Posted on February 16, 2013
This past summer, I spent some time in Ecuador. After exploring Quito and the Amazon, my family and I hopped over to the Galapagos for an incredible week cruising the islands.
This is a trip that promises to keep you in a constant state of wonder. From the surreal views of bright water contrasted by volcanic rock and towering mountains and volcanoes, to swimming with sea lions, penguins, turtles and sharks, to watching a sperm whale and her young baby frolicking at sun rise, I was amazed for a week straight.
The same morning we spotted the whales, we were witness to another miracle.
While hiking through Isla Fernandina, we found a mother sea lion and her very young pup.
After observing the scene, our guide Juan informed us that “young” was an understatement. The pup had been born just hours before we got there.
We watched in awe as the momma and baby bonded through cuddles and vocal recognition. Even though they were right next to each other, they were constantly grunting, as if they were just trying to get to know each other.
This baby was a healthy, bouncy little thing, hopping all over his mom and repeatedly making a dash for the water. His mom could definitely have used a nanny. I would have been happy to volunteer!
Do you have any travel memories that took your breath away? Are you an animal lover? I’d love to hear about your experiences!