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Adventures from earlier this weekend, before going on-call at the clinic: Floreana. Getting to the island was a two-hour boat ride from Santa Cruz. Misty skies and choppy seas got us there, but our return trip had clear skies and an amazing view of an island so clearly volcanic in origin it reminded me that while I usually see a landscape of rolling hills and jagged peaks long since formed and dormant, the earth is still so much an alive and moveable thing, roiling with its own force beneath us as we change it from above. .
During our few hours on Floreana, we snorkelled (and yes there were sea turtles!), learned about the island's crazy settlement history (from pirates in rain-formed labyrinths to a mysteriously vanished baroness), saw Cerro Pajas (the highest point in the island), and visited Floreana' giant tortoise rearing center. More information on that to come!
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