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Fri
11
Nov '11

St. John Vacation – Epilogue

We’re back in Asheville! Our Charlotte to Asheville flight was delayed two hours, one of our bags didn’t show (it was delivered this morning), and the other bag had two broken bottles of Valley Doll Hot Sauce (thankfully the plastic bag we packed them in held most of the leak). Other than that, our return to reality was an uneventful exciting trip…why exciting? Because the first leg was on a 10 passenger (9 plus the pilot) Cape Air Cessna 402 from St. Thomas to Puerto Rico. Yee ha! That’s the smallest plane I’ve been on since the 4-seater that Bob Shaw piloted from Harrisburg to New Castle. Valerie’s never been on a plane that small. It was just a regular-day-at-work for Brian, our pilot, but was a bit of a rush for us and a great way to see Puerto Rico up close.

We had a huge beautiful rainbow over Coral Bay on our last evening and got to recreate our picture from seven years ago – we haven’t aged a bit. We tried to lunch on some local fare (mutton and oxtail) at the airport restaurant but they were sold out and only had chicken. Darn, I think. We picked Serena up from Happy Tails this morning and she’s recovering from her “vacation” by sleeping soundly and dreaming on the couch.

Ahhhh, what a fantastic vacation! We won’t wait 31 months to do this again!

  

 

 

 

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Wed
9
Nov '11

Walk of Woe

Ah, it’s time to leave. Tomorrow we take the “Walk of Woe” – that’s what the locals call it as tourists walk to the ferry at Cruz Bay for their trip back to St. Thomas and then the airport and home. But we had a great time. Pat left yesterday morning for Indiana after a “get-away” week. After we dropped her off we snorkeled around Waterlemon (not watermelon) Cay – THREE times – for a total of almost three hours in the water plus a half-hour hike/walk on each side. We’ve found that every bay is very different and at Waterlemon there were starfish galore and a stingray plus we got a great shot of an octopus that was out sunny himself.

Today was a rainout (actually a lightning and thunder-out) for snorkeling so we went to the Tektite museum (underwater research for the space program in 1969-70) and had lunch at Shipwreck Landing. Tonight we pack and tomorrow we “take the walk” – hey, but it was FUN!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun
6
Nov '11

Double Dip

Today was a double dip. In the morning, Valerie and I snorkeled the west side of Salt Pond Bay and in the afternoon Pat joined us for a snorkel of the northeast side of Haulover Bay. In between we had brunch at Miss Lucy’s – their first day open for the season. We sat at at table right on the beach and the food (eggs Benedict, pumpkin hash, and island pancakes) was delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat
5
Nov '11

Clean Plates

Below are a few pics of yesterday’s and today’s adventures. We snorkeled Kiddle Bay and Little Lamshur Bay. We saw two Lionfish in Little Lamshur bay and need to report our sightings. These fish are invasive and poisonous and have recently begun to appear in St John’s bays. Local divers capture and “dispose” of them because they can take over the waters by killing all the other fish.

For lunch, today, we ate “local fare” at Clean Plates, a newly opened home-style Jamaican restaurant. I remember when we first, back in 2001, ventured into Skinny Legs and wondered “should we be here?” Well Clean Plates has that similar “rough” vibe but lunch (steamed pot fish and jerk chicken) was excellent and we plan to stop back for a dinner. We highly recommend it for the adventurous foodie wanting something other than coconut shrimp and chicken wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
3
Nov '11

Gotta Get Away

Valerie’s sister, Pat, dropped by for a surprise visit to join us on vacation! It rained so we didn’t snorkel :-( . The weather doesn’t look good for the next few days but we’ll see. Below are a few pics of our land adventures. Skinny Legs is the local Coral Bay bar-and-grill with great wahoo burgers and bottled beer (no draft and no fryer – we are on an island). Donkeys, cows, and goats are free-range and everywhere, even on blind corners when you’re driving on the left at night. Check out our grocery store and the USPS office annex downtown! Pictures coming soon of our 4Wd adventure up and over Bordeaux Mountain on an un-mapped road from Coral Bay to Centerline Road.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
2
Nov '11

Great Lameshur Bay

This morning’s snorkel could have brought home lunch and dinner…

 

 

 

 

 

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Tue
1
Nov '11

Salt Pond Bay

Hey, this doesn’t look like Asheville!

 

 

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