From biking on abandoned railroads in Ecuador to snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, this year’s Backroads trip was phenomenal! The striking contrast between the beautiful green farmlands of Zuleta and the haunting lava rock fields of Isabela leaves an everlasting impression. The Galapagos wildlife was extraordinary. We saw blue-footed boobies, white-tipped reef sharks, giant tortoises, sally light-foot crabs, and playful sea lions. The scenery and the wildlife, however, may have taken a backseat to the other unforgettable part of this trip—the wonderful people who were my companions on this incredible adventure. I have spent the past 24 hours wishing that the three other families and two Backroads leaders who shared this experience with me could be here in Atlanta right now. They were the nicest, most supportive group of people that anyone could have ever hoped for. I want to thank each of them for making this trip to Ecuador perfect.
Here is a set of photos that I took in Quito, the highlands of Ecuador, Isabela Island, and Santa Cruz. And just to prove to our leader, Christy, that it could be done, I am including a photo of a bird in flight as my best effort to complete her challenge to capture a flying finch. Enjoy!