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The island is ruggedly beautiful with plenty of fresh water, balmy tropical breezes - but walking even the shortest distances is very difficult.  The ground underfoot is loose stones with thick grass that pulls at the legs or in some areas nothing but deep, soft sand.  The sun is constantly beating down and even the toughest hiker will consume large quantities of water trekking in this very rugged terrain.

Let's take a look at the southern tip of the island.  Got your water with you?  Rugged hiking boots?  Okay let's go.

 

We said the going wasn't going to be easy.  This is on our way from #1

 

 toward #2.  We went over this pass, such as it was.

     
 
By this point, we are already several hundred feet up from that meadow.
Refer to location #2 on the chart above.
  The red line is our route of march across the meadow and up the ridge to the Grotto of Lourdes.  The arrow indicates the entrance.
     
 

The arrows indicate the Grotto.  Compare with the hand in the lower right corner of the photo to judge just how far we had to walk just to the Grotto.  We had much farther to go this day!  

The Grotto of Lourdes is indicated at location #2 on the chart..

 

     
 

This large sandy area was in the area of #3.

 

We had to cross this large sandy area.

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The next group of photos was taken between points 5 and 6 on the reference chart above at Princess Beach.

 

Our line of march in red as we go over that ridge heading further south. 

 

It doesn't appear too big - until you compare the size of the people.

     
 

This is what is looked like from the other side and remember 

 

to compare the height with the size of the people below.

     
 
The newly arriving island doctor.  He will be here two months.    
     
 
Look closely - the indentations in the sand are turtle's nests.    
     
 
Nature has provided a swimming hole for the hot and tired.   The swimming hole is near point 6 on the reference chart.
     
 

Enough dawdling on the beach -

 

Sarge says it is time to head back.

     
 

Our line of march takes us northward in the direction of the red arrow.  Compare the size of the people with the overall view.  The sand was soft, extremely fine and our feet sank deep into the sand with each step.  Usually we would take one step forward & slide 1/2 step backwards.  Once we rounded this rock outcropping, the way became much steeper and the sand softer.  For the last 100 meters where the angle was extremely steep, we had the benefit of a long rope put there for us to haul ourselves along.

The Sarge was one tough guy!  He never quit and only slowed down when he saw that we were falling behind.  Most of our group were the new arrivals of the Brazilian Navy who would spend the next two months on the island and the Sarge was giving a familiarization tour.  He never was tired, never broke a sweat and was always going.  He was a Navy rifleman, a qualified sniper and similar to the US Navy SEALs.

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We are not mountain goats, but look at the people down the ridge from us and you will get an idea how steep these mountains really are.

 

This is where we are going.

     

 

This is where we go after we clear the steep drop we see above right.

  COOPER with the new group of Navy personnel on the island.

These photographs were taken just north of Point #3 on the chart above heading in the direction of Point #2.

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