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.

3 comments:

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

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  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???

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

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