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Behave Yourself! – Rockwatching Blogging Protocal


scan0001, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Well, Rockwatching has been up and running for a number of years now (5 to be exact) and I believe it has contributed significantly to the interest of people like myself who like caving, rocks, the outdoors, gems and minerals in Ontario.

We are just a few short days from 2011 and I believe it’s high time we made some resolutions -all of us  (you my loyal fellow bloggers as well).

So in the interests of all involved a few ground rules to follow on Rockwatching from now on

1) Lets not carry a personal vendetta onto this site which is meant to be a forum where like minded enthusiasts can interact in a positive way.
2) Lets respect each other and try not to get personal when we are frustrated.
3) Lets respect the basics of conservation and eco-minded thought.
4) Lets not assume stuff we don’t know for sure (hence the survey at the bottom of the post).
5) Lets keep in mind that this is all about enjoyment.
6) Lets keep in mind that just because the topic is on the table, every single aspect that pertains to it is not an open book.
7) Lets respect people who are not on the site, private property, reputations etc. Just because there is discussion of a site or feature does not mean permission has been granted to go there.

8) Lets not get petty, self righteous or important. Stop correcting my grammar, spelling or use of terms. I am a writer at heart and so I believe I can use the language as I please (providing it’s in good taste, or if I choose, not in good taste).

9) Lets not waste my time by having to re-direct you to one of the above rules.

Happy and prosperous 2011 – Mick

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Essouria1 – Morocco

So much has been said of Hendrix’s song “Castles in the Sand” – undoubtably one of the more lyrical of pieces ever written.

In the ocean not far from here there is an island that had an ancient fort of some type on it. As you could see it some 15 years after Hendrix’s visit, it is crumbling into the ocean, its foundations eaten away by the waves. Behind Bev and I are the more sturdy walls of Essaouira – a nearby town.

Well several relevant thoughts can evolve from the appearance of the crumbling structure in the ocean, but none that might be all that applicable to Hendrix as his song was supposedly written 2 years prior to his visit to Essaouira.

Hendrix was hesitant to speak of his past and his difficult upbringing. The common interpretation of “Castles in the Sand is that nothing lasts forever and in his song most speculate that he is applying the impermanence to his family. If you were to hear the song/verse and look around the town you would certainly be tempted to suggest that he was here when he wrote it.

There are verses like, “Drew her wheel chair to the edge of shore” and “A golden winged ship is passing my way” which are seen quite vividly as images, though undoubtedly interpreted together in the context of the song as a young girl, bound to her wheel chair drowning herself. There is some talk of the golden winged ship being inspired by Moroccan sunsets. And a sun-set at the edge of the Atlas Range, looking out across the ocean is an unforgettable thing. It is as though you are transported away from that Aladdin’s land into somewhere else even more mysterious and exotic. And as night comes on there is the cry from the Mosque, the groaning of a camel and the burnt-tire smell of red Moroccan hash that is transported shore-ward from the mountains.

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free climbing cliffs above the ocean – when sitting on the beach and drinking wine became boring.

old pics 122, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Here is a post from my other site – “thetravelnet.org”, it is rock related …

“Here I am one sunny afternoon climbing the cliffs at the edge of Camp Bay in Gibraltar. The peninsula is a 6 kilometer long block of Jurassic age limestone, faced at it’s north end by massive cliffs – rising to around 1200 feet above the ocean level runway of the airport. Cliffs also skirt much of the southern edge of the rock where it meets the ocean.

This was an especially popular spot (Camp Bay) for easy little climbs and for cliff jumping. The ocean was generally deep enough to handle a falling human body and the rocks – stable enough for climbing. On some days when there were large waves it was important to time your jumps to coincide with the the inwash of the swell. This prevented a cliffside battering and 5 or 6 feet less water than you were expecting. I only misjudged the swell once and on a nearby beach I had to surgically remove a rounded pebble from my palm with a can opener.

There is a spectacular path that runs along Gibraltar’s eastern face and in following it you will wander through a unique cliffside ecosystem and be in close proximity to the wildlife and unusual vegetation of the region.

There are many unique plant and animal species that grow on Gibraltar’s cliffs and the climber has to be especially wary. At Little Bay scientists have found the only known occurance of the plant species – “Aeonium Haworthii” outside of the Canary Islands. They speculate that the tiny seed was likely carried there on the eastward blowing winds.

Bats inhabit the many cliffside caves and at Gorham’s Cave – an impressive water-level sea cave – archeologists have found evidence of the last known colony of Neanderthals. The Neanderthal was a stocky hunter of the European plains and with the spread of modern man into his domain he all but disappeared around 30 000 years ago. The Gibraltan Neanderthals survived on this isolated peninsula for at least 2000 years longer than was previously suspected.

Rife with history and spectacular vistas a visit to Gibraltar and its amazing cliffs is a worthy travel venture”.

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