Richard Lane guest blog – Galapagos Adventure
March 31, 2014

Hello, Richard Lane here, friend and supporter of LP…

Richard and Liz Lane

I have to admit, I was not sure whether a week-long cruise around Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands was really going to work for a blind person. I’ve been back home a month now, and, extraordinarily, when I think back about the amazing volcanic archipelago straddling the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is like recalling a truly vivid dream of intense colour, bizarre animal shapes and quirky noises and smells, a true sensory experience. Living on a boat with my wife Liz and 30 other passengers was great fun. We generally sailed at night, and every morning awoke to a new island and the welcome of the local inhabitants, predominantly sea lions, land iguanas, giant tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. Human beings are very low down the chain in the Galapagos, which is why it is such an extraordinary place to visit as one’s perspective and relationship with the world around us takes a dramatic change.

Galapagos Sealion and Pup

What makes Galapagos (meaning tortoises) so special is the tameness of the wildlife. With few natural predators, the habitat is so harmonious that the sea lions and tortoises will happily block the footpaths and not scurry away as you approach them. Although it was a shame not to be able to touch the locals (strictly forbidden by our excellent guides; Galapagos is a carefully controlled wildlife park), perhaps this did not matter. Having spent a week with them all, I can almost picture their faces, and can recall their sounds and smells, especially the smelly old sea lions. Galapagos has left an indelible mark on my life; I hope others get the chance to go there one day.

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