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St John 2014

We started our trip on Jan 10 left home at 4pmand ate at Applebees in Chesterton. Stayed at Holliday Inn park and sleep $125. Up at 430 and left hotel at 6am for 0840 flight. Flight was late leaving needed to get two people to get off before we could leave. Landed at 420 caught the 6pm ferry. Taxi $30
Ferry $7 per person and $4 a bag. Courtsey was waiting for us and we got our jeep for $861 for 2 weeks. Stopped for few groceries and off to Coral Bay in Upper Carolina for our stay at Angels Roost. Always good to see Jane and Larry the owners. Dropped off things that needed to be refrigerated and to Aqua Bistro for Grouper sandwiches. I had lime & Coconut and Jim had pain killer.

Sun Jan 12th. Love waking up as the sun is starting to rise over Coral Bay and have coffee on deck as the island is coming alive. It was a sunny day and after breakfast we headed to Frances to spend the whole day. We went all the way to the right and was first to arrive. We set up camp and could feel ourselves starting to get in the island mode.

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Home to cook a whole turkey breast, sweet potatoes and salad to watch play offs.

Monday 13 Sunny day

Started morning at Haulover South water was churned up and not a good snorkel Spent the after noon at Dennis Bay still a favorite of mine.

We ate at Rhumlines had the drink special cilantro with mango and champagne
we both had Pad Thai and Keylime pie to share

Tuesday Jan 14 Cloudy

Went to little Lampshire and walked to Reef Bay it was a medium to hard hike. Took 1 hour 40 min to get there and a hour and 15 min back. Stayed on beach until 315 and ate at home.

Wed Jan 15 Sunny full moon

Walked to Waterlemon. Talked to Pia and Les on way in as they were walking their dogs. We sat up camp at beach snorkeled the bay and beach

We had not been to Sweet Plaintains for several years. Tonight was Curry Night. Call ahead to see what their special is. It is for sale so not sure how much longer will be here.I had a spicy Martini and Jim had a Guava Martini both good. Mine spicy his sweet. 90_IMG_1109.jpg

We shared a appetizer combo of tostains. Plantains and fries
I love the cozy room in back with window.

Saturday 18th Sunny

We left at 8 and stopped at baked in the sun for some treats of lemon bars, coconut bars and choc Carmel bars.Cheaper than Deli Grotto
We filled up with gas 4.62 a gallon. Still only one gas station on island. We headed to Caneel and parked and hiked to Salomon and arrived first ones there at 0939.

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I had Mango drink Jim had Iguana

Tonight we stopped at Oasis in Coral Bay we had read about this newer place and enjoyed our fish, coleslaw, mashed pot, rice and peas all for $18. We took it back to Angels Roost to eat, They also have a facebook page showing their menu.

Sunday Jan 19th Sunny

We met at Skinny legs for our kayak with friends of park. Barry was the scientist in charge of tour, We carpooled to Haulover South. There were 4 lady friends, one man, the scientist and Liz in charge of kayaks. We kayaked to Hurricane Hole and took them out at Princess bay. It was $75 a person and an informational and wonderful snorkel. I had tried to do mangrove snorkel a few years ago starting at Princess bay. It was not for me because you snorkeled in a few inches of water and the bottom was mucky. That freaked me out but this was a totally different experience.

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Supper was pork loin and potatoes in foil on grill

Monday January 20th my 57th birthday

Jim surprised me with a leopard silk nightgown what a treat.We ate breakfast and headed to one of my favorite snorkels at Waterlemon at the three mooring balls. This snorkel would end up being my all time favorite snorkel ever!! A octopus came out of den and swam with us for a half hour. What beautiful creatures they are, changing colors with the environment.

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ZoZo's had moved to Caneel. for 530 at the rail so could see sunset. Jim had Swordfish and I had veal scallopini. Jim had sunset drink, I had lava cake. it was 169 with tip. This was first time I did not like entree. I think we will try someplace different next year. The setting is beautiful.90_DDFF21ADE0C5BEC2944910192D41EEA0.jpgDE00AAAAD6BB420AB875C4ECACAD69E5.jpgDE01F2B2CA90E9B21B81D04326201B9B.jpg90_IMG_1180.jpg90_DE04553DEAD9A9DC9678B9AA0FF122F3.jpgDE059D6DF19682B83A40CE93DF9F6502.jpgIMG_1190.jpgDE07D64DC648A61C49CD271D0A7C67E8.jpgDSC_1416.jpgE3CBF7EE076C5229DAFFD497DAE70050.jpgE3CD948DAF3B282E136CFC9985527039.jpgE3CEF74FC7528B5B8F52F9678ACECA24.jpgDSC_1429.jpgE3D1B6F6F030DEC218330B6F4AB60BFA.jpgE3D34597E765CE9E441EED6AE56BF149.jpgE3D4A81798731CBE7503B5FB92AF1F39.jpg

Tuesday Jan 21. We did the Brown Bay Snorkel. Took us 35 min to get there and 35 to get back. Water was rough but clear visibility. We have snorkeled to far left the last couple years. Have snorkeled to far right fans and stronger current.


Pretty much a tradition to eat at Vies when out this way, She is closed on Sun & Mondays. I always get garlic chicken with johnny cake and Jim gets rice and beans. I like her homemade tea. We sat with a two couples who live on a boat in Coral bay for 4 months each year.

Vie charges 2 dollars a piece for people to use her beach I walked down to check it out. Several people like to snorkel here. It was my least favorite snorkel of trip.



Overlook towards Tortola


We drove to Privateer beach on far East End beautiful and tranquil but too rough to snorkel.


Wed 22 Sunny up and arrived at Caneel. Snorkeled to far right and saw the most fish we have ever seen on point. Got out and rested on Scott and then snorkeled far right. You have to be careful here because of strong current. I put my shoes on my vest so when we got done we could walk out instead of snorkeling clear around again. We each had a drink at bar Mango dream to validate parking ticket. We left to go vegetate on Gibney for the afternoon.


Thursday Jan 23rd We went to Haulover North a little rough so not as clear snorkeling as in the past.We ate lunch at Miss Lucy's and went back to Maho to far right. Tonight we ate in had steak, potatoes in foil and pasta. At home had bad snowstorm and there was a 15 car and 15 Semi pile up in Michigan City.


Friday Jan 24th our last day. It started out sunny and we went to Jumbie. Tried to snorkel here but was way to choppy. Headed to Jim's favorite beach Dennis. This would not be the last afternoon we would want we dogged rain for two hours then went back to Angels Roost to get ready for supper. We had reservations for 630 at Miss Lucy's. We chose to eat outside and enjoy the view. She brought out some candles for the no seeums. Jim had seafood patella and I had spinage salad, bread and cheese.



Saturday is return home day. We got up at 0600 left at 0900 to return jeep. Left suitcases with Curtesey and went shopping. Ate lunch at Ocean and got sandwiches for plane from Deli Grotto. Caught the 1300 ferry for 430 flight. Arrived 0930 got car and hoped we would make it home because roads were bad. We made it to one mile from our house and got stuck. Luckly Jim had packed a shovel and he tried to get us out. I could do nothing right in his eyes trying to rock the car. TENSION was tight! we made it back to his sisters and would be stuck there till a plow went through the next day at noon.


Posted by Cindygad 13:00 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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