Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4

Four years ago the nicest lady I've met married me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spot Winged Comb Jellies!

Hadn't seen these guys since we lived on Grand Cayman


video

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dancing Shrimp

Sorry, the video didn't really work out.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Who Knew?

I think the settlers got it backwards.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

And Back

The Seaplane swooped over us into the harbor at Charlotte Amalie to pick us up and take us home to St. Croix.




"I can see our boat from here!"

It was very nice to leave a vacation on a tropical island to return home to our own tropical island 20 minutes away!
An experience made even nicer by Seaborne's extensive customer service policies.

Friday, July 15, 2011

St John Scenery

Cruz Bay- where we stayed


Coral Bay- where we had lunch after the hike


Trunk Bay- where we swam


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reef Bay Trail

This is the day that nearly killed us.

We parked at a trailhead along a mountain road and started hiking down. The trail was beautiful in itself, and made all the more fascinating by the various ruins it passed by

and the wildlife we sometimes passed under.
The objective of the hike was to get to a small waterfall near the bottom of the mountain.
But the waterfall itself was not the attraction. Into the rocks along the side of one particular pool are carved the Petroglyphs.
Estimated to have been carved (or rubbed) by the Tainos as many as 400 years before Colombus showed up to ruin the party .

It was simply awe-inspiring to sit on the rocks and look across the pool at these figures. No fences, no railings, no gift shops- just us and the work of these ancient people.

After hanging out for a while and pondering the petroglyphs, we hiked the rest of the way down the mountain to the former Reef Bay sugar mill/rum factory. Its one of the best preserved ruins in the VI since it was still producing into the 20th century.

In the 1860's it had converted over to steam power and chugged away until finally being abandoned after a hurricane in 1916.

Well, not completely abandoned.

So then we had to hike back up.

Two and a half miles and nearly 1000ft up.

The deer along the trail knew they were in no danger from the bedraggled hikers coming up from the bottom.



All this before lunch.
After, we hiked another couple of miles to swim out to and around Waterlemon Cay.


In an effort to pack lightly I didn't take my underwater camera housing- which I regretted as soon as I put my face in the water. There were hundreds of big red Cushion Stars all over a sandbar off the side of the key!


Here's a link to much more detailed info on the hike- including the fact that we could've hopped on a boat at the beach if we had waited for a guided tour.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Seaplane!



We finally got to fly in the seaplane!


video


It delivered us to St.Thomas


where we boarded a ferry



which took us to St John for a few days!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Best Day of Nick's Life



(at least within the top 10)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cody and Kayla







Thanks for the pics JeniLove!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sea Horse-y Day

These guys got into a fight (a very slow fight).


This guy got sent packing.


and found a nice new sponge of his own to hang out on.

This guy just sat back and watched.