For Christmas mom’s three boys decided that she’s due for a special treat, a Caribbean vacation! As my consulting contract just renewed I thought we can afford this. (Man, was I wrong……….!)
The duties to get this done were divided equally amongst us: I have to do the research, book and participate in the trip and Stephan and Andreas would make sure that all the dogs and the house survived when mom and I were gone.
After a lot of research we decided that St. John in the US Virgin Island was the place mom would enjoy the Caribbean the most. A large part of the Island is a National Park and compared to St. Thomas laid back, tranquil and of tremendous beauty. Also an Eco Resort, Maho Bay, was in the middle of the park. And on top of all that the Virgin Islands are still in the US, after our experience in Jamaica an important point.
To make it a little easier for me, Maho Bay is a tent cabin resort, (Maho Bay Camps) I decided that the second half of the week we would stay in a more upscale facility. (Caneel Bay Resort)
To make it a little more exciting for Sylvia on Christmas eve we only told here to be at the airport January 29, 8:25am with summer cloth and a new swimsuit and we gave her a book with travel reports of all the Caribbean islands
That Saturday Stephan drove us to the Airport and at the gate she finally knew: It was St. John…
But lets the pictures talk:
At the airport, it was early and still tired, but now I know where we go....
On the boat to St. John
I was there too
There we are, the harbour of St. John
Wild donkeys are spread through out the island
The Islanders have a good sense of humor, but of course follow the protocol
Roads are so steep that you need 4WD when it is wet
The view and dinner was good
The view from the porch in the jungle
I still fit in the bed, I'm so proud....
A crab in a snail shell on land? Weird creatures
Don't touch me, I snap
Early morning, quiet and beatiful
Maho Camp with the tent cabins
View from the sugar plantation
Volunteers cleaning vistas around the sugar plantation, Sylvia was there too....
Cane sugar mill, not the best part of the island's history, here the Danes were the exploiters
At least good bread was possible
Well this was quite different and even the BB was working again
This is a view too and nobody other than donkeys and deer walk in front of it
Dinner in Cruz Bay
The beach on the left side, nobody in sight........
and the beach on the right side and still (nearly) nobody in sight...
Pelikans are all over the place, good fishers....
We are missing the 3rd largest blizzard since recording in Chicago, we didn't miss it at all!!
If I would sit there a good setup for a Cialis ad!!
Only one is a cactus!
enjoying the quiet afternoon under the palm trees
Corrective diving goggles, a brand new underwater view....