Galapagos Trip
A travel log blog for the 2024 Mascoma Regional High School Galapogs Trip April 4th-14th

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Shark Turtle Sea Lion
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 15, 2024 at 11:22 AM
Our guides have been encyclopedic in the way they have delivered the learning on this trip. It would be a veritable curriculum, coupled with the outdoors and hands-on participation if we recorded and transcribed to text, they’re onsite teaching. Every on site location is a 20 minute or more teaching situation and then the learning reinforced when we can taste, touch, smell, the objects in the outdoor classroom. I’m pretty sure most students have never pulled a coffee bean from a bush or picked a banana from a tree or could distinguish between a guava tree and a coconut tree until today. And although the students may not be able to articulate all their learning in a paper or a blog, we can be assured that this trip’s memory will be forever etched in them, and someday they will be able to recollect and reflect on their experiences and share them. - By Craig Suttie
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 15, 2024 at 7:38 AM
Hiked to Sierra Negra Caldera on Isabella Island. In the morning went snorkeling in  La Concha de la Perla 
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 12, 2024 at 6:24 PM
A tortiose in full sprint! Iguana Dinner! Selfies! Galapagos Ocean Sea Lions
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 11, 2024 at 3:13 PM
Wednesday - When you island hop in the Galapagos, you quickly learn about water taxis and ferry boats. You check luggage at  the pier and from there you board a crowded water taxi with all your luggage and then the water taxi takes you to the ferry somewhere in the harbor.  You disembark from the water taxi and with all your gear, you get onto the ferry that will take you to the next island about two hours away. When the ferry arrives in the port you grab all your gear, walk across the pier and move to the hotel via land taxi. And so we’ve moved from San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and then Isabella Island where we are now watching penguins, sharks and one big sting ray. - Craig Suttie
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 11, 2024 at 2:54 PM
Tuesday was a busy day! Students took a speed boat to Santa Cruz Island. We visited the Charles Darwin Research Center where they breed Giant Tortoises to release into the wild. We then headed to the highlands to see tortoises in the wild.  We then headed to Las Grietas for a swim! It was a busy day but so much learning taking place. 
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 10, 2024 at 11:39 AM
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 09, 2024 at 6:04 PM
We cruised to the highlands Monday on San Cristobal escaping the heat. Coffee bushes. papaya, tangerine,guava, coconut, yucca trees, pineapple ground plant, cacao tree. Some of the flora we saw and learned about today on our plantation tour before the service project.  We dug holes for and planted coffee trees. The owners were appreciative of our contribution to forestation. We then hiked up to  El Junco the only freshwater pond on the island and where Frigate birds will visit to dip briefly in the water to rid salt from their wings.
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 09, 2024 at 9:27 AM
We spent the day today kayaking to a beautiful cove for snorkeling, and all the while kayaking to our destination, sea lions frolicked in front of us, behind us, and underneath us to give us a show of playfulness and entertainment. While snorkeling some students dove deeper to see more closely colorful tropical fish and others took photos and video of their experience closer to the surface.  Afterwards we paddled back to our rendezvous point, went to lunch, and then spent the afternoon hiking through coastal lava fields and ended up at a giant bluff where we watched sea turtles feed on algae. We saw swallow tail, seagulls and blue footed boobies as well. We saw iguanas sunning themselves and even an iguana skeleton. Finding a beach we snorkeled again, knowing that the previous group were able to get close-up views of sea turtles underwater. - By Craig Suttie
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 08, 2024 at 9:50 AM
Zip lining in the Cloud Forest Intinan Equator Museum Mindo Chocolate Tour
Posted by kgunn  On Apr 06, 2024 at 9:36 PM
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