Great Galapagos…is That a Giant Tortoise or What?! – Ecuador Photo Blog #4
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin, 1800 – 1882
Wow, wow, wow…
From sea lions, sharks and dolphins to iguanas (land and marine), Blue Footed Boobies, Darwin’s famous finches, flamingos and, of course, the giant tortoises, seeing the wildlife of the Galapagos was a dream come true.
Our five days there were jam-packed with seeing animals, swimming, snorkeling, eating, boating, hiking…and locking out my travel companion’s credit card. Oops 🙂
Let’s start with the giant tortoises…
The males can weigh up to 500 pounds. A giant tortoise can live up to 150 years.
“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.”
– Edward O. Wilson
Sassy Sea Lions…
Snorkeling Shenanigans (Homo Sapiens)…
Lovely Isabella Island…
And then we had crepes…
Right after this photo was taken, Lynne and I had a scrumptious feed of crepes and beer…possibly more beer than crepes, which might partly explain the credit card faux pas. When the time came for me to pay my bill, I cheerfully punched in my PIN. Wrong number. I punched it in again. Wrong number. I punched it in a third time, which is when I remembered that you only get three chances. Wrong number again.
“That’s odd,” I (finally) thought to myself then pulled my credit card out of the machine.
Except, of course, it was not my credit card. It was Lynne’s. No wonder my PIN didn’t work! So I casually handed Lynne her card back and said (rather softly), “Your card is probably locked out.”
“Pardon me?” she said.
“I’m pretty sure your card won’t work anymore,” I said sheepishly, then took another sip of beer (why stop now?).
It didn’t (which was confirmed after a rather panicky call to her credit card company). There ended Lynne’s access to her credit card.
Thankfully, she had a second card. So all’s well that’s end well. The moral of this story is be careful who you travel with. No wait…that’s not right. Always have a back-up credit card…yes, that’s the lesson here 🙂
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