Don’t worry! I haven’t forgotten! I promised that I would finish telling you about my weekend.
Sunday, I took a ferry to the nearby island of St. John, the smallest of the three US Virgin islands. St. John may be the baby, but there sure is a lot to see there.
The ferry left from the town of Red Hook. We had to take a safari bus to reach Red Hook. I assure you, the bus was nothing like the one that you might have taken to school. It was more like bench seats in the back of a truck, with a canopy on top. Believe me, my hook was wrapped around the arm of the cadet next to me. And did I mention? The Virgin Islands are the only place in the United States where it is legal to drive on the left side of the road. Pretty scary if you’re not use to it!
Once safely in Red Hook, the ferry ride took just twenty minutes. Soon we were getting off in the village of Cruz Bay.
More than half of the island is a National Park. It was just beautiful! I did some hiking on boardwalks and trails. I had never seen such beautiful flowers, plants, and trees.
We toured the island in a Jeep and stopped at several beaches. Some of the beaches made me a little hungry, like Cinnamon Bay, Watermelon Bay, and Fish Bay. At beach, I tried to make new friend – with a pelican. I shouted hello, but I didn’t date get too close.
I ran into several cadets who had just come from snorkeling. They could stop talking about all of the green turtles they had seen.
The only sad part of the day was seeing the destruction caused by the two Category 5 hurricanes that blasted the island last September. Local residents are working hard to repair and rebuild their island. They are grateful for any help that they have received, but there is still a lot of work to be done. There is genuine fear in their voice when they mention that the next hurricane season begins on June 1st. I am hoping that the Virgin Islands are not visited by any powerful storms in the years to come. They’ve had enough!
On the ferry back to Red Hook, I learned from a local that St. Thomas has the nicknamed Rock City. St. John’s nickname is Love City. That’s certainly appropriate this week because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!
Enjoy your day!