Friday, March 14, 2014

St. John, USVI

Several weeks ago we took a two week vacation from our vacation (doesn't that sound funny?!) with our dear buds from home (PA), Joe & Brenda.  We went to St. John, a US Virgin Island, and rented a house overlooking Fish Bay.  We had the most wonderful time!  Our days consisted of picking a beach to go to, going to the beach (sometimes with a short-medium hike to it), lounging on the beach, snorkeling, playing cards, happy hour, dinner, and relaxing or playing cards at the house.  It doesn't get much better than that!  Especially when it's spent with great friends!

We arrived a day before Joe & Brenda and were to meet them at the ferry dock on St. John.  However, we decided to surprise them and meet them at the ferry dock on St. Thomas instead (no planes fly to St. John so we flew into St. Thomas and took the ferry over).  If you can enlarge the picture you will see their mouths hanging open when they first spotted us holding up signs with their names on it and our signature greeting to each other, "Woo Hoo!"

Morning coffee & tea on our deck - overlooking Fish Bay

The beaches and blue blue water...

Fun times with special friends!

Mud Bath at Salt Pond

High point - We had to hike to the high point on St. John - Bordeaux Mountain - 1,286 feet!  Not much of a view but another one to add to our list.


Sailing - We took a day sailing trip on Wayward Sailor over to the British Virgin Island, Jost Van Dyke.  We stopped for a brief snorkel along the way then headed to the island for lunch at Foxy's. We had the pleasure of meeting Foxy on a little hike after lunch.  He was lounging in his hammock on his newly acquired property.  He shared such wonderful stories with us.  Thanks, Foxy!  Thanks, Captain Phil and Tarn.  We had a great day!

Tarn and Captain Phil

Foxy telling us stories


And last but not least, let me introduce you to our wonderful house hosts who live in the upper level of the house we rented.  John & Linda were the perfect hosts and really gave us a good feel for the island and insider tricks on where to go and when.  They own the Pink Papaya boutique in Cruz Bay as well as the Papaya Cafe.  John runs the cafe while Linda is at the shop.  Thanks again, John & Linda, for such a great vacation (and not to mention the fresh baked goods you spoiled us with, Linda)!  We hope to see you again soon!  If anyone is considering St. John I can give you their information.

Linda - at Pink Papaya

John - at Papaya Cafe
We miss you, Joe & Brenda!  Boo hoo...woo hoo!

Am I off the hook now, Vivian and Susan?  :-)

Til next time...Happy Trails!

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