On Friday morning we landed in Sullivan Bay on the island of Santiago, also known as James Island. I immediately felt at home. Here was a relatively young island; still shaking off the ashes of its volcanic birth; still relatively barren. It can take a long time to vegetate a landscape as harsh as this one—little rain, sea breezes and the hot equatorial sun constantly beating down. Despite this, our naturalist guide was quick to point out how clumps of grass had already begun to take root among the rocky crevices of Santiago. Everywhere we looked, crabs scuttled amongst corridors etched out by lava in a beautiful pattern of ripples. At times, it was hard to believe the surface underfoot was solid. This was our first morning making a landing in the Galápagos, and the beautiful contrast between the sky and the land; between the teeming wildlife and harsh environment, all served to make a powerful impression—this trip would be unlike any other.
– James Simone, Inventory & Customer Account Manager