Three glorious weeks
Jim retired on Wednesday this year after 39 and a half years at AEP working as an electrical engineer. We went to Chicago for Park, Sleep and Fly. We stayed at Best Western in Des Plaines. We went to a Guy Feri place of diners and drive in called paradise pup. It is a small place that serves the best burgers and fries and Malts yes I said Malt. you do not hear that much anymore.
Sat Jan 5th up early and left the hotel at 615. We went to United Club room to wait and have a light breakfast. We were to meet up at the airport with Michele and Doug friends we had met in 2009 on a cruise. This is before Michele was destined to be a travel agent. She is awesome and always goes above and beyond to provide the best service possible. Hopefully this trip she can get some much-needed downtime. We had a 0850 flight. It takes about 5 hours to get to St John.
First glimpse of land
I went to the bathroom to change clothes and our luggage came out. We were hoping to catch the 5 pm ferry. Michele had contacted Ali
one of the drivers she has used before to pick us up on a private van. We were excited and loaded up and were off. about 15 min into the ride my phone rings and says, Charlotte Amalie. I do not know anybody there but answered and he said he had one of our luggage back at the airport. I said nope we got them all. He said, lady, I am telling you I am calling you from the number on your bag. We looked in the back and sure enough, I had left one on the sidewalk. So much for catching the ferry, we had to turn around and go back to the airport to get it. We arrived at Redhook just as the ferry was pulling away. Oh, well we are on island time. Jim bought us Painkillers, Bushwackers, and Doug a beer. It helped to ease the pain. It tasted so good and before we knew it we were loading the ferry.
Courtesy met us at the dock and we were off to get our 4 door Jeep. We stopped at the dolphin market for necessities like rum beer, eggs, water, and bread. We called Stan owner of Lunazul and said we were on our way. It was dark and we were unsure which road. It had been three years since we had stayed there and everything looked different after hurricanes. Our phones would not work so we gave it a try on our own. thought we were on right rode then decided it was not. Jim backed out of this crazy driveway and we went back down. Finally got phone reception and got a hold of Stan and he met us and took us back up. We were on the right road after all. It felt so good to be returning to Lunazul. They had lost a couple windows and a door in Hurricanes. Everything looked great and some of the palms were growing back nicely. We put our food away and decided to eat in and made some sandwiches and turned in 1030 island time. So good to be back on the island.
Sunday, Jan 6th
Up at 530 made coffee and watched island start to come alive. My absolute favorite time of day. Doug made sausage and Michele made dipping eggs
We picked Frances as the first beach and sat up camp. First on the beach at 1000.
We came back and had drinks and appetizers. We had chicken kiev, rice, and salad. We listened to music and went to be about 0830.
Today is Doug's birthday. We had blueberry pancakes and sausage.
We went to Hawknest beach.
We listened to music and played dominos.
Had steak and egg scramble and muffins.
We went to Haulover South for the morning and a snorkel.
We stopped at Skinnys for some shopping and drinks. I had a Bushwacker and chips to snack on.
Stopped at Maho for a swim
We had supper from Carribean Oasis located down below lunazul. We all had pecan chicken that is to die for and sides of coleslaw, mashed potatoes.
Started off with some light sprinkles and end up with a beautiful day on trunk bay.
We stayed at the beach all day. We all four had been floating and talking in water. We all were leaving the water at the same time and boom we got hit With a big wave and all of us did a somersault in the water and came up laughing. We gave the whole beach their laugh of the day!
We had little hamburgers and smashed potatoes. Jim and I stayed up and watched Bird Box movie.
Today we took Doug and Michele to a new beach they had not been to. Little Lameshure. We were the only ones on the beach for a while. the road down is pretty challenging. They loved this remote beach and definitely get St John if they love it here. They snorkeled and then we headed to Miss Lucy for a late lunch.
To full for supper since we had late lunch. Just had cheese and crackers and sausage while played dominos.
Dennis Bay was our first stop of the day
We left for one last snorkel at Maho.
We stopped at Carribean Oasis to get some mashed potatoes to go with our turkey for supper and had a couple rounds of drinks at bar.
Had best Turkey dinner for last meal at Lunazul. Don't laugh but I brought a small turkey breast and we roasted it in the oven. It was so good.
day to leave Lunazul and transfer to Angelroost for two more weeks.
We went into town and it started raining. Went to Mongoose junction for a little shopping and stopped in at new tap room for a drink and some cheese curds.
We took Doug and Michele to catch 1 pm ferry, We enjoyed sharing the week with them. Loved that Michele was able to enjoy and savor the quietness and beauty of the island. She says in her words a place where her soul rests and her heart beats at a slower pace.
Until next year my friends
We went back to Angelroost and unpacked and talked to owners Larry and Jane Brown.
We took it easy and had little sausages and crescent rolls and watched the playoffs.
Woke up to a very sunny day and had blueberry pancakes. We left at 0930 and parked by road to enter long swim to pelican rock. Good snorkel and very calm
We went to Haulover South and did a snorkel clear around to lime cove.
for happy hour 5-6 half off pu pu menu and drinks. Drinks were good. Service has some bugs to work out. Took a long time to get drinks. Ordered food and ours came out and people next to us waited an hour and they had ordered before us. We all enjoyed talking to the people around us. One couple we had met at the beach she is also a nurse Chris and husband Tim from Massachusett they come every Jan. Another younger couple is down working on a house they bought. It used to be Leslie and Steve's rental before Hurricane. They hope to rent next year and come to visit when they can. They have 5 children. The bartender gave us all 6 a round of drinks because service was so slow. We enjoyed our evening in spite of the service.
To Hawknest and was beautiful there. We picked some shade and about an hour later a couple came and sat right in front of us. Not the view we wanted so we went to Dennis Bay and read. No snorkeling today
Today we had Lap of St John scheduled with Busy Bee. Went to the office across from Skinny's to meet and the other couple had canceled due to sickness. We offered to come another day and Bryan the owner said no today is a perfect weather day and we were off. His wife Marguerite are expecting a baby in June. She walked us to the pier so we could get on Busy Bee. First stop was Bee Hive. We had snorkeled here but not clear out to point. Enjoyed this snorkel a lot.
Second snorkel was ove by St James Christmas Cove we snorkeled around cay and then went for pizza at pizzia pi.
We had 1/2 Indiana sweet home and another half Dali Lane. So good Bryan called our order in and when we pulled up it was ready. How cool is that getting fresh pizza on the ocean!!!! Really good!
The third snorkel was Whistling Cay someplace I have always wanted to snorkel. Water was a little choppy
We went in Cruz Bay to get some gas
The 4th snorkel was round bay at the end of the long bay. Not too much to see except an Octopus
See St John 2019 Part 2