Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Power of Water

Suicide Rocks has been a favorite attraction of folks on Kudjip station for some time. It is about a 15 minute hike through the bush/village to Suicide Rocks. It is a great place to cool off when it is hot outside, jumping from the 12 foot rock above the water and doing a little bit of swimming. At one point, a volunteer broke his ankle, but other than that, I am not aware of any other major injuries that have occurred there, so not sure where the name Suicide Rocks came from. Now Suicide Rocks has been changed. We had a lot of water during the rainy season, and in one downpour in particular. I am not sure if it was one large surge of water, or a lot of surges, but something has totally changed Suicide Rocks.
This weekend I walked with Bill and Scot Riggins to see what the water had done. It was quite impressive. Initially we thought that a rock just fell into the water, and was what we were standing on below. However, after looking closer we were discussing the possibility that the rock was broken apart by the water and taken away. As you look closer at the current rock formation, (bottom pics) you see that the rock there is actually underneath the top rock. I found some old photos from before (top pics), to see what it was like to compare. Sure enough, it looks like the water swept away a large section of rock that use to be above where the little kid is standing on the left. This rock is what we used to jump off of into the water below (see me jumping above). Wow, water can be quite powerful and destructive. Suicide Rocks may need a new name and we may need a new swimming hole after this.