Hike A Head

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Beverly Sills Even sea legs need stretching sometimes, and the USVI has no shortage of areas to explore during your sailing journey. There are plenty of stores and restaurants easily accessible on the Islands. If that is not your thing, or you have had your fill,Continue reading “Hike A Head”

Carribean Reef Squid

The only thing we have to fear is a giant wheelchair-crushing squid. Well… uh… actually, I guess that’s the only thing I have to fear. — Franklin D. Roosevelt Curious creatures, these luminous swimmers be. Forward and backward, gliding effortlessly with the smoothest of directional shifts, they keep a giant eye focused on the floating humanContinue reading “Carribean Reef Squid”

Barracuda

The books all say that barracuda rarely eat people, but very few barracuda can read. — Dave Barry These guys get a lot of respect in this world. Think of it: cars, hard drives, security networks, books, and songs all carry their name. They are the bad boys of the sea. Eyes wide open, the new snorkeler or diver willContinue reading “Barracuda”

Saint John Pumpkins

If you’re ever wondering what to wear, just dress like a pumpkin, you’re good to go. Devendra Banhart I’m about to let you in on a bit of a secret. There are pumpkins all over the Caribbean. They hide in plain view, typically on higher ground or a drier microclimate. Botanists who are in onContinue reading “Saint John Pumpkins”

Three Gray Lines

Companies and capital operate internationally, often beyond the economic reach of any particular nation-state. People are pretty global , too, living lives that freely cross national borders Chrystia Freeland It is a  strange pastime, but  I’ve been looking at nautical charts lately. They are full of cryptic symbols and squiggly lines, all of which haveContinue reading “Three Gray Lines”

Rock Carvings

Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don’t even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges. Annie Lennox The Petroglyphs I first visited this site near Reef Bay St John USVI in 2014 to find a young gentleman enjoying this serene spot.Continue reading “Rock Carvings”

The last Straw … in a good way

Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part of my life.I get excited about things that inspire me . Dwayne Johnson My sister in law, Nora , has accused me of being a rotating hobbyist . Mr. Webster says “a hobby is an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure”, if this is soContinue reading “The last Straw … in a good way”

Skinny Legs

Be content to progress in slow steps until you have legs to run and wings with which to fly.  Pio of Pietrelcina This in the dinghy dock in Coral Bay which is a few proverbial steps from the iconic Skinny Legs Bar and Grill. Google skinny legs and this establishment will be at the topContinue reading “Skinny Legs”

Reflections

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine SeaSea motored into St. Thomas for the first time just a bit over 1 year ago , propelled by a pair of 50 horsepower Volvo Penta diesels quietly humming away . Her sails had yet to be rigged,Continue reading “Reflections”