Monday, May 23, 2011

Trip Plan: Revillagigedo Island & Misty Fjords National Monument

Circumnavigating Revillagigedo Island and exploring a pristine wilderness:  135 miles

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A chance to explore the Misty Fjords National Monument is a dream of mine.  This is a HUGE wilderness.  Known for its unique geology of massive Granite and Basalt formations, it is called "the Yosemite of the north".  Cindy & I had the opportunity to see Yosemite a few years ago and it was incredible.  It will be interesting to see if we draw the same conclusions. 

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Revillagigedo Island, click here for the pronunciation, forms the western side of the area and is the part that we can access with the American Tug.  Named by George Vancouver for Juan Vicente de Güemes, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.  Circumnavigating the island by boat is the only way to get to know this remote area.  Best known are Punchbowl Cove and New Eddystone Rock.

New Eddystone Rock is Basalt pillar reaching 237-feet.  More impressive is that it is in the middle of Behm Canal with nothing around it but deep water.  Formed by volcanic action and then carved away by glacial movement, leaving this huge column.

The Punchbowl behind Punchbowl cove.  It does remind one of Yosemite.