Yesterday we took a trip out to the island of Isla de la Plata. We all got drugged up on dramamine for the wavy ride and no one was overcome with seasickness. Harper was a little nervous about the boat ride but after a bit she settled in and bounced around smiling with Cal. Almost to the island the driver slowed the boat to look for whales and Danny and I both saw a whale's spray. When we came in closer we couldn't locate it but it was exciting to know a whale was in our midst.
On the island we hiked and witnessed the quirky ways of the blue-fotted booby birds. (And sorry about the video quality. I didn't even realize I was taking it.) They have no fear of humans so we could walk right up past them and the kids got a kick out of their painted feet and silly mating dances. The birds nest right on the sandy ground so we saw their eggs and lots of young boobies in various stages of development. We also saw frigate birds and vultures, as well as a couple lizards. The island is a dry forest with only a few green plants, therefore most of the flora was brown and bone dry. We were told in the rainy season it all greens up.
|On the beach before our hike|
|Harper hiking the loop|
|Crazy cactus plant that has a trunk like a deciduous tree|
|I carried Cal most of the way. He enjoyed it despite the sourpuss face|
|Blue-footed booby pair|
|Dry forest covering the island|
|Tortuga eating lechuga|
|Danny snorkeling in the cove around the coral reef|
|Happy Cal on the way back to town|