Friday, April 27, 2012

São Vicente Island...

provided a great opportunity to examine the volcanic geology of the Cape Verde archipelago. We used a local guide and driver to transport us to about 2,000 ft on Mt. Verde where our small group enjoyed a nice view of Porto Grande, a collapsed caldera that is used as the harbor where the Clipper Odyssey is moored for the day (click images to enlarge):
We hiked down the narrow cobblestone road for several miles, examining outcrops of ash flow tuffs along the way, with our driver collecting us near the bottom:
On the way to lunch in Bahia das Gates, the northeastern rocky coast with bright sandy beaches - comprised of sand blown in from the Sahara - dominated our attention:
My lunch with a locally brewed beer was quite delicious after our walk (even the fish head):
After exploring the town of Mindelo for several hours, we depart the Cape Verde group and are setting a northerly course for the Canaries.


  1. What do you do with the fish head at lunch??

  2. Charlie MerrittMay 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Wow!!! You got to sail into a caldera!!!?? That's so cool. Thanks for taking these great pictures. That water is so blue and beautiful. Your so lucky!! Did you eat that fish head???

  3. Please sir, may we have some more!!! (vicarious travel adventures that is!)