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Sunbay, Vieques PR

Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

St. John Music Schedule Saturday April 16

Beach Bar – T Bird & Friends – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways - Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Fatty CrabSambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Morgan’s MangoLuba – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Flora: Mampoo

“The mampoo is dropping it’s sticky seeds that find there way all over my shoes, my socks, my pants and all over the house.”

Funny thing, I’ve been annoyed with the sticky mampoo seeds and decided to blog about it. I remembered writing about them in the past so I did a search to see what I wrote. It turns out that the above paragraph was written one year ago to the day.

My friend, King, once told me to cut down the big mampoo because in his words it was a “dis GUSTING tree.” I didn’t realize what he meant until it flowered in the spring and dropped its sticky seeds all over the place.

From the SeeStJohn.com:

“In the springtime the mampoo goes to seed, the female of the species, making a kind of flower that starts off green and then turns black.

The tennis-ball sizes flower looks like a miniature tree that’s branches end with little black seeds instead of leaves.

St John Virgin Islands Flora: MampooOn the end of each seed is a ball of sticky hooked spikes that stick on to skin or clothing like sticky velcro. If you have a mampoo on the way to your house you will surely find the little seeds everywhere during April and May, the time that they fall from the tree.

Disgusting it may be, but I still find the mampoo to be a beautiful shade tree and I’m happy to have them near my house, except in April and May, that is.

Check out the descriptive Mampoo & Mampoo seed photos

St. John Music Schedule Friday April 15

Beach Bar - ISH – 9:00 – 777-4220

Castaways – Dusty Spoon – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
High Tide - John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill - Luba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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Vieques

Vieques South Coast

St. John Music Schedule Thursday April 14

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 – 777-3316
High Tide - Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sRich & Greg - 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – Rascio Steel Pan – 7:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinnylegs – Lauren – Guitar & Vocal – 6:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Photo of the Day

Trunk Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Trunk Bay

This is undoubtedly the most photographed scene in all St. John. It’s a magnificent vista and is always beautiful no matter what the conditions. On Monday afternoon, however, the conditions were just about perfect, clear skies and white fluffy clouds.

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Cruz Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

Cruz Bay from North Shore Road Overlook

Cruz Bay Sunset

Cruz Bay Sunset, from Taxi Parking Area, Cruz Bay Beach

Two Earthquakes Last Night
Last night we experienced two moderately strong earthquakes. I was awake for the first, a 5.3 at 12.28 am and slept through the second, a 5.1 at 4.28 am.

It was a pretty good shake that only lasted a few seconds. I thought about going outside, but it was over before I made my move. A Facebook friend wrote this: “…The cat climbed onto my chest and then the shaking started and when a pan fell over in the kitchen it scared us both pretty good…”

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday April 13

Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast Studios – St. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00 – 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeDavid Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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Wednesday April 13 12.30 am: I felt a fairly strong earthquake just now. I wonder how big it was. Guess I’ll check in the morning.

12:45 am: Ah technology! I already have my answer: 5.3

We live on an active fault. Historically we have two major earthquakes per century, but we haven’t had one since 1867.

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St. John Villas: Intamasea VillaThere’s a cool new webcam from Villa IntimaSea, high up on the hillside over Chocolate Hole with views of Great Cruz, Chocolate Hole and Hart Bays.

The images were taken from the respective webcams at noon yesterday, except for Skyridge Villa, Villa Amorosa, and St. John Brewers, which were taken this morning.

Click on the text below the images to see the webcam.

St. John Villas Serendipity St. John Spice
Serendipity St. John Spice
St. John webcams: Villa Amorosa st john webcams: dileff point villa kaleidoscope
Villa Amorosa Kaleidoscope
Skyridge Villa st. John Virgin Islands webcam St. John Brewers
Skyridge Tap Room
St. John Webcams: VIERS
VIERS

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St. John Music Schedule

Castaways - Steve & Friends – 7:30 – 777-3316
High Tide - T-Bird and Kenny – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues - Bo & Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing - Classic Rock with John – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

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St. John Photo of the Day

Chocolate Hole, St. John USVI

Nautical Twilight, Chocolate Hole, St. John US Virgin Islands

St. John Music Schedule, Monday April 11

High Tide - Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
La TapaSambacombo – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-7755
Maho Bay Camps - Bo & Lauren – 8:00 – 10:00 – 715-0501
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693 3304

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

white bay, jost van dyke, british virgin islands

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

White Bay close upThe above photo was taken from the washed out road that leads west and up from White Bay. I remember driving the full length of this road shortly after it was created. The road washed out and became unusable just a short time later.

St. John Music Schedule, Sunday April 10

Aqua Bistro – Lauren Jones – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Concordia – Bo – 4:00 – 8:00 – 693 5855
Miss Lucy’s - Sambacombo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – David Laabs – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – T-Bird  – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Today’s St. John Music Schedule

CastawaysKenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Fatty CrabSambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Morgan’s Mango - Luba – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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St. John Virgin Islands – Ceiba, Puerto Rico – Vieques, PR

Ceiba Puerto Rico Air Show

Air Force Thunderbirds at Ceiba Air Show

Just got back from a trip to Vieques where I’ve been shooting photos and gathering information for the update of my “Vieques” book, which is currently sold out.

George Miller

George Miller

I flew with my friend, George, who has a twin engine Beechcraft Baron to Ceiba for the air show there. On the way home he dropped me off in Vieques, where I spend the next four days.

I posted albums of the photos I shot at the Ceiba Air Show and on Vieques on Facebook. Click to see)

Vieques

Back in St. John this morning, I run into Ghost at the Post Office. He tells me that he wants to show me a small graveyard that he discovered hidden in the bush.

It’s right above Grande Bay on a road that’s on a property owned by a friend of mine. She’s there when we drive up. She acts kind of strange, but I take some photos and leave.

Cemetary Cruz Bay

Ghost and Cactus

Then the Ghost karma hits me. On St. John, and I imagine anywhere else, people either love Ghost or hate him. Turns out that my friend is one of the latter. I get a phone call soon after I leave for home about Ghost being there and her not wanting him to be and I try to explain that I’m really an innocent bystander, but it looks bad.

Small town life can be really rewarding at times, but sometimes it can be complicated…

(The Ghost, aka Curtney Chinnery, is a performance poet, fairly well known on the streets of Cruz Bay.)

The photo on the right shows Ghost handling a prickly pear cactus. He immediately gets spines in his hands, which reminds me of another time with Ghost and the prickly pear.

If you’re a Ghost fan, and haven’t seen it already I have a cool video of Ghost catching a Tarantula.

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