A November 1993 trip
to St. John by kmclark
Quote: Just a day trip but it surely packed a wallop! Our guide was the absolute best and gave us so much history. Wish I'd had this opportunity before high school (when history was such a bore) for sure! This island surely brought it all home along with its exquisite maintenance and beauty...come and see!
The shops at Cruz Bay are touristy but fun with strong island flavor...got great books. Neither of us bought clothes but there are nice offerings. Nice trip and tour. Enjoyed it all in every aspect. This day was heart/spirit grabbing. Worth the pitance for all we saw and enjoyed on this wonderful tiny island. St. John is supurb!
Our guide was homey and talkative. He told us initially that the USVI was proud to be American which gladdened our spirits. He showed us Drake's Seat, wonderful view, and took us to the Hyatt (wonderful grounds) to pick up other passengers. Off we went.
Picked up the ferry from Red Hook and he had me read a passage from "Night of the Silent Drum". This book tells of the plight of the slaves and their struggles for freedom; it was so enthralling I bought a copy (which the guide autographed for me) in Cruz Bay.
Before that we toured a bit in the surrey-covered bus and saw the sights including Annaburg (sugar) Plantation, and then traversed to Trunk Bay, a very lovely clean beach with snorkling equipment for rental and a marked underwater trail. The day, of course, was perfect. We had honeymooners amongst us and that was cute. I'd snagged a blueberry muffin for a lunch holdover and found the thing disintegrating in the napkin in my purse...so I tossed it into the woods - it's biodegradable. Well, that brought out an activity!
M grabbed my arm and asked with concern: "What's that?" It was a mongoose! Me, I get nutty and grab the (tourist) camera. I loved it! He was enjoying the muffin while we were enjoying him. Joe (see another edition) told me the mongoose was imported to kill off the snakes and with snakes no longer being a royal pain, the mongoose is now after the iguanas.
Well, that $40.00 trip was followed up with a trip to the little strip-mall at Cruz Bay and the offerings were wonderful. We didn't buy much in the way of clothing (although lovely) but did bring home books galore, including a nice one about indiginous crafts and their history.
It was such a fun day. What a lovely day trip to such splendor and activity. Go! Definitely GO!