|Sun rising over Cruz Bay, seen from our balcony|
|Iconic Trunk Bay, seen from the overlook|
|Trunk Cay, which we snorkeled around|
|Just settin' up shop among the sea grapes|
|Flying the All-Clear to Swim flag|
|Since this is a national park, they offer facilities here|
|This is the snack bar|
|Pretty path leading from snack bar to the beach|
We stayed at Trunk Bay until 12:30 or so, then decided to try to find a less crowded spot, as there were probably around 100 people in total on the beach. I understand that by most people's standards that this isn't crowded and I accept that. But I'm used to Anguilla in June, where we might see 25 other people at most on the busiest beach on the island. I know St. John is a popular island beloved by many, but nothing in my reading made me realize just how busy these beaches would feel in early October, a time when most beaches in the Caribbean are practically empty. We stopped at the overpasses to make some photos and we pull into the parking lot at Cinnamon but decide to leave because it's too crowded. Continuing on to Maho, we take a chance and get out there, settling under a little cave of sea grapes to relax & read some more.
|Maho, seen from an overlook|
|DH on Maho|
We took a walk along sunny Maho and observed that in the middle there's an area where there are lots of dark pebbles in the water, making the sand look black. Looking ahead, it seems that the black pebbles continue all the way to the far side of Maho, but what we originally thought were black pebbles resolved itself into a school of millions of small fry. They were so thick along the shore that the water looked black, and it was then that we noticed that there were swathes of white cutting through the fish--three sting rays and about a dozen barracuda!
|These are the *actual* black pebbles in the water|
|DH sporting his lava-lava on Maho|
|Here's where we figured out that the blackness wasn't rocks, but small fry!|
|Sting ray cutting a swathe through the fish|
|Sting ray up close|
|I love the deep lagoon colors of Maho here!|
|Casey and me at Skinny Legs|
|At Skinny Legs|
|The small shop attached to Skinny Legs|
|DH at Skinny Legs|
|Gallows Point, seen from the overlook|
|Interior of Rhumb Lines|
|Evening shot in Cruz Bay|
|Two raised tombs in the cemetery next to Gallows|
That day we saw quite the list of animals, without even having to go in the water: mongoose, deer, sheep, goats, barracuda (we later learned that what we thought were barracuda were actually tarpon), sting rays, and dolphins (playing in Cruz Bay harbour).
Overall, an extremely successful day for all of us. Casey loved it and kept telling us how amazing she thought everything was, which gladdened our hearts.
|One parting image of Trunk Bay|
|Self portrait of the three of us|
Coming up next: early rise and a long day on the Bad Kitty: BVI, here we come!