Saturday, May 29, 2010
Today's remarkable bird: the albatross. They nest in large numbers on cliffs above a beautiful seascape, and they are engaging in "beak jousting" where they fence with their beaks. When they soar they are amazing. We wonder how many more remarkable birds we might have seen if we stayed here longer, but this was the last night of our cruise on the National Geographic Islander.
We hope to make it to Guayaquil tomorrow and home on Monday. BUT a volcano is erupting near Guayaquil, and ashes have erratically closed the airport. So we'll see if we get home. We thought that ash plumes were only a problem in Europe, but we were wrong.