CRUISING IN VOLCANO LAND
This is our resident volcano at Isla Coronados. I don’t know the volcano’s name. Pepe sounds like a good name to me.
I shall call it Volcano Pepe.
Lava covers the majority of the island with lava flows extending to the southeast and southwest parts of the island.
I don’t know how many times Pepe erupted, but judging from the different colors of the lava rocks, it’s possible there were several eruptions with different types of lava spewing out in each eruption.
On the windward side of the island to the east, the lava rocks are rounded and smoothed from pounding in the surf.
On the sheltered western side of the island and in the bay, Mother Nature has not pounded the lava into submission, so it is does not have rounded contours. It’s more jagged and irregular in size and shape.
In the northern part of the island, the lava is thick and the chunks are bigger. Since the sea cannot reach the lava cliffs and higher points on the volcano, it’s up to the wind and blowing sand to slowly erode the lava chunks.
On the northern shore of the island there are lava tubes which can be explored by dinghy.
A seal colony lives on the northern part of the island, and if you aspire to swim with seals, this is your opportunity.
The bay at Isla Coronados is more than a mile long, and much to my surprise the seabed is composed of white sand.
I would have expected to find dark volcanic sand on the beaches and in the anchorages, but such is not the case. It’s white sand all the way.
That white sand must have been transported here by other mechanisms. It’s possible this was a white sand island before Pepe the volcano came for a visit.
We will probably hang out with Volcano Pepe until forced to head north by a tropical storm or hurricane.
Until then, we will party on with Pepe.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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