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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbelt Publications; first edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916251977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916251970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,799,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bette Blaydes Pegas is a writer-editor who fulfilled her life's dream by visiting the islands Charles Darwin made famous. Her desire to see a finch that makes its own tools and to walk among noble creatures that exist nowhere else inspired her journey. The author lives in El Cajon, California with her historian husband, Art. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

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Pegas writes beautiful prose.
Margaret A. Harmon
It's a reminder that as resilient and adaptable as nature may be it can also be very fragile in this too quickly changing ecosystem.
Donna Hetchler
As far as the book's subtitle, A Personal Evolution, I'm afraid I didn't see it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hetchler on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book in two days because I just couldn't put it down. It's one of those books that works on multiple levels-it's a personal memoir of the author's journey (starting long before the actual trip), it's a travel book that will inspire you to take a trip of your own, and it has just enough history and science thrown in that you get to feel like you're learning something along the way of this fun adventure.

The beautiful descriptions of this faraway land with it's amazing wildlife will give you a newfound appreciation of what you can see even in your own backyard. It's a reminder that as resilient and adaptable as nature may be it can also be very fragile in this too quickly changing ecosystem.

Pick up this book, enjoy the journey and be prepared to be inspired!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Stevenson on June 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bette Pegas had a dream, one that would have been easy to say "no" to. "Maybe I'm not meant to be a traveler," she says. Haven't we all been at that place in our own lives? Yet, Ms. Pegas didn't just leave it in her dream box - she took it out and went for it. A woman like that inspires me.

In her book, "Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos", Ms. Pegas shares with us in an intimate way - as if writing in her journal - her passage from dreamer to go-getter. And in that passage she grows as an individual becoming a stronger, empowered and more confident person.

We get to know her lovely traveling companions - her two daughters, Suzanne and Heather and her niece, Yolis (the risk-taker and translator) as well as those she leaves behind - her husband, Art and her sister-in-law, Connie whose words of encouragement helped to propel Ms. Pegas, "You are meant to take this trip and you must take it."

During her visits to the tiny islands, Ms Pegas paints a vivid picture of the prescious landscapes and wild creatures who, in many cases, only live there: "Along the trail, the air smells of musky feathers. Galapagos doves with impressive blue eye-rings peck cactus seeds while Galapagos mockingbirds chase insects and feed on bits of carrion."

Her interest and admiration for her hero, Charles Darwin, captivated me. At the end of her story, she gives us a glimpse into Darwin's life and works and his important message, " . . . we as men are not isolated from nature; that we are, indeed, a part of it . . . For our works have now begun so to overwhelm the environment that we can only survive if we learn not only to dominate, but to rule wisely."

I learned a great deal about Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Harmon on May 4, 2009
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Memoirs are hot right now, and we can certainly see why people want to look back to times that worked, when we know how things turned out. But the best memoirs use experience to empower us in the present.

One of the latter is Bette Blaydes Pegas's new travel memoir, Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos; A Personal Evolution.

Pegas writes beautiful prose. Her haunting description of a village in a volcano crater that disappears when the fog rolls in and her joyful discovery of Blue-footed Boobies dancing with their mates and exchanging gifts make us feel like Galapagos insiders. What empowers us is her personal evolution from a woman who yearned for 20 years to visit the Galapagos and see Darwin's tool-making finches--but couldn't make herself get on a plane to go--into a woman who tries what she fears but desires, and discovers who she becomes.

An intensely personal writer in all her fiction and nonfiction, Pegas quietly unbuttons her coat and we're inside another skin before we've even adjusted our glasses. Most of us have a private dream that we hide from everyone but our closest and dearest. What would happen if we stopped making excuses and went on our adventure of a lifetime?

Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos is a first-class ticket to the islas encantadas with a delightful companion.

Pegas includes a helpful description of the Galapagos Islands and a very good, concise biography of Charles Darwin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 20, 2009
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A really great read. Both entertaining and informative. If you too have been harboring a dream of visiting the Galapagos Islands then this is the book for you.
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The author, an extremely inexperienced and fearful traveler, recounts day by day her trip to the Galapagos from her decision to go to the Galapagos, the flight down, a day spent in Quito, short flight to the Galapagos, getting on the boat, etc. She goes through it all. We have a trip planned to the Galapagos and I bought this book to learn more about what to expect. I got that. As far as the book's subtitle, A Personal Evolution, I'm afraid I didn't see it. I had hoped to read a story of personal growth but after rolling my eyes at her fears and waiting for her to experience some insight or personal growth and not getting it, I was just grateful the book was no longer than it is.
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More About the Author

Bette Blaydes Pegas was born in San Diego, California, the only child of an Anglo father and Mexican mother. Because her family spoke only English at home, she never became proficient in her mother's native tongue--a handicap she is now trying to overcome by studying with a Spanish language tutor. Her parents loved reading and filled their small living room with classics and a few first editions. At age five, she tried to read Jurgen, by James Branch Cabell, and even though she understood nothing, ran to tell her father that she'd finished the whole book. A lover of words, her father taught her to spell "hypnosis" before she started school and to love the rhythm of words carefully put together. To this day, she never feels satisfied if the cadence of her writing doesn't match the theme and tenor she's trying to create.

Pegas lives in El Cajon, California with her historian husband, Art. She has received a fiction award for the short story "Dry Lips" from the Florida State Writing Competition and a California School Public Relations Association award for writing and editing the best school district newsletter in the state. She is an associate in Sanchez & Associates, a team of educators dedicated to raising the achievement of inner city children and youth; one of the founding members of the La Jolla Writers' Network; a featured singer in the Friendship Connection, a choral group that performs in nursing homes; and a member of the Galapagos Conservancy, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Audubon Society, and the National Resources Defense Council. CHASING A DREAM IN THE GALPAGOS: A PERSONAL EVOLUTION is her first book. She is currently working on a book of short stories.

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