Saturday's first 24 inches... Another 18 to follow soon.
On Thursday, Philly's still digging out after 40+ inches in a week... No flights today.
Friday: a snow day, as Thursday's flight was canceled. Quinn builds an igloo in our back yard instead.
Saturday afternoon, finally on St. Thomas: Getting our bearings from Alex's balcony
The view from Alex's apartment balcony on St. John
Alex and Quinn in St. Thomas
Ahead of us in traffic on St. Thomas - Cruzan still ships its rum in barrels?
Just off the ferry on Water Island, you will find the community center/library/post office/ferry terminal :)
A property marker on Water Island
I-95 on Water Island?
Druif Bay and Honeymoon Beach, Water Island
Honeymoon Beach, Water Island
Cruz Bay, St. John
A hike on St. Thomas
Coki Beach, St. Thomas snorkeling
Coki Beach, St. Thomas snorkeling - Sea urchin
Coki Beach, St. Thomas snorkeling with Alex
Coki Beach, St. Thomas snorkeling - feeding the fish milkbones
Coki Beach, St. Thomas - a "four-eyed fish" with a distinctive marking by its tail
Coki Beach, St. Thomas - a very well-camouflaged flounder blends in with the top right of the rock
Coki Bay, St. Thomas - blue tang
Drinks at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas
Fungi -- a cornmeal and okra mash -- and plaintains at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas
"The Roots" at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas -- drink quick or it will burn through the cup
Drinking "The Roots" at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas
Resident iguana at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas
"The Roots" bottle at Fungi's on the Beach, St. Thomas
Car Ferry to St. John
Car ferry from St. Thomas to St. John
St. John - Trunk Bay
"Ugly fruit" at Cinnamon Bay, St. John
Cinnamon Bay, St. John
First turn to our campsite at Cinnamon Bay, St. John
Second turn to our campsite at Cinnamon Bay, St. John
Our campsite at Cinnamon Bay, St. John
Leinster Bay, St. John - Annaberg Sugar Mill
Leinster Bay, St. John
Leinster Bay, St. John - Overlooking Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Leinster Bay, St. John - Overlooking Little Thatch Island and Tortola, BVI
A juvenile hawk on the Annaberg Sugar Mill, St. John
Annaberg Sugar Mill, St. John - All the gunk left over from the sugarcane presses (some sugar cane is lying on the rock above the sign) was steamed and that steam distilled into rum. Annaberg is a well-preserved ruin, maintained by the US National Park Service. They had great signage providing context and history, kept a marked garden of plants you'll find on the island, had guides giving tours and samples of coconut bread, raw sugar cane and tamarind juice. More than half of St. John is preserved as a US national park, and what a difference it makes! I will forevermore support the US National Park Service.
Making charcoal at the Anaberg Sugar Mill, St. John. We recognized this from the demonstrations at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pa.
Ruins of slave huts at Annaberg Sugar Mill, St. John
Banana trees are not subtle about pollination...
St. John - Miss Lucy's has the best West Indies food we tried
View of Coral Bay from our lunch table at Miss Lucy's, on the east side of St. John
St. John - Miss Lucy's for lunch
Head of the Reef Bay Trail, St. John
Reef Bay Trail, St. John
Reef Bay Trail, St. John - Termites in a tree
Reef Bay Trail, St. John - Petroglyphs carved into the rock
Reef Bay Trail, St. John - a mongoose in the forest
The hermit crabs get big on the islands... And can book when they want to.
Reef Bay Trail, St. John - Sugar mill ruins
Sugar Mill ruins on the Reef Bay Trail, St. John - This is where they would boil down the sugar in large copper bowls
At the end of the Reef By Trail, St. John - Genti Bay
Kite flying at Genti Bay, St. John following the rough Reef Bay Trail hike -- with the worst of the trail yet to come (the return is mostly uphill from the beach)
Chickens walk around everywhere on St. John
A chicken on St. John
Cruz Bay from our dinner table at High Tide Restaurant, St. John
Cruz Bay from our dinner table at High Tide Restaurant, St. John (and a delicious Lime in the Coconut)
Donkeys along the road on St. John
Back on St. Thomas - Alex loves when Quinn wears all the little trinkets that Duffy's Love Shack sticks in and around the drinks
Mmmmm... Lime in de Coconut at Duffy's Love Shack, Red Hook, St. Thomas
Last morning in the islands... Yahts in Crown Bay, St. Thomas, seen from our breakfast at Tickles dockside restaurant (this is also where we caught the ferry to Water Island)
One week later... and the igloo is still standing!