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blackdog54 posted 04-02-2007 10:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for blackdog54   Send Email to blackdog54  

Author Topic: how do I tie this in, hmmm....
blackdog54 posted 03-30-2007 10:56 PM ET (US)
Well, I guess it is my love for the water and for Whalers that will be the connection.
Today, my partner and I won a 10-day, 9-night stay in the Galapagos islands, courtesy of National Geographic.

We will fly from the U.S. to Ecuador, then on an expedition ship to 4-5 of the Galapagos islands, complete with diving, RIBs, snorkeling, Nat'l Geographic wet and dry tours.

I am still reeling from the notification. I have never created a website but will do so, and keep the forum posted.

I CAN NOT believe this unique opportunity. Trip is in Sept.

After a rough week, this was welcome news.

Anyone been there? Any recommendations?

WT posted 03-30-2007 11:09 PM ET (US)
You need me to carry your luggage?
Have a great trip,


deepwater posted 03-31-2007 04:29 AM ET (US)
PICTURES,,lots of them,,oh and another thing,, the dragons are not slow you are part of the food chain so be careful,,
RJG posted 03-31-2007 08:29 AM ET (US)
It is one of my life long ambitions to go to the Galapagos. Before I am called home I will go there. I am sick with jealousy. I suggest you stock up with extra video tape and a new Nikon. Someone is smiling down on you. What a great trip it will be.
HuronBob posted 03-31-2007 08:38 AM ET (US)
Congrats! A chance of a lifetime!
I second the Nikon suggestion... if you don't already have a good digital slr, buy one before the trip (I'm recommending the Nikon D80, but most of the Nikon SLR's are great), and remember to take a laptop with you to download the pictures to each day (I would suggest a Mac, but that's a no-brainer)

and, finally... have fun!

Just don't come back here telling these guys that Darwin was right, you'll start a religious war! :)

elaelap posted 03-31-2007 09:30 AM ET (US)
Congrats, you lucky (black)dog, Linda! I'd enjoy hearing more about the contest, and like everyone else I look forward to pix from your trip.

In all the excitement, don't forget about the upcoming NorCal rendezvous...hope you can make it. H.B.--you're a bad, bad dude (with a great sense of humor and timing).

alfa posted 03-31-2007 09:46 AM ET (US)
Grab your Nikon camera and bikini and come back with lot of pics to share. You are really lucky. It's rainy today in Paris. Not a good weather for the FXDX Harley.


blackdog54 posted 03-31-2007 09:51 AM ET (US)
Well, this whole online contest thing started off by winning a coupon for a can of soup, etc.
A few months back, we won the Canon Rebel xTi digital SLR, along with a VERY nice set of Canon 10x30 image stabilizer binoculars. So we are set for still photos. Last week, I started looking into mini cams and came up with one by Canon that is on the short list. This was before I found out about the Galapagos.

Deepwater, I have heard about the dragons, I've got to look into this.

I am already planning (6 mos in advance) for all the things I need to get in place. I have friends who traveled there last year, who are in England for this week, but I want to pick their brains as well. I've got to learn how to create a web page to chronicle the trip.

Last night I was thinking to myself, WOW, this is great, think of all of the great gear I need to buy.....

Tony, we are still hoping to make No Cal but will not know until that week, partner has court case that I am hoping will be cancelled.

blackdog54 posted 03-31-2007 10:09 AM ET (US)
I still haven't figured out that bracket thing :(

Make sure your volume is up and click on Launch site on the left. Give it a minute to load.

HAPPYJIM posted 03-31-2007 10:23 AM ET (US)

blackdog54 posted 03-31-2007 08:16 PM ET (US)
Alfa- If I am going to grab a bikini, I best start thinking about shedding 25 lbs!
gnr posted 04-02-2007 11:02 AM ET (US)
What are you planning for "offsets" to keep this trip "carbon neutral"?

Sal A posted 04-02-2007 11:06 AM ET (US)
Great stuff Linda. Please keep us informed on the trip and document it! A wise man told me once that, at the end of our lives, we rarely regret things we did, but rather regret things we didn't do, or opportunities we didn't take.
jimh posted 04-02-2007 09:33 PM ET (US)

OK, I moved it here Jimh.

Anyway folks, trip coming together will keep you all posted. I am going to try to put a website together for anyone who is interested to follow it when the time comes in Late Sept.

Thanks for all of your great feedback.-Linda

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-11-2007 12:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Make sure you understand all the luggage weight restrictions.
I understand there can be some strict ones to the Galapagos.

Check out water temperatures -- it can be down right cool
at some of the islands, I know people who have taken their

Have fun!


blackdog54 posted 04-11-2007 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog54  Send Email to blackdog54     
Hey Chuck

Weight limit is 44 lbs/per person in/out of Galapagos, likely due to the puddle-jumper from Guayaquil to the islands. I have heard between Ecuador and the U.S. they are a bit more flexible.

Yes, cooler waters but the expedition ship will provide wet (not dry) suits and fins. We have our own masks and snorkels from local snorkeling her at the Cove in La Jolla.

We still have not decided on a date, likely late Sept. vs late Oct. due to things like wet/dry seasons, water temps, animals most likely to encounter, etc. Just starting to read up.

The Nat'l Geographic naturalist-in-residence will be showing us the ropes.

I am still in shock at the opportunity that we have been handed.

Hope to see you at the NorCal rendevous (will not know if we can go until that week).

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