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Interesting fact about being at the equator in Ecuador – due to altitude, it’s not hot and steamy the way you imagine the equator to be, but cool and typically dry.  During our visit?  TORRENTIAL RAIN! 

More later on my “drainage” experiments – i’m collecting data from all sources.  In the process, i have learned another interesting fact – it’s very difficult to photograph water in a sink or toilet bowl.  Experiments with additives continue…

i’m. such. a. geek.

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Off to Galapagos for 3 days – do not expect internet connectivity, so will pop back in on the other side!

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  1. I agree with Kyknoord. This is really a topic the world is interested in. It blows that crap NASA is working with out of the water.

  2. I must tell you that you are now the official HERO of the fourth grade geography class at Little Miss’s elementary school. She took your picture to school and told everyone you ate GUINEA PIG. You are some woman. :) thanks again–

  3. the equator not a jungle? my childhood view of the world is shattered… what a great adventure you are on. thanks for sharing! but??–islands can’t have internet? those poor Manhattan people…

  4. kyknoord – i’m going after The Journal of Irreproducible Results.. Gonna have my picture on the cover, baybeee…..

    unbearable banishment – over massive quantities of alcohol our group discussed the idea of chartering a ship, buying high accuracy GPS gear, and heading for 0 lat 0 long — and getting faced while flushing toilets… (um… it was a good cruise)

    uncle keith – i hope y’all aren’t disappointed. there has been a serious speed bump in my research. it’s called “sangria” + “like minded souls”. research has moved to the back burner, but i shall fabricate extract sufficient data to do something meaningful. when i sober up…

    awalkabout – and THAT, Ms. Walkabout, has made my final night on holiday more worthwhile than you realize! delighted to have provided real-time input to such an important bit of coursework. the world is flat…

    silverstar – YES! it was agave – but my local pals tell me it is unsuitable for tequila production. they import it from mexico… wish i had a buck for every time i’ve caught myself, eyes welling, asking myself “what did i ever do to get this lucky?” over the past two weeks… got a few more posts to pull together, but it may take awhile. Galapagos? Mind-bending… at every turn…

    bob – no whale sharks. this time. i’m coming back… just a question of when. Guyaquil (commercial capital of Ecuador) is a pretty wondrous city, and is screaming at me for a return trip – so this will be my starting point for the next adventure. And i’ll remember my dive certifications next time for sure…

    manuel – getting here is the big expense. once you’re in country? four-star dining at fast food prices… it’s mind-bending… you can do it…

    gnu – today in Guyaquil i discovered “jungle” weather. Hot, humid and jungle-esque in a very comsopolitan city… don’t give up your schoolin’. And regarding “internet”? there was connectivity on our small ship, but i was harrassed by friends for being a total geek chose not to connect for a few days…. and the shipboard crew was grateful, as there was much silliness in the evenings at karaoke events, trivia contests and general farting around after our days on shore and in the water. Film at 11…

    nm – it may take a few days for me to sober up and recover excavate my life shrapnel upon my return home, but there will be a couple more posts. will hopefully get caught up on my blog reading/commenting over the next few days as well…

    dolce – my brain is still processing so much of this. but i’ve had moments of sheer, unbridled joy. hard to get the words together to capture that… i had a sea lion bump into me yesterday because she wasn’t looking where she was going. i nearly stepped on a 2′ marine iguana because i was smitten with a blue footed booby faffing about by his mate…. and members of the Ecuadoran crew told me that they’d never seen a guest jumping on a bed in delight before… may take awhile to get this stuff written…

    squirrel queen – my global reaction is “i need more time in South America”… and you’d be amazed at how affordable it is once you get here… i’m coming back. no doubt about it…

    alex – funny you should mention that…. our guide at the Darwin Research Station didn’t realize i was joking when i inquired about the “Turtle Rides” we had been promised in the brochure… Eventually, she stopped glaring at me when she realized i was being a smart ass….

    tNb – i don’t want to inherit it. i just want to roll over every square inch of it, and not miss a damn thing!

    bc – oh, my…. the pics… it may take some time to sort through. there are four of us in my immediate group, plus two “acquired” gentlemen from NYC, and an amazing family with six other folks – and EVERY ONE OF US has a camera. i’m orchestrating the communcal Flickr site, and we’re incorporating the shots taken by the on-board photog from the ship… my guess over dinner tonight is that we’ve snapped over 5,000 photos among us… so i’m planning to be HIGHLY SELECTIVE before posting any on the daisyfae site. Will keep it to a highlight reel for sure…

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