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February 2015

Family Trip St John June 9th 2012

Showing our children Brandon, Staci daughter in law, Casandra and Keith our favorite place

It was very hard trying to get 4 busy people's schedules to mesh. My daughter in law Staci is a Spanish teacher so we chose the first week after school got out. We my husband and I met Keith my youngest and we drove to Valpo where my oldest son lives. We ate at a Mexican restaurant in Valpo and we all drove to Chicago. Brandon got us rooms at Hampton Inn with his points. We were up early and the hotel had early breakfast at 530 am We took 6 am shuttle to airport

This is our 5th trip to St John and only time we had such a fiasco. WE were at US Air and found out they had changed to United and we needed to be clear down the terminal. All 6 of us got in line and the lady said you need to be in International Line. What the #$#K? The International Line was snaking around and out the door. I was in tears. A man took pity on us and took us up to a lady at the desk and she helped us. She was very helpful and said she was sorry but no we did not need to be in that long line. Whew!!! first hurtle accomplished.Never knew this was going to be like a track meet having to get over obstacles along the way.

We had a connecting flight in Charlotte where my daughter Casandra from Indy was meeting us. We were pleased to see her and then we found out there were mechanical problems with our plane and would need to wait for replacements.Hurtle 2 after 4 hours of waiting we were on our way.

We landed at St Thomas at 0650 pm. We had Basil as our driver and collected our luggage and was out of airport 0710, We made the 0800 ferry and Lisa our Villa manager met us and took us to Cool Breeze to get our Safari truck we would have to go back when they open tomorrow to sign contract. Hurtle 3. We have wheels. the safari truck is pretty beat up but served our purpose.

Off to Villa Bijou hurtle #4, We had missed our dinner reservations but Lisa had plenty of food, lunch meat, wine, crackers, beer, pop, cheese, fruit plate and cookies to get us by. What had started out to be our worst beginning to trip just got better. We took a deep breath, felt the warm air, listened to island sounds and was just finally excited to be on the island.

We were in love with the Villa. It had 3 equal bedrooms with large inside garden showers. The one bedroom is down by pool so private for my son and his wife. All bedrooms air conditioned Large pool with gazebo out front. . Most of all a large open kitchen with view of water.My son Keith who can sleep anywhere opted out of sharing room with sister and chose couch overlooking water.


Up early 5 am the sun is up and is my favorite time. I made coffee and went out to watch the island waking up over Great Cruz Bay in Gazebo. We had bacon egg mac muffins, and fresh fruit and left about 0830.


We parked at Caneel and walked to Salomon Beach. The kids all snorkeled and we relaxed and then walked to honeymoon beach to eat our sandwiches. We snorkeled to right at Caneels main beach and then enjoyed our drink at bar.



Drunk Bay


Had crackers with cheese, mozzarella, prosciutto salmon and cream cheese. We had pork chops and pasta for supper and wine. Really enjoyed the evening at Villa.I never realized how much my kids got the love for reading from me until I see books in their hands in alot of the pictures.


Wednesday 13th.

We had sausage mac muffins and headed to Grootpan Bay it was rough today so only did short snorkel and went to Kiddel bay. Much calmer and Keith and I went pretty far to right


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Gibney would be the beach for afternoon and we stayed until 4pm.Love this picture of Staci


Tonight we had reservations for Lime Inn at 0730. Wed is all you can eat shrimp for 26$



We went to Trunk Bay all day until 3 pm read and relaxed


We had chicken laid out and had forgot to put in refrigerator so had to pitch and improvise what would be for supper.We started out with stuffed dates and then had roasted turkey and potatoes on the grill.


Friday Casandra made a eggs scramble with left over pork shop and sausage. Staci and Brandon cleaned up. I never minded cooking here the view was to die for. Staci who was 3 months pregnant and Brandon decided they would have another Villa Day. The rest of us headed to Haulover South We snorkeled to right and reef in the middle. Casandra read on beach and Keith and I snorkeled Haulover North.

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We ate at Skinney legs and went to Denis for afternoon


We had reservations at Fatty Crabs at 7 pm, It is like a tapas restaurant. We had crispy potatoes, sauteed vegetables
Fish fry sliders, crispy shrimp, watermelon pickle and crispy pork, pulled pork, coconut rice. No one was impressed with food.

Saturday last day

We went to Hawksnest Bay for morning. It always has sun early.


Afternoon at Denis


Tonight we decided to enjoy the pool and villa so we got carry out at Candies. We enjoyed the food but we had way too much and since it was our last day unable to eat leftovers. I would get food from there again but not on last night.


pool time


Sunday travel day

Uneventful ate at Ocean grill and took 1200 ferry

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October 19 Salerno, Sorrento, Amaifi Coast and Pompeii

Ported in Salerno and was met by RIL driver Geovanti .Our first stop was Sorrento, Then we would head down Amaifi Coast to picturesque town ofPositano. Eat at a local restaurant at top ,Then off to explore the ruins of Pompeii.




Come ashore to Positano and explore the narrow streets, trendy boutiques and local cafes. Walk down and dip your feet in the ocean.




I had fell in love with mountain top restaurant when preparing for this trip.Gatorgirls trip report had been my inspiration to finally
going to Mediterranean . I was so excited to finally be stopping at Restaurante Da Costantino on the coast of Amaifi We had pizza, Caprice salad, brochette, 7 cheese crape, spin age and cheese turnover


On the twisty Amaifi coast back to Pompeii our driver busted out in a Dean Martin song thats Amore which helped to break the tension of the close quarters of the road. Pompeii is the Roman City destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. Buried under ash and pumice the city is frozen in time, making it one of the world's most fascinating archaeological finds.






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St John 2012

21 days of paradise and introducing island to Shelia and Mike

Left for Chicago on Friday Jan 6th. Stayed at Rosemont Hyatt for 125 and did park and fly for 21 days. We went to McCormick to eat had crab tower for app excellent. I got chopped salad and Jim got 3 fish, fish cakes, shrimp and potato encrusted fish all were very good

Jan 7th. travel day up at 4 left at 6 for airport, left 0825 with direct flight and arrived at 310 island time.


I Went to the large bathroom to change where you load to leave. Much bigger than bathroom by luggage. Caught the 5pm ferry had the best bushwhacker there. Curtsey was waiting for us to get jeep. We stopped at Dolphin Market to get a few groceries and went to Coral Bay side to Upper Caroline to Angels Roost for 2 weeks of our 21 day stay.

We ate at Aqua Bistro for our Crunchy grouper sandwich and lime in coconut and BBC just as good as we remembered.

Sunday Jan 8th Sunny,

Up early had coffee and egg muffins and fruit. We left at 0900 and went to Hawksnest beach and spent the whole day there till 330. Beautiful day we snorkeled and just unwound. Went back and grilled a turkey breast on grill and had pasta salad with cucumber and green onions. Today's supper would become many lunches this week. Watched the playoffs.

Monday Jan 9th we were charged up and did a lot today. We went to Lameshur and did the Yawzi point hike and snorkel. It was a easy entry and saw lots of rock formations.




We hiked to Europa bay for the first time, It was too rough to snorkel so we just relaxed on the rocks.


We went to Franks bay to watch the sunset


We ate at Gastro pub in the Marketplace. Jim had meatloaf wellington and I had red snapper blt. We were sad to hear that the pub closed a week laterbecause we both enjoyed our food.

Tuesday 10th sunny morning cloudy afternoon.

We hiked into Leinster Bay and snorkeled Waterlemon cay. lots of black urchins so hard to get into the water before black rock. Great snorkel with a little bit of current since full moon was yesterday. Saw turtles,rays, starfish and shark in grassy area of bay.


We left and spent rest of day at Gibney, We got some groceries and had burgers and pasta salad.

Wed Jan 11th sunny

We tried to snorkel Haulover North but it was too rough, We did Haulover South to the right and had a good snorkel. We parked and snorkeled Pelican Rock.


We saw spotted ray with long tail. We parked at end of road and walked in between fences.

We went to eat at Vies I had garlic chicken and johnny cakes and slaw Jim had rice and beans

We had reservations at Lime in for 600. We arrived early and hit happy hour 2 for one drinks, We had mohitos Jim had all you can eat shrimp for 25$ and I had a pound and half lobster for 37$ served with rice and asparagus . Meal was very good and we walked around cruz bay when we were done.

Thursday Jan 12th. Sunny

Morning started at Caneel and we wanted to hike Turtle bay trail. We were told at desk that the only people that could hike were people staying at Caneel. We asked to see security and they told us we could not hike trail. We walked over to Salomon. Jim took a spill on trail and I hollered out I need you. I just could see our trip disintegrating right before my eyes. Thank goodness Jim just ended up with some minor scrapes and cuts.

We snorkel Caneel beach clear around to Scott


We stopped at Fish Trap and we got Maui Maui for 21$ I cooked it with lemon, onions, peppers, salt and pepper in foil packet on grill 10 minutes each side It was delicious

Friday 13th

We went to Francis. My stomach did not feel good felt like had a rock in it so just read on shore.. We snorkeled to right out by rocks and saw a huge spotted ray. We thought maybe it was a Manta ray because it was so huge but we were wrong we would see the Mantra ray later in the trip and would be no mistake once you see the beautiful creature.It rained for 10 min and we just stayed in the water.


Left to go to Denis Bay to eat lunch and spend the afternoon there.


We got gas for 421 a gallon still just one gas station on the island. We went to baked in sun for coconut macaroon and raspberry
bar, We had reservations for 6 pm at Aqua Bistro for ponzu tuna.It is big enough I got the appetizer portion for 20$ comes with sesame noodles and sea food salad. Jim had wahoo with jerk rub and mango salad that he said was wonderful.

Sat 14th I woke up and stomach felt worse.We went to Gibney and we stayed there all day. It was so quiet and just what I needed to feel better. I was able to get shade all day,We ate in and had homemade meatballs I had brought from home and baked potato.

Sunday Jan 15th Sunny

Woke up feeling much better. Had eggs and toast. We hiked to Brown Bay and surf was up. We hiked to the right but current was too strong to go out a far as we usually do. Snorkeled the grassy area and saw lots of conch and large crabs up at shoreline.We hiked out at 1130.


We hiked out at 1130 and went to Salt Pond. We ate lunch, snorkeled and stayed till 3. On way home stopped for drink at Aqua Bistro I love the bar and had great drinks. Listened to Lauren playing guitar and singing.


We made pizza with dough from Jack and Sams deli. We watched the Packers season end record was 15-2.

Monday Jan 16th. Sunny

Waterlemon and a favorite snorkel at mooring balls. Very calm saw lots of star fish


Jim wanted to snorkel the mangroves. He loved it I hated it. It was too shallow, I jumped on his back.I could not stand it and he carried me back to shore.


We went to Pelican beach to read. We took a drive up Dreekets drive to new house Andare gorgeous views!
Had sausage and potatoes on grill.

Tuesday Jan 17th cloudy and windy

Up early to walk trunk beach. got there at 0820 and walked the beach 1/4 mile from one side to the other. Walked the beach for 2 miles and stayed untill 1130. We went into Cruz bay and ate at Oceqn grill. Had pain killer and we split the fish tacos. We went to Gibney and the surf was up. One couple came and the old guy went swimming nude. We danced on the beach.


We had reservations for IMG_0859.jpgIMG_0862.jpgIMG_0863.jpg270_IMG_0864.jpgat 630 . Jim had reset the microwave clock wrong and we were late.I had a painkiller and Jim had a BCC. He always gets fish and chips and I had blackened steak salad with blue cheese. They had a guy playing the guitar.

Wed Jan 18th. rain after 2 pm

Woke up and a heavy fog had rolled in early morning. Felt almost magical as the fog dissipated and the island arose.


Went to Cinnamon Bay but surf was up to much to rent canoes. Picked up hitchhikers and dropped them off. Drove over to Westin to walk Choc
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Thursday Jan 19th

Up and decided to go to Lameshur and did the rock scramble.Nice snorkel with entry clear to left. Went back and had lunch on beach


We would all stay at Larry and Janes for two nights before moving to larger villa.Shelia and Mike had sleeper sofa.


Jim picked some mangoes from their tree.

Friday Jan 20th 55th birthday

We parked at Caneel and walked through Honeymoon


We hiked trail to Solomon beach and were the first to arrive there . My sister has always took beautiful pictures and we had fun posing on this beautiful isolated beach until others arrived.


Parking at Caneel costs 20$ It is always refreshing stopping at bar so we can validate ticket on way out.so teally parking cost you drinks or gillato.

We went to ZOZO's and had seats at bar for sunset


red snapper

Cindy had Lobster

Shelia had Maui Maui

Mike had Osco Bucca

Saturday Jan 21

We got up and cleaned and went to Donkey Diner for breakfast.

We dropped our stuff off at fun and Contentment our home for the next week and drove over to Salt Pond

Snorkel at Salt Pond

On way back stopped at Tourist trap enjoyed the view and drinks.

We went back to Fun and Contentment to unpack and unwind and enjoy the view.


Shelia made a picture of Painkillers
1 can Coco Lopez
1 1/2 cups dark rum
1 1/2 cps OJ
1 can pinapple juice
fresh nutmeg

Sunday 22 nice till 3 pm then rain

Mike made eggs, pot and sausage. Had breakfast outside after watched sunrise. Left at 0915 and went to Waterlemon,





Snorkeling Leinster bay grassy area always see turtles

We went to Gibney to relax and spend the afternoon. It clouded up about 4 and we decided to try out the tap room in Mongoose. Had a nice dinner back at Villa of salmon and rice.

Up early had bacon and egg toast and papaya Jim had picked. Left and arrived at Trunk by 0820. I love to walk the beach. It was sunny and we stay until 1130. We went to Frances and the Manta Ray came out to play. What a beautiful creature. It swam right under my feet. The video is not to clear but just had to include,


Went to Skineys for burgers and drinks

Tuesday Jan th

Went to Haulover South very clear water snorkeled to right


Ate at Vie's went to Pelican Beach to snorkel.



Stopped for cocktail at Aqua Bistro, Went back to Fun and Contentment. Had rainbow in morning and rainbow at night. Had shrimp and drinks. For supper had pork chops and potatoes on grill


Up and had sausage MC muffins and fresh fruit. Loved having breakfast out on deck, Went to waterlemon bay and did the snorkel b y the three mooring balls.



We went to Deli Grotto to get sandwiches and went to Denis Bay for afternoon till we got rained out at 330


We went back to villa and had appetizers and some hot tub time



Jim took Shelia and Mike to Cruz bay to catch the Bad Kitty a all day excursion, We headed to Groupon Bay

The morning started off sunny then while we were snorkeling it rained for about 10 minutes. what an experience loved feeling the raindops hit around me.

We stopped at Miss Lucy's and had banna drink and Jim had peppermint drink. We shared the grouper reuben and homemade french fries. 'we came back and enjoyed the hot tub in the afternoon. It is sunny at villa until 5pm. We went to pick Shelia and Mike up from excursion in Cruz Bay. They had a good time. We went to Frank Bay for sunset and back to villa for steak, shrimp and baked potatoes.

Friday was our last day and we let the newbies pick their favorite places to go back to. Mike picked Haulover South to snorkel. When we got out we talked to a 87 year old man who had came to paint a bench he dedicated to his wife who had passed. He owned Calypso by the sea.

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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.


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St John 2015

Best snorkeling conditions EVER

This would be our 8th trip to St John. Would we grow tired of our favorite place? The answer would be a resounding no, This would be our best trip yet. I never get tired of all the shades of blue green water. My heart still beats faster as I get a view of the beaches and water of the North Shore .My addiction still remains.


Our trip started off rough. You know when you want to get out of Dodge and the weather is trying to keep you from going. Our road had been drifted shut on Thursday night with neighbors getting stuck before getting home for the night. On Friday after the plow went through Jim headed to work to wrap up everything so we could be on our way. We started out and our road was drifting again. The local highway was a mess and visibility was bad. They were diverting semi trucks from the interstate do to accidents closing down roads. We were 45 min out when I asked Jim if he had socks to wear with his sandals? He got this sick look on his face. He had forgotten is clothes, Zip off pants and shirt to wear to St John hanging up in our laundry room. The only warm things he had. We tuned around and braved the bad roads again to get his clothes. A hour and half later we were back on track. We stopped over in Valpo to see our grandsons before leaving. They hardly had any snow there. The lake effect snow is so crazy. We had a nice visit and were on our way to spend night in Chicago,

We stopped and ate at Applebees and made it to Park Sleep and Fly hotel in Chicago. When checking in they could not find our parking reservation. We had stayed here the last 3 years. We got a manager and finally they found the transaction. Note to self print copy when making reservations . Jim was asleep as soon as head hit the pillow. We were up and caught the 0600 shuttle to airport.

Jan 10th travel day
We caught the 0600 shuttle to airport. We got lucky and both got pre checked so through lines in no time. So good not to take shoes off, computer out and remove liquids and all. We went to Chilli's for breakfast. We fly direct on United and have their credit card with few perks, free checked luggage and we had a free pass for private lounge.We did not eat there but enjoyed the cappuccino, paper and free wi fi,,Flight was uneventful.

Love when first get off plane and warm breeze hits your face. Aww we are here. Slow down, enjoy. First stop shot of free Cruzan RumIMG_0319.jpgIMG_0318.jpg90_IMG_0322.jpg

We got our jeep from Curtsey got a new blue two door with 1200 miles. Stopped at Dolphin Market for few groceries and was home at Angels Roost.IMG_0613.jpg90_IMG_0408.jpgIMG_0619.jpg Supper was at Aqua Bistro for our usual first meal of trip crunchy grouper sandwich.

Sunday Jan 11th

We are early risers and usually eat in for breakfast. We had eggs, toast and bacon, We normally leave around 0830 for the beach. First beach Frances for the day. Love, love, love getting to the beach when it is deserted. This year we found more early risers. We picked out our space and began to decompress


We snorkeled to the right but it was not a good snorkel very murky and poor visibility. We left the beach at 2pm to watch Packers in playoffs. I had a turkey breast I thought I had brought from home. When I started to make supper saw Jim had grabbed a whole chicken instead. No problem I put olive oil and salt and pepper and Jim grilled it along with potatoes in foil. It turned out delicious.Packers beat Dallas.

Monday Jan 12

We went to a beach we have not been to for a while. Jumbie. Had a couple pop up showers that lasted only a few minutes. Had the beach to ourselves for 2 hours. Read and enjoyed the crashing waves.During a potty break found this beautiful huge blue crab.




When people started to arrive at beach around 11 we decided to stop off at Gibney.


Tonight we thought we would try out the new restaurant Indigo Grill but it was closed till it had some inspections. We went to Shipwreck
IMG_0368.jpg, it was about 0630 so we did not have reservations. There were about 5 tables already seated. It cracks me up when hostess says oh you don't have reservations--------let me see what we can do. She goes and talks to someone and seats us on left side where you get seated if you don't have reservations, We laughed with a couple other groups who did not have reservations went through same process got seated on each side of us. Met a great couple from Minnesota who we would run across later on week. I am such a talker and take pity on anyone who gets seated by me. I pretty much can strike up a conversation with anyone.
My husband had fish and chips and I had a salad and mussels and order of bread. It was my least favorite meal of trip. My husband said his was ok

Tuesday Jan 13th

Kiddle was our destination for the morning with the first good snorkel of trip. Finally water was clear and calm. Able to snorkel quite a way to right. Saw octopus but he hid right away. Met a couple from Michigan who do a lot of hiking. We would see them a few more times on trip and take their suggestions to try Elk bay and snorkel Waterlemon to right out around point. I thing it is invaluable the information you learn from seasoned travelers.


Arrived a little later than we wanted at 1215 and there were about 5 table 's seated already .We ordered and was pleasantly surprised to be out of there in under a hour. The view is to die for put you must be willing to wait. it usually takes about 10 min per table before your food comes out. This is one of our favorites and in my opinion worth the wait. We split the grouper Ruben and ordered an extra order of homemade fries served with remoulade sauce.


Maho was our beach for afternoon


Wed Jan 14th

Haulover North There was hardly any breeze and it looked calm enough to get in although there was a large amount of sargassum on the shore



I always enjoy Haulover South It is always calm here


Took a drive up Dreekets Bay I love the view from up there


Driving back to Coral Bay we came across the newest donkey I think someone said they were calling Pumpkin


Tonight we went to Lime Inn for all you can eat shrimp and I had grilled lobster! Rick the owner always remembers repeat customers and makes sure you are happy.

Thursday 15th.

Today Dorothy a friend we had met 8 years ago when we did a Princess Tahiti Cruise was coming to see us from St Thomas. She lives in Mississauga Canada, She is our same age. We have not seen her for two years.She is one of those people who is easy to get along and enjoys snorkeling and the water,;She was on a cruise for two weeks and was porting in St Thomas. The ship got in late so she came on the1000 ferry. We got some sandwiches at Sam and Jacks and went to Frank Bay. Met a lady who was picking up sea glass. She was kind enough to take our picture.


We picked her up about 1030 and decided to show her Caneel and Honeymoon beach. We parked and walked to Honeymoon.Caught up with each other and Dorthy and I snorkeled to the left. I was surprised that the coral was in pretty good shape here. It drives me CRAZY with all the excursion
snorkelers who do not respect the coral and stand on it. We relaxed and went to Caneels main beach and snorkeled to the right around the point. We only got one picture but sure enjoyed her visit. She bought us a drink at the bar and we validated our parking ticket. She bought us a bottle of ice wine to enjoy later. I had worried about forecast because it projected 40% rain. I am glad that the weather forecasters are as accurate as ours are at home. It was a sunny day with no rain in sight.

Friday Jan 16th

Hiked to Brown Bay lots of Sargassum along shore. It was calm and clear once we got out to left towards point.


We went back to Maho for afternoonand finished up chicken salad on sandwich

We had reservations at 6 pm for Virgin Fire. We were most excited because Inner visons are playing on Fridays. It would be our first time hearing them. We got a seat at the rail on the balcony. I had french fry appetizer and taco appetizer for entree. Jim had jambalaya.
We enjoyed our evening.

Saturday is turn around day for a lot of vacationers. As we had been by Salt Pond earlier in week we noticed how busy the parking lot had been. Jim hoped maybe it would be less busy on turnaround day. Good choice lot less people today. The weather was Sunny, hot with no breeze.We arrived at 0900 and picked out our spot. The water was up and less beach than normal. We started the hike to Rams head. Most of the time once you reach the top you need to hold on to your hat. Not today No breeze we still spent about a 1/2 hour at the top soaking in the 360 degree view. Met some great people and took pictures of each other. One couple from NY was visiting with their parents. In conversation shared our love for Coral Bay and the villa they had rented before Lunazul. We would later book Lunazul for our second week next Jan.I took a small tumble coming down and was lucky just to have cuts and not a sprained ankle,


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Very calm snorkel to left got clear around towards Blue Cobblestone


We stopped at tourist trap and had Boom Booms's So good on a hot day. Talked to table next to us who happened to be Jane and Larry's neighbor in upper Carolina. Her husband is author of October Sky and many other books.

Tonight we finally got to try Indigo Grill where Donkey Diner used to be. We met the co owner Allison who co owns with owners from Rumblines in Cruz Bay. What a transformation of the old Donkey Diner. Bar outside continues inside. Seating out or in. We chose outside and really enjoyed this place. Nice menu had sandwiches or nice dinner choices. Our waitress Cassie was the best server we had all vacation. I had Margaretta pizza and my husband had gourmet hamb on tater tots. Devilish!!


Sunday October 18th

Started in Haulover South and hiked rugged trail to right to Elks bay. What a surprise much bigger bay than we expected. Snorkeled to left and Jim found a pretty shell that had just died. Wow is it hard to get that smell out! This bay is really isolated and we saw no one the few hours we were there. I would like to come back and see if can find trail that gets you over to mangroves.


I wanted to snorkel Haulover North to the east towards point. We drove up Dreekets road and parked, There is a rough drive that goes down to beach. This would end up being my yuckiest snorkel ever do to the conditions. The Sargassum was built up on shore and as we stepped in sand by water, millions of bugs seemed to be hatching where we had stepped. The water was brown and snorkel did not get good until we got clear out by point. No pictures we could not wait to get out of water and get back to shower.

We are huge Packer fans and was excited to see Packers and Sea hawks in NFC championship. We were ahead by 12 with 5 min to go. They ended up tying the game and we lost in overtime. We were very sad but Hey we are in paradise we can not let a game get us down. Had pork loin on grill, corn and pasta.

Monday Jan 19th.

We got to trunk bay at 0800. It is suppose to open at 0730 but no one was there when we arrived and we were able to just walk in. We walked the beach for a mile and read for a while. The tide was up so less beach but still beautiful.


Left when Trunk started getting busy at 1000 and went to Dennis Bay


Rhumb lines for supper. Always a favorite. Had champagne mango mojitos.We had spring rolls and vegetable samosa.Pad Thai for both of us I have them lower the spice down for mine .Only able to eat few bites and I bloated up. It was so good but had to get to go for another meal later in the week.

Tuesday Jan 20th

58th birthday what a lucky girl to get to spend it here on the island I am truly blessed. We got to Leinster Bay around 0900. Walked down to bay and set up camp. Tide again was up and very little beach. We went back to three mooring balls and enjoyed the snorkel. Saw a huge ray. We went back to bay and read and had lunch. Instead of snorkeling the cay we took the advice of some people we had met and snorkeled to the far right out to the point. The water was very calm and very little current. This was a very interesting snorkel and really enjoyed it, even better than cay IMHO.

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For Birthday supper had reservations at Asolare table at the rail for sunset
James was our waiter the only disappointment was our drinks. I had a lemongrass drink and Jim had a cosmo We should of sent them back but I am not a complainer.The food was good, I had Thai ribs with goat cheese polenta. Jim had very good sweet and sour chicken. We both shared almond cream brulee.



Wed Jan 21

We went to Great Lameshur and snorkeled all the way to Cabritte Horn Point. Saw turtles, stingrays, squid and a mean looking barracuda. The rock formations were amazing. Snorkeled for about 2 1/2 hours when we got done my legs were like jelly.


Miss Lucy 's for lunch The pet goat Molinda got loose and came to visit Jim


Gibney was the beach for afternoon. James our waiter showed up with friends and was kind enough to ask how my birthday turned out.


Thursday Jan 22

We got to Caneel at 0900. Left our chairs and cooler on Honeymoon beach. Hiked to Salomon, There was a photo shoot of mermaid being done by Steve Simonsen. I have always admired this local photographer and enjoyed watching him work. I talked to his wife for a while. She said they met 30 years ago on St Thomas. I asked the mermaid if she minded if I took her photograph. Here are my amateur photos with i phone.


We went to Honeymoon to eat our lunch and only stayed a hour beach was CRAZY busy.


Snorkel at Caneel beach to Scott Bay


Jackie our favorite bartender was serving up our favorite drinks


Friday Jan 23

We stopped at Maho just for some photo's with the beach empty


Hawksnest beach always get early sun and the parking lot was empty so we stopped. So I am not anti social but how do you feel when have whole empty beach and someone sets up camp 2 feet from you???? We get there early to enjoy peace and quite. I guess we had picked the best spot because after 2 hours of quiet bliss 2 caffeine charged women broke our trance. Time to move on!!




Last day favorite beach here we come


Just as the name imply' s peace is what I feel here. Normally we do not snorkel on our last day but it was so calm we just had to get in the water


Last night we have reservations at Aqua Bistro if you are coming here on Friday night you have to have reservations or you will wait a long time.

Saturday Jan 24th

All good things do come to and end. But I was not sad we had the best weather and snorkeling conditions EVER for us.We had great sunrise this morning. Ate at High Tide and caught 1 pm ferry. Excited to stay at New place second week next year Lunazul.


Ferry Dock


Until next year and have view from Angels Roost our home away from home and Lunazul for second week


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