Crossing the Equator in Ecuador
On the list of things I am excited about when contemplating my trip to the Galapagos Islands, crossing the equator is not an entry. What is there really to trill about when passing over an imaginary line?
So even though I am in a country called Ecuador and enjoying immensely my sightings of sea lions and blue-footed boobies and volcanoes and sharks and iguanas when I am not resting on the top deck of Ecoventura’s Eric and staring at the stars, I am surprised when Neptune, king of the seas, shows up one night dressed for a party. I hadn’t realized that achieving a latitude of 00°00’0” is a bit of a thing, a cause for celebration. But it is. The party is a bit of a folly of opposites, a mingling of crew and cruisers, silliness and ceremony all in one.
Everyday problems seem very far away here in the middle of the planet, right at that point where North meets South. Here, there are no worries about new assignments, tuition payments, health crises. What bothered me at the beginning of my week in Ecuador does not concern me as much now. Why not just cross that line and dance with Neptune?
Planning to visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador? You might like these posts:
- Will You See Sharks in Galapagos?
- Even Non-Birders Can Enjoy Galapagos
- Roughing It in the Galapagos Islands
- Is Ecuador Full of New Yorkers?