The reddish-colored rocks found in the vicinity of Chocolate Hole appear to be made of compressed sand. Often used in native stone walls, they break apart more easily than the harder volcanic rocks found in most other parts of the island.
Dan Boyd let us know that the white rock is called Marl from which gypsum and cement is made.
This scenic and breezy walk leads around Maria Bluff and Blagbalg Point, which separate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay. Rising more than 200 feet above sea level, this exhilarating walk provides magnificent views from Ram Head on the east, St. Croix (on a clear day) to the south and St. Thomas to the west.
Chitons are also known as sea cradles or coat-of-mail shells. On St. John they can often be seen adhering to rocks in shallow water. They survive by grazing the algae that grows on rocks, which is helpful in that a clean substrate can be used as a starting point for corals.
There are two great overlooks on the Caneel and Margaret Hill Trail, one at the top of Caneel Hill and the other near the Margaret Hill summit. Beginning hike at the trail heads involves steep climbs, but there is an easier alternative.
St. John News
A fire at Mongoose Junction yesterday afternoon destroyed several businesses and damaged others…. read more
St. John Live Music Schedule
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
In Virgin Islands backtime days, whist was used for making rope. The vine was collected on the days of the dark moon. Three strands would be twisted until the end of the shortest was reaches then that strand would be knotted with the next one and so until the desired amount of rope was obtained. In some cases this called for a lot of whist like when used for setting fish pots when the rope needed to be 35 fathoms (210 feet) long.
The updated 2015 edition of the St. John Beach Guide is now available. 50% discount to blog visitors and Facebook friends. Use coupon NNETKS