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Cuban Tree Frog

Cuban tree frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)

I found this Cuban tree frog in my outdoor shower. As it’s a creature that makes a loud, shrill, objectionable and annoying noise, I decided to move it to another location. I guess I could have killed it, especially since its an environmental nuisance that kills off our sweet little native frogs who sing melodious songs, nut I don’t like to kill things. Instead I brought it to another location.

I decided to photograph it beig that it was staying very still after I released it. I wanted a closeup shot, so I got down on my knees and photographed away. When froggie had enough of this he jumped up and stuck to my pants with its gooey, sticky, toxic mucus. Yuck!

Enchanted Frog

Kiss me!

I’ve heard stories that many handsome princes have been turned into frogs by evil witches. All a pretty young lady has to do to reverse the spell, which will turn the frog back into a handsome prince, resulting in the subsequent marriage of said young lady to the handsome prince, would be for the lady to kiss the frog. Any attractive young ladies out there that want to kiss this guy?

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Cruz Bay Rainbow

Cruz Bay

Trunk Bay Rainbow

Trunk Bay

Caneel Bay Rainbow

Caneel Bay

Yesterday morning was a great morning for rainbows on St. John and I was lucky enough to be in the right places at the right times to get some photos.

St. John News

Insurance exec found dead in St. John Virgin Islands home

US Virgin Islands elects new governor in runoff

St. John Events

PrintThe 19th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race and the St John Cancer Fund have joined forces to present the 8 Tuff Miles Festival.

The festival will begin on Sat February 21 at 4 pm with “Light  up the Night” an 18 hour, family oriented, community supported overnight event. Light Up the Night offers the best musicians in the VI, activies and entertainment for the whole family.  Light Up the Night provides an opportunity for our community and our visitors to support St Johnians and their families who have been touched by cancer.

February 27 from 5-9 pm a pasta buffet will be held at Cruz Bay Landing $25
February 28 7:15 AM the 19th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race
4 pm – Awards Ceremony at Mongoose Junction
March 1-  11 AM-4PM- 3rd Annual 8 Tuff Miles Recovery Beach Party- Oppenheimer Beach
For more information on the events and the St John Cancer Fund visit our website or email stjohncancerfund@gmail.com

St. John Weather

buffalo

Buffalo NY

She said I can’t go back to America soon
So goddamn cold it’s gonna snow until June
Yeah, they’re freezin’ up in Buffalo stuck in their cars
And I’m lyin’ here ‘neath the sun and the stars (Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin islands)

Mañana – Jimmy Buffett -1978

St. John
Rain showers this morning with mostly sunny conditions during the afternoon hours. High 84F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

 

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Peter Bay St. John USVI

Peter Bay 1978

Peter Bay St. John US Virgin Islands

Peter Bay Recent photo

The above photo shows Peter Bay in 1978. At that time the property was owned by the Hall family and there was a small house on the land. The Halls were one of the few families to refuse to sell their land to the agents of the National Park and as a result their relationship with the park was contentious. Mrs. Hall’s son, Victor, kept a few sunfish on the beach there with one sometimes anchored in the bay. Confronted by the National Park as to the legality of keeping his sailboats there, Victor was told that he must remove the boats from the beach and bay. Victor fought back, to the extent of getting Good Morning America to do a piece on his plight. Nonetheless, when the Halls made the decision to sell the land, they first offered to the Virgin Islands National Park. The Park refused the offer citing budgetary concerns of the Reagan years, and only then the land was then offered to developers at a considerably higher price. Today there are many homes on Peter Bay, which is probably the most expensive and most exclusive development on St. John.

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st john birds scaly-necked pidgeon (Patagioenas squamosa)

scaly-necked pigeon

These big birds seem to enjoy flying around my manjack trees eating the ripe berries. They’re so big that they make a lot of noise flying through the leaves looking for a perch where they can get their beaks on the berries. They make their nests in the trees , but only lay one or two eggs at a time.

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See Also St. John Off the Beaten Track for Trails

St. John Off the Beaten Track for Beaches

St John News

History of Parcel No. 5, Estate Bordeaux, St. John Feds move to evict 16 Coral Bay residents

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Find Out All About St. John Virgin Islands Beaches With the St. John Off the Beaten Track App

See Also: Using the App for St. John Hiking Trails

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Islands

Islands Magazine Article on the St. John Off the Beaten Track App

Using the St. John Off the Beaten Track App for Hiking Trails on St. John

Using the St. John Off the Beaten Track App for St. John Beaches

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App

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Lameshur Bay Road

The road to Lameshur Bay

I took a ride out east yesterday, with the intention of checking out the Yawzi Point Trail, which I understand was just recently improved by a group of from the Conservation Volunteers International Program. (They also worked on the L’Esperance Trail)

I never made it to the trail, dissuaded by the condition of the road out to Lameshur Bay. The road is normally pretty rugged, but this time it looked well worse than usual, a consequence of the heavy rains last weekend. By the time I reached a stretch of road just past VIERS, I decided that maybe this hike could wait for a few more days.

It wasn’t a waste of time. As always, going anywhere will yield its own rewards. I stopped to have a chat with Ital at Salt Pond Bay and with Doug at Crabby’s Watersports.

carol at Crabbys WatersportsWhile I was at Crabbby’s, a lady named Carol came by and showed us the reusable shopping bags that she makes from cat food bags. After her cats finish up the contents, she washes the bag and sews it up by hand. It’s actually a lenghthy process taking more than a day to complete.

Ecologically, it makes a lot of sense. It keeps the heavy plastic bags out of the landfill and takes the place of the plastic bags issued by the island’s markets that are an environmental problem.

Carol sells these bags for $15.00, donating $10.00 of that to the St. John Animal Care Center. If you’re interested in obtaining one, contact the Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 340-776 6731

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Petroglyph Waterfalls

View from the top of the waterfall

The waterfalls at the Petroglyphs, fed by the Living Gut, were flowing vigorously after the heavy rains of last weekend. The rains were heavy enough to bring about the dramatic waterfalls, but not so intense as to flood at the guts along the trail making it necessary to wafe through water -flooded sections of the trail in order to reach the Petroglyphs.

petroglyph falls

Waterfall above the Petroglyph Pool

St. John Trails: Petroglyphs

“The Ghost” Climbs the second set of falls above the one at the Petroglyph Pools

St. John Waterfalls

Hikers on top of the falls

Petroglyph Waterfalls Video

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