The plan is to head over to Lattitude 18 tonight for the New Years Eve
celebration. The weather is still really crappy, windy, rainy, over
cast...which is not great for Lattitude 18, since it's basically
outside. So hopefully it clears up some by tonight or we may have to
go with plan B.
Today is our 11 year anniversary so we have a couple of things to
Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
The plan is to head over to Lattitude 18 tonight for the New Years Eve
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Well Bill and Carol are in visiting. This should be a post about us
boating and snorkling, and drinking beer. Well the weather isn't
playing nice. So we are hanging out at The Honor Bar at Island Island
View Guest House were they are staying.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas!! Getting some lunch at Island Beachcomber before
heading over to the airport. Kinda overcast and muggy today but still
When I checked in for my flight there was a warning about the
Charlotte airport and possible delays due to bad weather on the east
coast. I hope it goes ok and I'm not too late. Looking forward to the
Christmas goodies waiting on me!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
things we've experienced while living here.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The one thing that winter solstice means to me, is that while I'm enjoying the sunshine, my friends and family back in the states are enjoying the snow! :-)
So far I've had the pleasure of cleaning house, doing laundry, grocery shopping, and now cleaning windows. I love having all the windows to enjoy the beautiful view and light Caribbean breezes, but cleaning them sucks big time. Especially when you don't have access to a water hose. But buckets of water and sham wow did the job.
Tomorrow will hopefully be a little more fun. I need to finish up some Christmas shopping and pack for my weekend trip back to the states to visit family. Thankfully I'm just going to Charlotte so it's an easy
flight and no snow! :-)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here are some shots I took with my new Canon D10 of a spotted eagle ray at Christmas Cove on Great St. James while I was snorkeling yesterday. It was sooo awesome watching it swim. It circled around several times which is unusal.
Here is a video I took thats on YouTube.
Here are the same pics after being adjusted in a photo editing software. What a difference! We used to have Photo Shop on the laptop that crashed but haven't installed one since getting the new laptop last year. I obviously need to make that a priority.
Yea! It's Friday! It's been a great week, lots of fun. Last day of work today, then we go on a two week break. WooHoo!
We went sailing yesterday with New Horizons. They did a great job. Drinks and food were flowing, friendly staff, decent snorkel gear and instruction for the newbies. We made two stops, Honeymoon on St. John and Christmas Cove on Great St. James. Christmas Cove was by far the better snorkel stop.
I took lots of pics with my new camera and shot some great video of a southern sting ray and a spotted eagle ray that I saw in Christmas Cove. I will posting a bunch of the pics in a litte bit.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We had a great time bowling, sooo funny. I got high score for the day with a 130! lol
Here is our group shot
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
So since the weather didn't cooperate with our original plans for Deb's birthday weekend we have made the best of it. Going out today on the boat in protected waters around St Thomas with some friends then heading over to Water Island to see Eric Stone play at Joe's Beach Bar from 4 to 7 with a pot luck dinner as well. So don't feel to bad for Deb she is still having a good birthday weekend.
Happy Birthday Deb
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The weekend on Jost for my birthday just did not work out due to winds
and high seas. But thats ok. We spent the afternoon at Honeymoon beach
and it was calm as can be. So the plan for tomorrow is Honeymoon
again. Eric Stone is playing at 4pm at Joes Beach Bar and they are
having their Sunday night pot luck. Take the Water Island ferry that
leaves from Tickles in Crown Bay and come on over.
.SUNDAY...EAST WINDS 17 TO 22 KNOTS. SEAS 8 TO 9 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 19 TO 24 KNOTS. SEAS 7 TO 9 FEET IN NORTH SWELLS. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
So we are at the house trying to decide what plan B is.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Miracle on Main Street, a downtown celebration. On Friday, Dec. 18, there will be a lighted boat parade on the waterfront at 6:30 p.m., and a holiday mini-parade from Market Square to Emancipation Park, at 8:30 p.m. Santa will be at Emancipation Park!
Read the rest of the story.
Here is another article about Miracle on Main Street in the St. Thomas Source.
Several of our friends thought that the event was being held this Friday (11th) but todays article set the record straight. Last year we rode on a friends boat for the lighted boat parade. It was a lot of fun seeing all the activity on waterfront and hearing all the music. But, I think this year I want to actually walk downtown and see it in person. All the stores stay open late, vendors are set up with their goods, music, food, etc. Plus that night kicks off my holiday break at UVI. We're off from Dec 19th until Jan 3rd. :-)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Well, all the attention and the hype culminates today with the arrival of the Oasis of the Seas. It's docked and passengers soon come. They started rerouting traffic in the Sub Base area yesterday for a trial run. It was crazy. It's one way out of Crown Bay to handle all the taxis that will be coming through there. So to get into Crown Bay you have to take airport road to WAPA and come in the back way. I'm just going to avoid it all and stay in for lunch and go straight to Frenchtown after work. :-)
BTW - this pic courtesy of Dave. Thanks.
Here is a video on YouTube of the ship approaching St. Thomas.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Picked up some friends at the STJ ferry to take them to the airport.
But gave them the scenic view of STT along the way. Hit Hook Line
Sinker for lunch and then Island Beachcomer for a pre flight cocktail
and one last look at the beautiful Caribbean water. They hadn't spent
much time on STT, always stay on STJ. So it was fun showing them
around my little island.
Safe travels Gary and Brenda. See you next year! :-)
Friday, December 4, 2009
Our past experiences with live bands at the Caribbean Saloon have been fun, but we hate the fact that they start soooo late! They advertise a starting time of 10:00 pm but it's usually more like 11:30pm. The last time we were there, we really enjoyed the band but couldn't believe how late it was when they finally started. So, I did a blog post about it and someone from the band immediately responded to my post. I couldn't believe they had read my post and was surprised at the response. They said they were there on time ready to start, but it was the management of the club that held them up from starting. They said management likes to start late to get more people in the door and sell more drinks before the entertainment starts. That's just crazy. If you advertise a starting time, then patrons expect you to keep your word. Oh, well. I guess we're just old and can't stay out that late!! Well, at least Jay can't. :-)
But tonight, it doesn't matter what time the band starts because it's all about Silvia!! Congratulations girl, you deserve it!!!
Update - we had a great time! The band "Once" was awesome. Even though it was a little hard for my ususal taste in music, they were still very good. We all dressed up in scrubs to help make Silvia feel like a Dr. lol
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here's the article in St. Thomas Source.
Monday, November 30, 2009
We had a great time on Jost Van Dyke at the Soggy Dollar Bar yesterday. We picked up Brenda and Gary at the ferry dock and headed over to Sandy Cay for a swim. We ran into Captain John Brandi with Palm Tree Charters. His group was celebrating a birthday so they were having a great time.
Then we headed back over to Jost to partake of a few painkillers and lunch. The weather was perfect, the food and drinks were great and so was the company. Thanks Brenda and Gary. (BTW thats Brenda and I sitting at the table in the lower left hand corner of the pic above.)
But then it was time to head home. Customs was crazy since we got there the same time as several day boats and a ferry. We didn't have any of our paperwork filled out so that was even funner. One of the customs officers helped us fill out our local boaters app so that should make it easier the next time we head to the BVI. We had a great weekend and can't wait to do it again. My birthday is coming up soon so that sounds like a good reason for a weekend boat trip. We have some more forum friends coming in that same weekend for a sailing trip so keep your fingers crossed that Jay can get another weekend off. :-)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
After staying our first night on the boat, we realize we'll have to add a couple things to the list. Top two items, more foam and a fan. Once we cut the foam to actually fit the space and get it covered, it will make it easier to make up for the night and take apart to use the head. I'll just leave it at that. :-)
Today we're heading over to Jost Van Dyke to the soggy dollar bar. We're going to meet some friends over there and they're going to ride back with us. Should be another excellent day.
Stay tuned. :-)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Jay got his check list of items done on the boat so now it's up to me to find something to put in the cabin to sleep on so that we can do an overnight on the boat this weekend. Kmart carries a memory foam mattress so I guess I'll head there in the morning to see if I can find one. It's black Friday so wish me luck. :-)
Jay is out working on the boat, finishing up a few things needed for our weekend trip. He was able to get Saturday and Sunday off so the plan is to run over to Jost Van Dyke! WooHoo! That is if the north swell that moved in today is over by Saturday morning. Wish us luck.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Then we picked up some friends in Red Hook that brought us food and beverages. We took on some fuel and water and headed back over to Christmas Cove for a swim and lunch. The water was soooo clear, I
should have had my snorkel gear but no luck. I will probably buy a set that I can just leave on the boat so I don't have to transport back and forth.
Then we headed over to Water Island, Honeymoon Beach. The trip back along the south side of STT was much nicer than the earlier trip. The water was a lot flatter and plus we were going with the seas versus
It was finally time to end the day and everyone was sad. But it was a great day and looking forward to many more to come.