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Visit 2006/7 - December 31st

This afternoon's trip is to be to Pillar Bay, or was it Cocoanut Bay next door, in the south of the island, but for some reason (now totally forgotten) we make a detour to the Scout base just round the corner from Dead Mans Beach.


Beach in front of the Scout base

Not many Scout groups can lay claim to having a base actually overlooking a beach like this with a nice warm all year round climate.


Rocky beach near Scout base

In the distance in the other direction the sea is breaking over the rocks producing a lot of spray, but after a short walk to get closer for better pictures it has calmed down a bit and the picture above is as good as it gets in my pictorial record.


Looking from near South East Crater towards Pillar Bay

We park up off the Nasa Road just in front of South East crater and set off down the path which is not too obvious.


 Near South East Crater, Ascension island

Some bits of Ascension do like slag heaps that escaped from the industrial North of England, but that is no bad comparison as they are effectively nature's slag heap equivalent left behind as a visual P.S. after a volcanic eruption.


Bizarre rock formation, Ascension Island


The rock formations are sometimes really bizarre, like this one above they looks like two dinosaurs nose to nose, just like eskimos kissing.


Bizarre rock formation, Ascension Island

Or this one where someone seems to be stranded on top on a pile of rocks with strange hat or helmet on, doomed for ever more to be gazing out to sea.

 Green Mountain Ascension Island from the Nasa road

Glancing back, and as usual, Green mountain is there with its summit just grazing the misty clouds.


 Delicate rocks formation on Ascension

From time to time one comes across flakes of rock that seem incredibly delicate and fragile and should have broken off years ago.


 Ravine on way to Pillar Bay

Following what we think is the path we end up in a ravine, and have to prick our way through the rocky outcrops.

 Ravine on way to Pillar Bay

Looking back one hopes that we remember our route down as it is definitely much steeper than it looks in this picture.

 Ravine on way to Pillar Bay

The ravine seems to go on for ever and it gets pretty hot as we are sheltered from the trade winds that normally nicely moderate day time temperatures and also the rocks themselves are reflecting back the sun's equatorial heat.

 Eroded(?) rock formation

Yet more visually oddities with this honeycomb rock. So was it created like that originally or has it been eroded by water somehow, maybe acid rain during a volcanic eruption? No doubt a geologist would know the answer


Pillar bay from inland


Eventually we break out of the ravine and see what we think is the pillar, that Pillar Bay is named after, off to centre right. However in front of us is a very steep slope and by now we are very hot and flustered, so reluctantly we decide to turn round and head back to base. We later learn that we missed the best path to pillar bay very early on in our walk and the ravine was definitely not the optimum route. 


 Green Mountain from Two Boats

A stop off on the way back for a swim at Two boats swimming pool and this view from Two Boats really shows why Green Mountain got its name. The Red  Lion is visible just below the dip in the middle at the top.




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