Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Day in Civilization

The end of our adventure is drawing near. After an all-night sail, the Beagle anchored in Puerto Villamil, a small port on the southeast tip of Isabela. The group boarded an open-air bus and toured the first sights of human life in the Galápagos Islands while in route to Centro De Crianza (Tortoise Breeding Center).

A nice walking path, leading to the beach front, meandered around wildlife and graceful flamingos. It was fun to see hotels, restaurants and waterfront homes.

It didn't take us long to find an Internet cafe. Everyone buried their heads in personal devices and caught up with life over a coke or beer.

Back on the Beagle, the sails were raised for an afternoon journey to our final destination: Santa Cruz. We had an especially lovely white-tablecloth dinner and champagne as we reminisced about an amazing week of exploration and friendship.

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