Dale Hubert took Flat Stanley to the Galapagos Islands

In March, 2010, my dad and I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. It was a Celebrity Cruise and all the passengers were certainly treated like celebrities! We were surrounded by expert guides and helpful staff. It was a perfect vacation.

In Ecuador Flat Stanley visited the caldera of an ancient volcano. What used to be the inside of the volcano is now fertile farmland.

Dale Hubert, Flat Stanley and My Travel Teddy were on the top of volcano.

Flat Stanley met a local animal.

This marks the equator. One side is in the northern hemisphere and other side is in the southern hemisphere. The country of Ecuador was named after the equator.

Straddling the equator – one Flat Stanley in two hemispheres!

Many years ago, Dale Hubert sang in the streets through Europe, so seeing these street entertainers from Argentina brought back memories! They were full of enthusiasm and positive energy and it was a delight to meet them! There were performing in the street in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

On board the Xpedition with one of the Galapagos Islands in the background.

Flat Stanley visited an island where frigate birds nest. These birds are called Pirates of the Air because of the way they raid other birds and animals.

Flat Stacie used a broom handle to prevent herself from being blown into the lap of this sea lion. Sea lions were everywhere – on benches, on stairs, on the beach and even sleeping in boats.

Flat Stanley met lots of sea lions, too.

Look at the lava!

This is a younger island, so it’s still mostly lave with very little plant life. But give it time…

When we crossed the equator Flat Stanley met Neptune, King of the Sea.

And this beautiful pirate showed Flat Stanley where he was by placing him on the equaotor on this map of the Galapagos Islands.

Flat Stanley met a Galapagos bee. Since this is the only bee on the island, and it prefers yellow flowers, almost all fo the flowers on the islands are yellow.

Another sea lion!

Lots of land iguanas!

A marine iguana.

Since marine iguanas take in a lot of salt when they eat, they have evolved a special gland that removes the salt from their bodies and they spray salt crystals out of their noses!

This type of cactus is one of the first signs of plant life on a volcanic island. It is able to hold moisture in the spiny hairs.

It’s hard to believe that life could establish itself here, but, over time, plants will grow on this lava.

A few years ago a dead whale was washed ashore and the Sally Lightfoot crabs had a feast.

Flat Stanley had this excellent guide take him to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

Flat Stanley and Dale Hubert met many of the famous land tortoises.

Here’s a good question – why do these turtles need such massive shells? What could possibly hurt them? Well, today only the young turtles are at risk from rats and sea birds, but millions of years ago these tortoises evolved when there were dinosaurs around. This tortoise is still on the lookout for dinosaurs!

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