The Western realm of the Galapagos is the most remote. After an overnight navigation, we woke up on a calm August morning to the majestic landscape of young shield volcanoes on Fernandina and Isabela. Evidence of recent volcanic activity surrounded us both morning and afternoon. The vast basaltic lava fields are stunning, but they make us feel like we have stepped back in time. Although these shores seem inhospitable, several unique species have successfully established themselves here, making these habitats their home.