Ascension Island is a very remote outpost, used mainly by military and communications companies because of its proximity to the Equator in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is mostly a volcanic landscape, but there is one mountain that is Green Mountain with growth on it. This is a picture of some wild ginger growing near some old ruins of a building on Green Mountain.
This is the typical lava plain and cinder cone views common across this little island. It is said there are 41 cinder cones that make up Ascension Island.
Consider yourself warned about the land crabs.
Catching a free ride to shore with the supply ship's barge. They don't want dinghies at the landing here when the supply ship is in port and will give us rides to keep our little boats out of the way. The landing steps here are the same style but are even more challenging than St. Helena's. These are said to be the oldest remaining concrete steps set by the East India Trading company still in use.
The old warehouses on the shore just beyond the wharf. They are now offices and storage for goods that come off the ships.
Ascension Island is home to the second largest green turtle nesting site in the world. The entire island is considered a marine park and the turtles come ashore here and dig their nests in the sand at Long Beach and lay thousands of eggs here every year. We saw several turtles making their way back to the ocean in the early morning light after a night of digging. Jason and others went ashore to watch the females dig their nests at night and lay their eggs. They were also treated to many new hatchlings emerging from nests and making their way to the water in the dark. The beach was covered in humps that represent nests.
The stonework here is pretty picturesque.
Star shaped succulent plants growing along the roadside.