The Daphne Islands and Bahia Ballena Bay…

I over heard my favorite 16 year old tell a friend, “We are the Burkholder family.  We do not go on vacation to relax, we go to learn.”  The utter truth to this statement made me laugh. 

One of my father-in-law’s missions on the trip was to see the Daphne Islands.  Viewing where Darwin had his “lightbulb” moment has long been on his bucket list.

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My Father-In-Law studying the Daphne Islands…

In later years, biological researchers Peter and Rosemary Grant spent decades studying finches looking for keys to the science of evolution.  These isolated islands provided a perfectly pristine place for research, and we circled them in boats looking at the beautiful bird inhabitants.

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Later, we traveled by boat to the Enchanted Beach in Bahia Ballena Bay.  Here we saw a pair of sea turtles mating as well as the tracks of other female turtles on the beach where they traveled to lay their eggs.

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The mating sea turtles can be seen in the middle right of the picture…

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This afternoon proved to be the favorite time of the trip for all three of my girls demonstrating that the Burkholder learning gene runs true :) 

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You can’t change “ornery”…

While the girls obviously enjoyed playing in the water by the Enchanted Beach, the science and history held a fascination for them as well.  As for me, it was a wonderful time for me to play with my camera capturing the beauty as well as the memories.

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4 responses to “The Daphne Islands and Bahia Ballena Bay…

  1. “we go on vacation to LEARN!”
    I love it.

    • Thank you, Keri. Learning seems to be the dominating mantra in our family, so it was appropriate to take it with us on our trip! I like to tease my girls that “they come from a long line of nerds”🙂

      Thank you for reading.
      Best,
      Anne

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