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Eschew Dec 16th, 2011 02:39 PM

Hi Percy, I will be there boxing day catching the Can-Fin game, and the Can-US game on New Years Eve as well. I still have the Fin-Cze game (27th) and Den-Fin (30th) available.
I knew the Oilers team well on their Godlen years. I was in the building with all those cup wins. Those were great years.

Eschew Dec 21st, 2011 02:24 PM

Finally ... I have pictures from the Galapagos posted. The pictures of the ship, the food, the zodiacs, the landings, the wildlife and so on. All comments welcome here or at webshot.

Percy Dec 21st, 2011 03:22 PM


Yes those were the golden years,never to been seen again !!!
You must live in Alberta if you are catching all those games :)

Have to go now and look at your pictures.

Percy Dec 21st, 2011 03:43 PM

Nice pictures, it sure brought back pleasant memories!!,like the wet and dry landings.!!

That "ball of Fluff" is that a baby Blue Footed Boobie, because the chick gets as big as the mother with all those fluffy feathers.!

Nice to see Pinnacle Rock again.

Nice pictures of the Blue Footed Bobbie in flight and also yuou captured a picture of the Galapagos Hawk..neat !!

Thank for posting
(will see the games on TV )

Eschew Dec 23rd, 2011 10:08 AM

Hi Percy,

Yes, that ball of fluff is a baby blue footed boobie. I have managed to capture a few different species of birds in flight. Right place, right time I guess.

The one with the 2 blue footed boobie facing off each other, they were doing the courting dance.

The Hawk was a rare fine as well. We were lucky to catch so many difference things, including the grasshopper.

Now that you have seen the picture of a Galapagos snake, you can now joined the "unofficial" seen-it rank.

And you are right that I am just another red neck around this nick of the woods, and better yet, I choose to live here.

Watching the game live is so much better than watching it on the tube. Offer is still good for Fin-Cze game (27th) and Den-Fin (30th). They are cheap seats and it would be my treat. Let me know if you are still interested in going.

Percy Dec 23rd, 2011 07:18 PM

Eschew :

Thank you for the most generous offer.

Unfortunately I have to decline due to Christmas Company and for December 30th ,I will not be in town for the29th and 30th.

But I thank you most kindly, not often I get an offer for free tickets.

Yep ,I have now have seen the Galapagos Snakes.

Never saw the hawk though , but I saw the short eared Galapagos Owl.... in fact out of our group I was the one that spotted.

Our guide said "Good eyes man !" .
I was just lucky to be looking where I was at the moment. It looked like a small rock until I saw it move.

Merry Christmas

And yes you got some good pictures of the Birds in flight.

Percy Dec 23rd, 2011 07:24 PM

Just looked at your pictures again.

Once you have been there you never tire of seeing pictures of the Galapagos. :)

Eschew Dec 29th, 2011 01:48 PM

Percy, it's too bad taht you can't make it to any of the games as the quality of teh play has been great.

At this point, I don't think I will post a TR for our time in Peru (Lima/Machu Pichhu/Puno). Too much time has past and things are getting busy. I may still post some pictures though.

Glad that you enjoy the pictures. It was a great trip, the sight and sound are incredble. Wishing you (and everyone else here) a happy and prosperous New Year!

Percy Dec 29th, 2011 05:45 PM

Hi Eschew:

Right now the Canada / Denmark game is on but I stopped watching after 3-0 lead.

Will be back late December 31, just visiting here in my home province.

Yes, I would like to see pictures on your Lima/ Cusco/ Machu Picchu Trip.

I know you told me it rained when you were in Ollantaytambo at the Inca site.

Happy New Year to you also ( and all who are reading your great Trip Report on the Galapagos)

Eschew Jan 3rd, 2012 02:47 PM

Happy New Year Percy,
Thank you for your word of encouragement. Once I have the pictures uplaoded. I will let you know!

jacketwatch Jan 3rd, 2012 02:51 PM

Happy 2012 E and P. :-) Look f/w to those pics amigo.

kenav Jan 5th, 2012 09:24 AM

Eschew - Great report.

You might have mentioned it above, but, if you don't mind, can you tell me your ages? (You said something like if you were 10 years younger you might consider going again.)

Eschew Jan 5th, 2012 03:10 PM

Hi Kenav, we are a relatively young couple of 60+, living a rather active life style and in in reasoanble good physical condition.

I still play sports competively, train and enter into competitions regularly, competiting and playing against people young enough to be my children. (My youngest is only 24).

We did not find the activities around the Galapagos Islands too challenging, but the schedule is way too "dense", with very little time left to relax and enjoy otehr things. If we were to be 10 years younger, we probably can handle the "dense" schedule much better. We are not tired by the activities as much as it was too much "go go go".

Being through Peru on land and Macchu Picchu Inca Trail etc just prior heading off to Galapagos certainly did not help, plus my injury from the fall certainly affected my ability to swim. Physically, we can and may do it again, but we will be looking at a more relaxed schedule.

To Larry & Percy, I will let you know when I post the Peru pictures. Maybe I'll have a chance to do it this weekend.

jacketwatch Jan 5th, 2012 03:15 PM

cool. Thanks. :-)

Percy Jan 5th, 2012 06:57 PM

That would be nice, I would love to see them

kenav Jan 7th, 2012 06:18 AM

I'm guessing that November is considered the "high season"? Been looking at sites to see what they all say about the weather in Ecuador. Seems rainy season is Jan-April. But the topography is so varied that it can be hard to get a one-size-fits-all weather report.

What was the average temperature while yo were there?

Eschew Jan 9th, 2012 10:01 AM

Hi Kenav, for the Galapagos Islands, it was nice and comfortable through out the whole time we were there and the temperatures varies very little.

Sunrise is always at 6 a.m. and sunset is always at 6 p.m. (within minutes anyway) as you are right on the equator.

Day time tempertaure were about 70, and after the sun set, maybe a degree or 2 cooler. They really don't have "seasons" but it does rain more from January to April. Interesting enough, the air temperature and the water temperature are very close and doesn't varies much.

The reason why November, December etc are considered "high season" is because most tourists are from North America and Europe where November and December etc are relatively cold and people wants to take winter vacations.

It would be a supply and demenad thing, there is only so much capacity and the more people wants to go, the more expensive it gets. Based on my observation and speaking to the locals, the Galapagos is a year round destiantion and weather is nice year round.

As to Ecuador weather, it is tougher to generalize as it depends on where you are, but typically, they are warm most time of the year and the temperature does not get too extreme in any part of the country except for the high mountains.

Eschew Jan 17th, 2012 02:40 PM

Finally ... as promsied .. pictures!

South America:

Galapagos Islands:

Main Album (if you want to see other pictures)

Enjoy! All comments welcome here and over there too. Feel free to download the pictures.

Percy Jan 17th, 2012 06:41 PM

Hey , was waiting for them.

Very nice ,Thanks for posting.

I was checking to see if you got your feet wet at the Wet Landing in the Galapagos. :)

Any one going to Machu Picchu and/ or the Galapagos better look at these pictures.

SelfPropelledTripod Jan 17th, 2012 09:15 PM

Awesome photos! Although I do have to say that a lot of your photos are exactly the same as mine -- even including the giant tortoise droppings with the shoe in the photo to show scale. :-) Those are GIANT tortoise droppings! I didn't get to see all those adorable seal pups, though. And where was that cave / lava tube?

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