Checking in with old friends
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I always look forward to checking this message board every morning to see if any "newbies" might need some advice. Lately, maybe only one or two posts are posted daily. I know that on the relocation board they have a daily check in for all interested, I'd like to see if we have enough USVI lovers to share what they are doing stateside until there next trip. Just a daily blog of bad weather, no beaches and the sort.
I would really appreciate my daily update of my island friends on or off the island.
Didn't look at the time on the web cam, but that makes sense. 9 a.m. or 9 p.m., I'm still jealous!
I'm jealous, too! 🙂
Sigh I miss St Croix,, just the quietness, and stress free time
The last time we were in STT we stayed in Peterborg. Before we learned our way around ,we didn't take the turn to our villa and ended up in Meagan's Bay after dark and I think those birds you're talking about were swooping all around us. We were in an open top jeep and it freaked me out. I thought they were bats, ha,ha.
Unless you were IN the water at Magens around dusk, they weren't boobies. If it was after dark, I hate to tell you now but they probably were bats. They have pretty good radar, though ...
OMG! That's what my fiance said they were, but I didn't believe him. After that, we learned the way to turn real fast.
Tiger123 you might have encountered some bats! With all of the mosquitos on the island they must be nice and plump!
What we saw weren't bats, they must have been boobies. The sun was still out, just starting to set over the hill. These birds would dive bomb out of the sky down into the water to go fishing.
Question: It's starting to storm outside here stateside and It had me thinking about the one and only lightning storm that I had been in on STT. We can always here the storms coming, the light rumble in the backround growning ever increasing louder. Soon you can see the lightning flashing in the backround and counting the seconds to determine how far away the storm is. When we were on the island in a thunderstorm (outside to boot, we thought that we would play a quick round of mini-golf), we really didn't have any advance notice of the pending storm, sure the winds kicked up a but and felt a little cooler. We never heard any rumbling noises in the backround, just a sudden lightning flash with an immediate booming sound. We headed right back to the game room until the storm passed. Was this just a fluke sort of storm, or does the lightning not strike and make a sound on the water? I was always curious, it was a little scary.
Hubby & I just got back from an Alaskan cruise. We had great weather, never colder than 70 during the day. We were lucky, a record breaking week. Because it was so warm, we didn't get all the way up Traci Arm to see the ice crashing into the water. There were too many icebergs, our one disappointment. Otherwise, it was perfect. What a beautiful place, highly recommend it. We return to STT Sept 15th for a 5 week stay.
Glad to hear that you had a great Alaskan Cruise, I didn't know that the weather was that mild! Not sure when we are returning to STT but maybe we can get the chance to meet up again, maybe hubby will behave this time!
"Ask and you shall receive" . Someone cleaned the Magen's Bay Webcam!
We built a new home with swimming pool last Summer. So we've been working really hard to get landscaping done this Spring so it looks great for the Summer swimming season. We did get the pool open and the water finally got to 80 degrees this weekend. So we've been gettin' wet all weekend and enjoying laying in the sun listening to steel drum music (and KC island songs).
No trip booked to STJ yet. Just not sure we'll make it next winter. That will be a bummer as we've now been 7 years running. However, we are taking our 2 daughters (12 and 14) and our son (21) and his girlfriend to Orlando and then a 4 night cruise to Bahamas. That's now less than 3 weeks away so we do have something to look forward to. Kid's will love the theme parks in Orlando and the cruise, and we'll love watching them be happy!
I need airfare to drop 40% before I can book. It's still hovering around $550 per person for a January/February trip. With oil spiking again - I'm going to need a little luck to get it that low!
Hi everyone. Just checked in and saw this message. Missing the islands terribly! Hoping to get down soon (this summer??)
Lost my mind and decided to buy a new house - and am supposed to close this month. Dealing with the bank's antics now (they are super neurotic right now - I don't know how anyone finances anything these days). If I get through this with any money (and mental capacity) left, I'll be down!!!
Need to give Sherri a hug - and need some of STT's clam chowder! (and a hug for her, too!)
I NEED that hug! Can't wait to see you again!
CONGRATS on your new home! (tu) We WILL be catching up soon! Off to do a wedding in St. John, will ck out more vinow later!
Congratulations on your new house Bluewater!
I hear what you are saying about the banks being neurotic right now. My husband and I are builder/developers, not the greatest business to be in right now. We are in a holding pattern right now, not really wanting to over invest in a shaky real estate market. There are a lot of good buys out there right now, hopefully you bought your dream home or got a great deal on one that you can turn into your dream home.
I'm always envious (in a good way) of everyone that can have a swimming pool. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to put one in where we live in the midwest. I love watching the shows showcasing all of the beautifully landscaped back yards with the outdoor kitchens. At our last house we did have a great pond out back that the kids would ice skate on in the winter and we had a rope swing to take a summer plunge into but it had a clay bottom so the kids' feet would always be covered in mud when they were finished swimming.
Oh well, a few more years and we will be relocating to somewhere warmer. Possibly the VI's but we are still doing a little more research.
We leave tonight at midnight to O'hare for a 4 o'clock check-in, our flight departs at 6:00 AM. I hate travel days, but at least we land in Nassau before lunch. Any other nervous flyers out there? I get a prescription from my doctor to help calm the nerves whenever I fly.
Have a great day!
Thanks IAMolly. It isn't a done deal yet. More hoops today....and I wouldn't say it is my dream house. It is a nice, large house, but it is an older brick georgian colonial with a very formal floor plan, so some walls will need to be knocked out to get some flow going. Plus, I like the city better...but we are going out into the county for the school district. My current house is smaller and is on a city block in the with 24 other homes full of really cool people who like to sit on their porches at night and swap cocktails. The new home is one of 4 on the street - and I am on the end where the street dead ends into the cul de sac. It will take some getting used to- -- but we are on 1/2 acre of flat land, so definitely going for the pool.
You must be watching HGTV...talking about the outdoor kitchens.
Have fun in Nassau. I am a relatively nervous flyer. Am ok if things are calm...but when the bumps come, I have to breathe deeply. Then I remind myself that many, many people commute on places each and every day....and they are fine.
Funny story about fear of flying and meds: my son and I both had the same nervousness about flying. Just prior to one loooong flight for a vacation, we took meds from the doctor. We wanted to be totally chilled out by the time we took off. Just before boarding, they discovered a problem with the plane...and told us that we had to walk several terminals over and wait 4 hours for another flight. We were soooooo lethargic....and fell asleep in a couple of rocking chairs in one of the observation areas. We never did that again!