Today we were treated to an incredible variety of unique Galapagos experiences. I asked my students to write up a summary of a memory, experience, or other event that stood out to them from day three of our trip. Below are their responses. -Mr. Walker
"Today's hike was very memorable, and possibly the most amazing experience of the trip so far. The initial ascent was difficult with thick mud in the trail. By the time the group reached the top we were covered in mud and sweat, and surrounded by fog. Although the volcano was barely visible it was still worth the messy hike up. Being surrounded by the forest, we sat in silence and listened to the sounds of the forest and contemplated the unique environment we were in. It was a surreal experience." -Ethan
"The hike to the volcano was tough. I slipped so many times, but I never fell actually because of my crazy athletic balance. Also, snorkeling was like the most fish-like experience I've ever had. Thanks Schuld. And Luis (our tour guide) buzzed my line (participated in Gabe and Josh's elaborate handshake). Dude, best thing yet. -Gabe
"-In snorkeling, my mask let some water into the nose piece. Even though I couldn't see very well without my glasses, it was still a great experience. I was dying while climbing the volcano, and I almost fell 3 times. However it was still so much fun!" -Tanya
"This trip has given me an amazing experience. Today, I've done so many things for the first time. Today I swam in an ocean and snorkeled for the first time. We also hiked on a volcano, my first time hiking-on a volcano! We also saw flamingos in the wild which was pretty fantastic. I am really having a blast in general. It's so beautiful here. -Annabelle
"I love the stars. In the city you can't see them because of the light pollution in the air. Here, on top of the hotel with all lights off the stars are crystal clear and super bright. I've noticed that you can't see the moon probably because of our location, which is interesting. Also, the sun and moon don't shine at the same time in the Galapagos. The stars are bright and beautiful. -Gabriella V.
"What I found very interesting was the many reservations for wildlife. On our first day, there was an entire national park to help tortoises survive. Today at the beach there were closed off or forbidden areas due to saving land iguanas and their eggs. The amount of dedication people have towards saving the wildlife is amazing." -Natalia
"I played soccer with people from Michigan. I also ate and drank coconut for the first time. Seeing the baby iguanas was really fun. I saw where plantains, which I love, are from." -Sam
Left: See a slideshow of student-taken images that capture the natural beauty of the Galapagos!