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I traveled to Ecuador & Galapagos with other members of Bluegrass Dive Club, along with my daughter, Amanda, and my nephew, Jon Jr. We spent a couple of days in Quito, the Capitol of Ecuador before flying to the Galapagos Islands. While in town, we took a tour of Cotopaxi National Park, and four of us hiked to the Refugio Jose Ribas, the warming hut at 15,750 feet. Jon Jr., Karl and Jimmy joined me for hot chocolate inside the hut before we returned to the parking lot where the rest of the group were waiting. Next we were off to the Galapagos Islands and boarded the Aggressor yacht for a week of scuba diving. We were very fortunate to be able to dive with Whale Sharks on multiple dives, and on one dive we swam with two at the same time. (See the video link above) After returning to Quito, seven of our group continued to the rain forest east of the Andes, along the Napo River, a major tributary of the Amazon River. We were treated to beautiful scenery, as well as lots of birds, monkeys and "bugs".

Aggressor I.jpg

Amanda after Dive.jpg

Amanda with Big Tortoise.jpg


Another Nice Flower.jpg

Arch at Darwin Island.jpg

Big Bug.jpg


Darwin Station.jpg

Eagle Ray and Jack.jpg

Group Picture at Darwin Island.jpg

Group Picture at Top.jpg

Hot Chocolate reward at Cotopaxi Warming Hut.jpg

Island Feature.jpg

Jon Jr & Amanda with Ruben & Walter.jpg

Jon Jr after Dive.jpg

Jon Jr at Beer Time.jpg

Jon Jr with Big Tortoise.jpg

Jon Jr.jpg

Jon, Walter & Amanda.jpg

Land Iguana.jpg

Marine Iguana.jpg

Nice Flower.jpg

Noel, Jimmy, Jon & Karl at Jose Ribas Warming Hut on Cotopaxi.jpg

Park Sign.jpg

Poison Dart Frog.jpg

Sacha Lodge.jpg

Sea Star.jpg

Tree along the Napo River.jpg

What a Cutie.jpg