Meaning a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel). I rest my case. We could have been sleeping but as soon as we opened the door to our cabin and saw Kicker Rock- Well. It was worth sacrificing sleep over. Anne: Who cares what time it is? This place is awesome!!!!! The rocks and the view were pretty impressive! What we are talking about (please see the picture for reference) are two ... read more
Kicker rock - birds!
Laundry!
Anne and a friend

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Española Island March 14th 2011

Day 7. March 14, 2011: Espanola Island Punta Suarez, Espanola After we ate breakfast, we departed at 8:15 am for Punta Suarez, Espanola. Also known as the giant Albatross International Airport. Unfortunately, there were wintering (summering?) in Peru, so we just went up to the “runway” overlooking the ocean. This was a half mile loop. We were met by sea lions playing by the jetty, and we saw lots of marine iguanas. The marine iguanas are also very colorful now since it was mating season. They were grey with green and red highlights. We saw some digging in the ground preparing nests. We also saw a Galapagos hawk, Galapagos Mockingbird, lots of finches, boobies, and swallow tail gulls. There were two Galapagos Dove eggs underneath a rock right in the middle of the trail. Back on ... read more
Surf and Sea Lion
Galapagos Hawk
Anne and Sea Lions on the Beach

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Fe Island March 13th 2011

Day 6. March 13, 2011: South Plaza and Santa Fe The awakening Anne asked Steve to set the alarm for 6:45 AM, so she could take a shower and be at breakfast at 7 am. Anne got up, opened the door to see the sunrise, then jumped in the shower. Well, in the shower Anne noticed that her watch said 5:52! Sad that the iphone doesn’t know what time zone you are in and update the clock accordingly. Breakfast We sat at the table with Sverdrup from Norway (he got to the boat after we went to bed). He didn’t speak much English (Anne: maybe he wanted peace and quiet. Steve: maybe he just wasn't a comfortable conversationalist in English). Breakfast and the food the entire week was very good. South Plaza Island 1st stop……South Plaza. ... read more
Land Iguana and colorful plants
Barrington Cactus Tree (Tortoise Evadus)
Blue Footed Booby

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos March 12th 2011

Day 5. March 12, 2011: to the Galapagos Islands and our boat Quito Departure We got up early to head to the airport for our 8:30 am flight to Baltra in the Galapagos. We already had our $10 visitor cards, so we had to go around and get our luggage scanned and get a tag that would allow us to check it to the Galapagos. We were on TAME Flight 191. It made a stop in Guayaquil, and due to the tsunami the previous evening, there were lots of people caught in transit, so we waited almost two hours to get the plane full, then headed out to Baltra. Baltra, Galapagos Islands Arrival We landed at the airport to find that it was all outdoors and somewhat open to the elements. The exception being some low ... read more
Giant Tortoise
Pelican with a FISH!
Our crew of the Galapagos Voyager

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito March 11th 2011

Day 4. March 11, 2011: Quito by Spanish Taxi Breakfast We slept until about 8:30 AM then had breakfast. Anne tried to shower but the water was WAY too cold. Luckily we both had showered the night before... so no biggie. We went to the corner of Sucre and Guayaquil and hired a taxi. The driver didn't speak English but Anne was able to get him to understand what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go- Panecillo (Virgen de Quito), Le Cima de Libertad, and the San Diego monastery. Virgen de Quito The Virgen de Quito is a winged statue of a dancing woman roughly 145 feet tall on a hill called Panecillo. Evidently this hill was sacred to the Incas because our driver kept telling us about a monument that looked like ... read more
La Cima de Libertad
Steve next to a cannon (La Cima de Libertad)
San Diego Monastery

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito March 10th 2011

Day 3. March 10, 2011: Old Town Quito Breakfast We got another leisurely start this morning. Steve thinks it was even later like 10 AM! It was awesome because we never get to sleep in. Plaza de La Independencia We did a quick walk through the Plaza de La Independencia, as Anne wanted to take a look "at" the Government Palace since we didn’t really look yesterday. Anne's library based guide book that she checked out from the League City library was a few years old, and it said we couldn’t go in it. We saw people up on the terrace, so we asked the guard if we could go in. He pointed to the opposite end of the building. So, we walked around and got in a short line. We were not sure exactly what ... read more
Guards
View from the tower at the Basilica del Voto
Inside the Basilica del Voto from the balcony




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