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Farewell from the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Community Service

Greetings Loved Ones,

The time has come for the final scribe. It’s hard to believe that day 24 is upon us. The trip has flown by and it’s hard to believe that we’ve only known each other for 3 ½ weeks. The adventures we’ve shared, the memories we’ve gained and the lifelong friendships  we’ve made are priceless. We have grown, we have learned and we have laughed. We have had AWESOME moments and it’s hard for each member to choose just one.

Here are just a few:

Some (of the many) AWESOME moments:

Tyler: Swimming with sea lions and turtles

Andrea: Dancing to “Danze Kudura” in the bus

Jeff: Seeing a hammer head shark

Lauren K: Tubing in the Amazon

Rachel: Getting to the top of Cotopaxi

Jackie: Swimming and surfing with sea lions

Alex: Seeing animals in the Amazon and Galapagos

Anna-Karin: White water rafting and tubing

Carter: Hiking up Cotopaxi

Bebe: Looking at Lonesome

George (last turtle of his species)

Jason: Snapping pictures

Lauren B: Dancing in the club

Haley: The bonfire in Latacunga

Olivia: Meeting the community in the Amazon

Tristan: Playing with the orphans

Jamie: Boys Night

Ryan: 6 people tubing

Cody: Playing soccer with the Scouts in the Galapagos

Peter: Getting to the top of Cotopaxi and taking a picture with Carlos

Casey: Playing with the kids in the Amazon

Meryl: Dancing on the Cheva Trucks in Banos


These experiences will stay with each of us for our lifetimes. As we move forward in life we will carry the memories.

“May the wind always be at your backs

May the sun always be upon your face

And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft

To dance with the stars.”

-Irish Blessing


May you all dance with the stars, all the days of your life.

Sending you our final smiles and gratitude,

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Community Service,

Nick, Jamee and Dana

The Westcoast Blogger