Today was our last day in paradise. The Galapagos brought magic to our souls and minds. We all bonded as one, even though we came from different places. It still seems unreal, this adventure, this journey of discovery through time. We have traveled from the youngest island (Fernandina) to one of the oldest in the archipelago (San Cristobal Island).

Today, we opted for a fun Zodiac ride to search for red-footed boobies. Soon after, we landed on a green olivine beach for a 1.5-mile walk. The volcanic scenery was spectacular. The peaks of tuff high in the sky made this site unique. We saw many red-footed and blue-footed boobies. Chicks, juvenile, and adults feeding and taking care of their young. Back on the beach, we had fun swimming and playing with a small colony of sea lions, our ever-present friends. We rounded off our last full day in the islands by visiting Cerro Brujo for a beach walk.

Getting to Galapagos was not easy, which adds to our appreciation of this destination. Our expedition is now over. Life goes on, but perhaps some of us are changed by everything we saw.

Farewell, amigos.