Sunday, July 12, 2009

St. John

On Saturday Afton and I boarded a ferry to see the neighboring island of St. John. We didn't really know what to expect, but we sure weren't disappointed!

As a matter of fact, it's now our favorite place ever, and we plan on spending the rest of our vacation there! After our 20 minute ferry ride, we had to hike for about 35 minutes until we arrived at Solomon's Beach. We were so impressed that we've decided never to return to Chicago and be beach bums on St. John for the rest of our lives:).

The only downer was the flippin' stingray that kept coming around and spooking us out of the water. I know we're overly skiddish, but every time I see one I think of the Crocodile Hunter, and if a stringray was able to bring him down, we'd be toast.

On the way home, Afton took me out for ice cream, but the guy running the ice cream stand was high and bothersome that we scarfed our ice cream and left. I have to admit, though, that for being high, he sure could make tasty ice cream!

Just when I thought the island couldn't get any better, we found out that Kenny Chesney (my favorite--though not Afton's favorite...yet) country singer of all time! Now I got the name of the place where he hangs out, I'm going to stalk him until I get a picture with him.

As always when we go to the beach, we look like lobsters. We so look forward to the day when we go to the beach and don't get burnt to a crisp. Afton's getting quite the nice tan already!

More to come...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Reporting from the Virgin Islands!

Wow! The Virgin Islands is everything we hoped it would be!

We live right on the beach in a neat little studio condo (the picture on the upper left is from our deck). At nights, after I return from work, we go down to the beach and snorkel. On the weekends and holidays, we are able to go to other beaches n' stuff.

The fish are outstanding! As soon as I am able to develop the film, we will scan them and put them on the blog.

As for the quality of life on the islands, we're just glad we live in a touristy (a.k.a. safe) area. There is quite a bit of drugs and violence. Transportation is cheap, as you can catch the "Safari" for only $1 (although they'll sometimes try and rip you off if you're a tourist). The food is good (but expensive), we have good friends, the sand is white, and the water is clear and warm. In short, we love this place.

We hope to take more pictures soon and post them...in the meantime, enjoy your summers!