|Today we made a dry landing on the Island of Isabela. This is a lava field that is at the foot of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos, Sierra negra and Cerro Azul. It was a difficult hike and very sharp and sparse, with only the odd cactus for colour. We could clearly see the other active volcanoes on the horizon. We did find surprisingly a small lagoon that had flamingos and ducks on it. I managed to get the schedule wrong and missed the snorkeling today, but we did have a panga ride around the island to look at the mangroves, but unfortunately did not see any rays or sharks. This area would have been great for kayaking, but unfortunately it is not allowed. As usual I attended the daily lecture on board and today was a lecture on Darwin. In the afternoon we went to Fernadina Island, which is considered the jewel of the Galapagos and we walked for about a mile across the island. This was supposed to be a dry landing, but the water was up to our knees some of the time. We were met by hordes of marine iguanas all heaped together. There were lots of sea lions too and flightless cormorants everywhere. They were right, there was so much to see and the views were amazing. One of the guest got told off though because a very young sea lion came up to him to take a look and he patted him on the head. Not allowed! i didn't want to leave this island as there seemed to be more to see, but of course we had to. Back on board the Captain announced that we would be crossing the Equator at 8pm and we were invited to the bridge to see the changes in the equipment. We all visited the Captain with our cameras ready and counted down to zero on his GPS, but some missed the 0.00 setting so being a good sport he turned around and we crossed the equator again. In fact he did this three times. I didn't have my camera with me, so Kathy is going to forward me a copy for my diary. We had supper and I read my book until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.