Were “bucket lists” always a thing? I don’t remember them as a kid … and I cannot recall when the concept started to gain popularity — there was a movie, I think —but one of the best parts of my work is that I get to go on assignment to a lot of places and see a lot of “bucket list-quality” things and sometimes I even get to check things off my bucket list. This brings me to my recent trip to Ecuador and,specifically, the Galapagos Islands.
The Islands did not disappoint and offered everything that comes to mind with the name alone from years of watching Jacques Cousteau, Nova, National Geographic Explorer or any other science-related program. The Islands were one of the spots where Charles Darwin crafted his theory of evolution way back in the 1830s and parts of it are now set aside as the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
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The Blue-footed Booby is just one of the immense cast of characters on the Galapagos Islands, but certainly has one of the most unforgettable names.
It’s essentially a giant lab to study and appreciate nature as it was. The place has certainly changed since Darwin sailed in on the Beagle, but for 2017, it’s still a throwback to a different era. And that makes it a good match for Guy Harvey Outpost Tours, a group that puts value on sustainability and conservation of these types of ecosystems, so much so that in 1998 the Guy Harvey Research Institute with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center and now has preservation and restoration projects going all over the globe.
That’s awesome and makes sure places like this will be around for my kids to come enjoy one day— there’s a long ways to go before I kick the bucket — but for now it’s just a lot of fun to be out here, swimming with seals and seeing things that most people only see on TV.