John Merck
July 14, 2000



The Trip

The Course

Introduction: I am not the kind of persons who spends valuable travel writing impressions in a diary. I either am doing something, or resting up for later exertions. The 2000 Galápagos trip is different, however. Because it was an academic exercise, because we plan to repeat it in coming years minus this year's mistakes, and because we urge other academic institutions to follow our example, I have written this travelogue.

People accuse me of being verbose, and I guess this is a good example. I have two motives for going into the detail that I do: