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Friday, April 30, 2010

British Virgin Islands - Part 5 - Jost Van Dyke and the Painkiller

Our final stop for the day was our longest...

It may be tiny, but the British Virgin Isle of JOST VAN DYKE is among the more famous beach bum stops...

No easy docking, everyone just parks their boats as close to the beach as you can get and makes a swim for it (actually, we were walking, as the water is about chest high).

The most famous of teh bars that line the very LONG beach is the "Soggy Dollar" bar.  Name makes sense, since everyone has to get wet to get there, most of the drinks are paid for with wet money.

Among the most beautiful beaches on the islands, the sand is perfect white.  No rocks, great beach.

Wonder how I would look in one of these two suits... not everyone can pull it off and look good.

Generally, the more pasty white you are, the longer shorts you should wear... just a rule of thumb.  And never write words on your ass.

The star drink is the Painkiller... mixture of rum, orange and pineapple juices, cream of coconut and nutmeg...

The third one is the best one.

A great place to end our day!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

British Virgin Islands - Part 4 - Beach Combing at Sandy Spit

After lunch, we were taken to one of the smallest of the British Virgin Islands, but also one of the more picturesque.  The island is only about the size of a football field, but it is completely surrounded by white sandy beach.

It was getting a little cloudy, and the temp was a borderline comfortable 80 degrees.  So we decided to forgo snorkeling for the rest of the afternoon.  But swimming from the boat to the island was fun.  We wandered around the island, hunting shells..

Found a few interesting things, but this is  a popular little island, so nothing big...

Life was pretty good

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

British Virgin Islands - Part 3 - Lunch at the Willy T

The Willy T is a floating restaurant bar on the far side of Norman Island.

Pretty full menu of food at one end of the boat...

Pretty well stocked bar at the other...

They even make their own RUM!

Just drive your boat up and you are eating and drinking in minutes!

We were in England, so had to order the fish and chips... freshly defrosted and they tasted great!

A great fun and unique break!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

British Virgin Islands - Part 2 - The Caves of Norman Island

Still in England, God save the Queen...

Real pirate treasure was found in these caves, but being able to snorkel in about 100 feet was the attraction now.

There were plenty of fish...



Went up, we all chased him down...

He swam faster.

Monday, April 26, 2010

British Virgin Islands - Part 1 - Indian Rocks of Norman Island

We rented a boat over the weekend and with everyone humming the tune to Gilligan's Island, we were off to the British Virgin Islands.  After a quick stop clearing customs (no arrest warrants between the lot of us), we were off.  We spent the morning snorkeling around Norman Island.  One of our stops was the Indian rocks.

British fish look surprisingly like American fish, we did see a very large Barracuda.

And (I assume), just in case the queen comes for a visit, they had lots more trumpet fish (long skinny ones, with their noses broadening out like a trumpet).

But the coral was the best we have seen since we arrived.

This Trumpet fish was among the longest I have ever seen.. at least 3 foot (probably 4 foot).

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Life is very competitive here on the point

Our deck looks out over the tennis courts...

It's doubles tournament every other night... Must be 65 to enter

Thursday, April 22, 2010

If these guys would stop posing, I would stop taking their photos

Three in one shot...

But as cool as seeing 3 together, this two shot is my favorite iguana photo so far.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's just a house I see when I walk somedays

Don't know anything about this house, I just like to look at it...

Look at the courtyard...

And, not the least... Here's the view from the house.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I could show these every day


Creatures - This is an eel, on a very clear day when we were snorkeling.


Views - This is St John

And I still can not stop taking pictures of Iguanas. even though I see them every day.