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The baths
Hot/Sunny
04/24/2012, British Virgin Islands

We arrived at the Baths around 9am to find that all the mooring balls have been taken already, they say to get there early, we were not early enough. The rental boats/Charter Boats are packed in this spot. We did find a spot to anchor further up the coast in sand for the day. We got ready for the day, getting our dry pack ready to take with us ashore. We decided to snorkel to shore then walk a path available to the Baths. We walked then back in the water to go around another area to get to the Baths, The Baths are giant boulders that form a series of spectacular pools and grottos which flood with seawater, creating an unforgettable setting. The snorkeling is great also. We then went on to hike to Devils Bay, just south of the Baths which is a boulder strewn beach that may be reached by boat also. We took the nature trail which lead us thru the rocks,under rocks , upstairs and down stairs, it was so cool, we had fun. We were exhausted by the time we snorkeled all the way back to the boat and hungry. More Photos on the side link.

04/26/2012 | Donna Ealey
Hello there... I was just checking for other boats in our "neighborhood" and see that you have a cat as well. How long have you had it? We just bought ours on Valentines day this year, so I was wondering if you have any enlightenment about the differences in sailing the cats vs the mono's? I have found that this girl does not like to play if she only has one sail up. I need to spend some more time with that, but I could not get her to cooperate for nothing unless the sails are properly set.
Anyway, we are in St. Thomas getting some solar panels installed as our alternators will not produce sufficient charging without running the batteries for more than several hours a day.
We have not met any cat sailors yet and would love to hear from you online or to even catch up with you if you are still around.
Hope to hear from you. Take care and travel safely,
Donna and Jettie s/v Dutchess
(click on Dutchess above to get to our page, which I am in the process of catching up as we were out of wifi range)
214-636-8921 D 808-728-6749 J
PS... how did you get the map link to show up in your side panel as it does? Thanks.
04/27/2012 | Sheila
Donna, I emailed you. I think the map link is an extra cost. I believe we pay 95 a year for all. Chris asked about your batteries/ send us an email with info. Wish we were close by to meet up and chat.
Cheers for now
Catch up
hot/sunny ,30 degrees
04/23/2012, BVI's

So what have we been doing for the past few days? We went on to Saltpond next where we got to snorkel and hike, enjoy the beach but not the no seeums after six o'clock, the beach emptied quickly. The next morning we left for Coral Harbour and went in to check out the community,Love City it is called, first it is not a city, but a very small village with a few stores and restaurants,gift shops too! Very nice to see and funny to see the donkeys walking down the center of the street. We hauled anchor later in the afternoon and sailed to Water Lemon Cay. What a beautiful spot! We hooked on the mooring ball just before sundown. Ann & Ed and their Guests joyed us on our boat for sundowners. The next day we were up and Chris decided to clean the bottom of the boat since the water was nice and clear, we then later went snorkeling. The Waterlemon cay area was great snorkeling. In the charts the cay is called Water lemon, in the guide books it is called Watermelon, go figure.
We hiked to the Annaberg Plantation, then on to see Francais bay which is another great spot. great trails all the way from Waterlemon to Francais bay.
The Annaberg Plantation, as of 1780, was one of 25 active sugar producing factories on St. John. Other products produced at Annaberg were molasses and rum. Annaberg was named after William Gottschalk's daughter and translates to Anna's Hill. Gottschalk was the plantation owner. Slave labor was used to clear densely forested hillsides and to terrace the slopes around Annaberg to make farming possible. Slave labor was also used to plant, harvest and process the sugarcane. When slavery was abolished, plantations were divided. The 518 acres that were once Annaberg Plantation were divided into smaller farms.
Today the plantation ruins are protected by the Virgin Islands National Park and are open to the public. Trees have reclaimed the hillsides around Annaberg. A trail leads through factory ruins, slave quarters, windmill and other remains. Placards and signs along the trails describe how sugar was produced and discuss plantation life and the history behind sugar plantations on St. John and in particular Annaberg. Photos to be added later.

Turtle
04/23/2012

We have been seeing lots of Turtles, Photo compliments of John from Wind Swept Dreams

Neverbored
hot/sunny ,30 degrees
04/19/2012, Little Lameshur Bay,US Virgin Islands

A photo taken from ruins on the shore. The ruins looked to be a sugar cane mill at one time.
We got to snorkel this bay later in the day after our hike.
The day ended with a pot luck dinner on Wind Swept dreams, all were starving after a big day of activity.

04/23/2012 | Penny Miller
Boy it's nice wen you keep your park pass. We should have sent you sockratease as a guest
04/25/2012 | Chrisheila
Sockratease and his owners can visit anytime, open invite. Park Pass worked great,lucky we had it with us. BVI's now, mooring balls 25 dollars, ouch!
Life of the buoy
04/19/2012

Mr Rhynold from Little Dover , Nova Scotia made this buoy and it has plus two others have been traveling with us on our adventures. This is Yellow, Sitting on the beach at Caneel bay, US Virgin islands.


Taking a dip in the water.

04/22/2012 | Philip & Sharon
So I guess we can come out of the closet about our Trolls that travel everywhere with us.
04/26/2012 | carol
Yellow needs her/his own song. Maybe there is one and we havn't heard it yet. We'll always remember"OhDannyBuoy.
Hiking
Hot/Sunny, nice breeze
04/19/2012, Little Lameshur Bay,US Virgin Islands

We took a mooring ball at Little Lameshur Bay, anchoring is not permitted here. The mooring balls are 15 dollars per night but if you have a Park pass, which we have you get a 50% discount, HEY!. We bought the pass last summer when traveling the Grand Canyon.
We hiked the trails along with Ed and Ann from Wind Swept dreams and their Guests Kate & John.
We took the trail to the The Old Reef Bay Estate Sugar Mill, then took a side trail to see a water fall and pre-columbian petroglyphs( also called rock engravings).
The photo is of Chris in between a tree that split at the bottom, both sides still surviving.


Can you see the petroglyphs? Rock carvings of faces???

Do any of you remember having a plant in your home called Mother in laws tongue, this looks like it. Not sure on the proper name.


The sandbox tree, this tree is recognized by its many dark pointed spines on the smooth brown bark. The name "Sandbox" refers to the early use of the hollowed out shell if the seed capsules to hold sand and to be employed as Ink blotters. Another name for this tree is "Monkey Pistol" because of the exploding dried seed capsules that make a loud noise and disperse the seeds. One more common name is 'Monkey No Climb" it is easy to understand . Chris looked at it closely to see the points . John , one of the guests on Wind Swept Dreams said that he once grabbed onto one of these trees while stopping a fall( I believe) ,not a good idea.

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