Exploring the Galapagos & our last day of our trip

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sleepy?  i thik this is how we will feel tomorrow.

sleepy? i thik this is how we will feel tomorrow.

Well it’s here, day 179 out of 180.  We have been offline for the last several days in the Galapagos – exploring a pretty amazing place.  We started on a boat that we chartered with 12 other guests, but ended up getting off the boat after the first night and staying on land.  Prior to the Galapagos we had all experienced a 24 hour bug, and I think it hit Gavin on the first day of the Galapagos.  Combined with being sea-sick all night didn’t help his condition.  To our great benefit we had a children’s physician from Texas on board who helped us look atour boy.  After speaking with some local guys the weather forecast was for bigger seas and more pounding, so we decided to get off at Isabella island and fly back over to Baltra two days later.

this turtle could be 150 years old.

this turtle could be 150 years old.

We had a great time – snorkelling, swimming, hanging out on the beach, and generally just chillin’.  We flew Sunday a.m. back to Baltra and back to the main port in the Galapagos – which is a 15 min bus, 5 minute ferry crossing, then a 45 minute taxi/bus ride – along with waiting about an hour for a bus… Regardless, we made it back, hung out, saw some really huge 150 year old turtles and had a great time.  We flew from Baltra back to Guayaquil yesterday, and are now back here in our Wyndham hotel hanging out and waiting for our 3:45 a.m. taxi to the airport.  I think we might go see a movie later this afternoon to kill a couple of hours, then go to bed a bit early.

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So what does one write when it’s the last day of a six month trip?  Would you keep going, probably not – we are all pretty tired from travelling.  I realize that we have seen unbelievable things and this has been an amazing experience for all of us.  We are closer as a family and basically have been sharing everything – meals, discussions, sleeping, sicknesses, etc. every day for the past 179.  Did we have low moments, sure, but more high than low.  Our goal for the trip has always been to let the boys see things and experience things that they would not be able to in Boulder County, USA – we definately accomplished that.  From a life perspective, travelling this way changes your perspective on life a bit –  less is more.  We have seen plenty of people who are perfectly happy living their life without all of the extra stuff that we seem to tack on in the USA.  Kids aren’t rushed around to activities, they play soccer in the field with their friends.  People take time to talk to others, not everyone is sitting in front of their mobile phone or laptop at the coffee shop.   The only people we see cluthching their phones are Americans – not sure why or how we became so attached to being “liked” on facebook, or why it’s so important.  I think I’d rather be liked by another person that I had a real conversation with.

Cindy "loves" small airplane rides.  I think she was looking for other options, but this vs. 3 hour bumpy boat ride, she went for it.

Cindy “loves” small airplane rides. I think she was looking for other options, but this vs. 3 hour bumpy boat ride, she went for it.

the boys were more than happy to go in the small plane.

the boys were more than happy to go in the small plane.

flying

flying

small islands from the air

small islands from the air

Did we get to see everything? No way – there’s too much to do.  We didn’t do amazon jungle at all – which is a big part of Peru and Ecuador.  We really didn’t see much of Ecuador at all – simply ran out of time.  What we did see was amazing.  The food we have had, the people we have met and the places we have been have all been great.  We had one really bad experience (robbed), but in the end it was stuff we really didn’t need.  The car had a flat tire, and needed an oil change – pretty good considering the roads and conditions we drove on.  Would we do it again, probably, but maybe a different route.

Darwin and the family.

Darwin and the family.

Are we excited to get back – yes.  It will be nice to sleep in our house, our pets and our friends.   I think we are all well rested and ready to get back to school, work and our lives inn general.  We may move a bit slower for the first couple of days though.  Cindy is excited to go get Knowshawn on Sunday from Wyoming – and his dog training starts on Tuesday.  Supposedly I’m supposed to go get a replacement cell phone, still trying to decide if I can manage without one.  Work wise – who knows.  I’ll probably look for a job, and possibly work on a new idea that I’ve had on this trip which has definately stuck and struck a chord in me.  The boys start school a month after we return – 8th and 6th grades – hopefully our schooling worked.

Is it the end?  I doubt it – we will definately be using the blog again in the future.

Simple navigation is better.

Simple navigation is better.

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5 Comments

  1. Cooper says

    Wow – those young men appear taller, more mature and confident! Looking forward to seeing them share their new experiences and skills with their fellow Scouts. Cooper

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    • Thanks cooper… Yes I think they are ready to share, the trick will be setting a time limit ;). I almost volunteered for the 14er hike this weekend, but couldn’t swing it as a lot of our trekking stuff is still in the car on a ship… See Ya! Nowell

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  2. Aunt Erin says

    OMG those turtles!!! So cool! What an amazing family adventure! Happy that you are returning home with wonderful experiences. It’s very special that you all were able to do this as a family. Memories forever and teaching adventure and experiences to your kids that they will in turn pass on to theirs. Awesome!! Xoxo

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  3. Granddad says

    It seems that you have learned a lot of things that you would have realized when you are a lot older. Now is better to see what is really important in life. This has been a wonderful adventure for you all. Six months is really not such a long time. You will love being home and reconnecting with everyone and everything. Exciting year for the boys to be at the same school again. I am sure they will have many things to share with their buddies. We love you and can’t wait to hear from you when you are home. You have to work on the reality show, travel guide with kids, and coffee table picture book! Love, Mom

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  4. Dawn says

    I’ve been waiting a long time for your return! I can’t wait to hear all about it. The turtles blow my mind. So proud of you guys. Truly showing your kids who you are and what matters in life.

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