Thursday, October 30, 2008

Galapagos - Kicker Rock

7 AM on Day 4, the sun is rising behind Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido in Spanish or Sleeping Lion). This island is found off the northwest shore of San Cristobal Island. It is a massive angular rocky block very similar to Gibraltar.

Xpedition has dropped anchor and the Zodiacs are being lowered in preparation for a special morning activity. There is only one activity offered: Early Circumnavigation around Kicker Rock - Zodiac Ride Only. Since I'm telling you about this, you guessed it, we did get up early to partake in this activity and are very glad that we did so.

Kicker Rock's size alone is impressive but even more interesting is the cliff that splits the rock into a narrow passage. The Zodiacs took us up close to Kicker Rock, also going thru this narrow passage.

This interesting formation is referred to as a Tuff structure. Tuff is formed when the ejecta and ash from a volcanic explosion mixes with water vapor. The resulting formation has a cement finish. As we visited this island we saw more sea lions, frigate birds, that we circling high above the rock, and other inter-tidal zone life.

We spent about an hour circling Kicker Rock and taking plenty of photos. If you'd like to see more pictures, see our Kicker Rock album. Breakfast was waiting for us in Darwin's Restaruant when we returned to the Xpedition.

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