Ryan's Journal

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell

The Beachmasters Will Eat You

Posted from South Plaza Island, Galapagos Islands at 6:25 pm, May 6th, 2006

Day two started out with food poisoning on the plane – an important note for those flying Tame, there are no barf bags in the seat pockets. As quickly as it hit my time getting to know my breakfast was over, and we arrived in the Galapagos to meet Greg and board the boat. A bit of choppiness during the voyage to South Plaza Island allowed a couple of other passengers to join the upchuck club, but once we arrived on the island everyone was feeling fine and most people jumped in the water for a quick snorkel. Aaron and Scott of course literally jumped in the water, and a photo exists somewhere of the two of them doing tandem ninja kicks off of the boat’s second deck. Greg refused to even call this a snorkel, and instead described it as a “swim”, but a few sea lions playing with banana peels and several fish made for a good time. The day’s only hike was a three hour jaunt around North Seymour where the red-billed tropic birds wrecked havoc on my sanity by refusing to stay in focus, and the sea lions and land iguanas entertained everyone else. A good start, and everyone seems primed for tomorrow.

Land iguana on South Plaza Island

Land Iguana on South Plaza Island.


Posted from Quito, Ecuador at 12:35 am, May 6th, 2006

Day one has brought with it little sleep, good times in first class, an enormously enjoyable (and late) evening at the hotel’s bar, and not one, but two lost luggages. With luck American will come through and get the bags to the boat quickly, but aside from this snafu the trip is off to an excellent beginning.

The Lizards Can Swim

Posted from Culver City, California at 7:55 pm, May 4th, 2006

Galapagos III kicks off tomorrow with a 4:30 AM wakeup followed by a flight to Miami and then on to Quito. It’s a bit of a struggle not to get too excited already since the last two trips have been such good ones:

As always I’ll keep a daily journal, but it will probably be a couple of weeks before ‘net access is again available and everything can be uploaded. Should be fun.