Jill Jhonsen: I’m Jill Jhonsen. I’m from Seattle, Washington, United States. My expectations before I got here, I genuinely wasn’t sure [laughs] what the trip was going to be like. I really wanted to see a couple of birds and I wanted to come and hang out with my dad, and we’re both big fans of Darwin and evolutionary theory and science. It was sort of a pilgrimage.
After we got here, I was really impressed with how accessible everything is and we’re able to just see the– I’m very distracted because there’s a Finch behind you, right now [laughs]. Just continuing to enjoy all of the activities– that’s my dad. We really enjoy being able to see so much from the boats along the seashore and view the wildlife and have people to ask, “what does it mean?” I did not expect so much of the geology and the earth sciences, I have learned a lot about how island archipelagos are formed and colonized by life.
Everyone’s super friendly. It’s a lot nicer than I thought. We’re really well taken care of. All the schedules are really thoughtful. I never got tired. It was always something to see, even from the boat you could see so much and I’ve been really relaxed. It’s been a really great trip. We’re all going to try and figure out how to come back. That’s what I’m going to say, you have to go, you have to go see this and come back.
Santa Cruz II – Western Islands Itinerary