Flying Jayhawks explore the “living museum” of Galapagos Islands

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in Alumni News and News

The Galapagos Islands | Flying Jayhawks
A group of ten Jayhawks explored the Galapagos Islands in January through the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program.

The Galapagos Islands were designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.”

The archipelago, from which Charles Darwin conceived his theory of evolution by natural selection, is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

After a day of touring in Quito, the group cruised through the archipelago. Some highlights of the eight-day trip included swimming with sea lions and snorkeling with tropical fish; exploring remote coralline beaches and secluded inlets; and visiting historic places such as the Charles Darwin Research Center and Cerro Brujo, one of the first sites visited by Darwin.

An optional extension of the trip allowed travelers to spend additional days touring Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Marcia Anderson, n’60, shared two photos of the travelers with us. The first photo is of seven members of the group, all of whom are affiliated with the KU School of Medicine. The second photo includes the full group of Flying Jayhawks.

Flying Jayhawks- Galapagos Islands 2016
L-R: Jane Yourdon, c’74; Judy Frey, n’67, Kenn Goertz, m’75; Sallie Page-Goertz, c’75, n’75, g’81; Pheny Aldis, c’66; John Aldis, c’67, m’71; Marcia Anderson, n’60

Flying Jayhawks- Galapagos Islands 2016
L-R: Millie Foster, JoAnn Kemp, Jane Yourdon, Judy Frey, Kenn Goertz, Sallie Page-Goertz, Pheny Aldis, John Aldis, Bob Anderson, Marcia Anderson

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