Wednesday, August 1

St. John Vacation

We recently went to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, for Jason’s 40th birthday. I tried not to duplicate pictures, so please check out Trina’s St. John post for the rest of the story. Especially for snorkeling pics, as I did not have an underwater camera. Next time.
As you can see, Trina and I always had our cameras handy.
After we got off the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John, we saw a St. John pirate with his booty.
On the twisty switchback roads to Coral Bay on the opposite side of the island, we were entertained by roadside goats doing their best to make sure the grass did not overtake the island. A little weird getting used to an American-style car with the steering wheel on the left, but driving on the left side of the road.
Funky cacti growing on the rocks outside our villa.
Turning around from there to see the main room.
A closer view shows three happy ladies in the pool with drink in hand.
A poolside lunch with a view.
Kris and I were always harassing the poor hermit crabs around the house. They’re so cute.
We spent quite a bit of time snorkeling. Next time, I will definitely have to get an underwater camera. I broke the cardinal rule of snorkeling. Don’t touch anything. I managed to get a splinter from accidentally rubbing against coral when a rogue wave hit me. I also got poked by a sea urchin with spikes over a foot long. And this is a shot of a bite on my index finger when I stuck my hand in the middle of feeding the fishes.
Trina in NatGeo mode.
A tree trunk on the beach.
So many colorful shells.
In between doing pushups, he paused long enough to give me some stinkeye.
Every afternoon, the feral donkeys would feed near our house. Trina couldn’t resist.
Kris was right behind her.
Egrets loved feeding in the calm cove next to the house.
A local fisherman catching some baitfish.
The chickens are very colorful and everywhere on the island.
An iguana casually chomping on a cactus in a parking lot.
Parking is at a premium in downtown Cruz Bay, as this sign in front of the church can attest to.

We had a great time, but were ready to see the kids by the end of the week.


  1. Looks like a great time! Love the photos!

  2. What an awesome vacation! The pictures are great, I love the Hermit Crab. The house and pool look lovely.

  3. Those pictures are fantastic -- I knew they would be! Did you come home with a feral donkey? Just think, no more lawn mowing! :P

  4. Ohhhhhhhhh...
    What a beautiful place, I would love to go somewhere like that for a holiday.
    Your photos are amazing and so are the ones your friend took. Ow, bet that was sore. Thanks for sharing.
    I am going away to cry uncontrollably now, LOL.
    Lynne x

  5. wow what an increable place to visit. Your pjoto's are stunning! Bet the kids were pleased to see you as well.

  6. Looks like an amazing place to visit! Cute feral donkeys... although that one looked pretty tame. :-)

  7. What an amazing vacation. We went to St. Johns for our 15th anniversary and we loved it. What a beautiful place. Thanks for the pictures brought back the need to go back.

  8. We had a great time! Love the photo of the fisherman!

  9. Amazing pictures. I felt like I was there! (Chance would be a fine thing).

    Love and licks, Winnie

  10. What interesting wild life there, feral donkeys, chooks, iguanas, lizards, goats ... no feral cats or dogs though? Next time you'll have to wear leather gloves;) Looks like an idyllic holiday. Off to check out Trina's photos.

    1. We did see a few feral dogs, and feral cats are all over the island. The cats are all black and white from living on a secluded island.

  11. Gyeong, have you tried the Canon 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens? I was thinking of getting the 24-70 f/2.8 but there are no "MK 1" available any more and they've delayed the release (and more than doubled the price) of the MK II version. So I was looking for some alternative.

  12. Absolutely stunning photo's you should scrap them! bet the hounds were mighty pleased to see you xxx

  13. Love the cool beach vibe in the big city.... where's the (heated ) pool?!?!

    St John accommodations