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Friends of National Park Launches New “Villas for the Park” Program

Wayne’s Word: In search of pelicans on a Caribbean vacation

 

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St. John Gourmet Almond Butter

Yummie! Almond Butter available at St. John Gourmet!

St John Prices

But the price ain’t nice! ($27.85)

Online Price

But there is an option ($11.99)

asparagus

Looks good, but pricey

When I first came to St. John, the availability of food besides fish and locally grown produce was limited to say the least. All you could count on was salt fish, a big block of cheese and Saltine crackers. A lady came from Tortola with fresh vegetables once a week and we’d have occasional visits by a schooner from Puerto Rico loaded with fruit and vegetables.

Now we have three supermarkets and several convenience markets. You can even get organic stuff, but you better check prices before you decide.

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Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Brewers co-founder Chirag Vyas greets ultramarathon paddle boarder Shane Perrin as he comes ashore for a brief respite at Bolongo Bay

Ultramarathon Paddle Boarder Circumnavigates St. Thomas, St. John to Kick Off 2015 Adventure Challenge
From Andrea Milam

Paddle boarding has earned its place as a leisure sport in the Virgin Islands, with young and old alike taking to calm bay waters as a means of sightseeing and exercise. But no one had attempted to continuously circumnavigate St. Thomas and St. John — until June 14 and 15, when professional ultramarathon paddle boarder Shane Perrin took on the extreme challenge.

The 71-mile adventure took Perrin 33 hours and 57 minutes to complete, including the single hour of sleep that he stole during the early morning hours on Honeymoon Bay. Perrin is sponsored by Vertical Oar, a hub for stand up paddle boarders founded by J-P. Pesare, a childhood friend of St. John Brewers co-owner Chirag Vyas, along with his two partners Rafael Mercado and Rick Fitzpatrick.

“We’d had discussions with Vertical Oar about doing something unique in the V.I.,” said Vyas. “We wanted to showcase the potential for ultramarathon paddle boarding here in the islands.”

Perrin’s grueling adventure began at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, when he launched from Cruz Bay beach. He crossed Pillsbury Sound, then headed west along St. Thomas’s south shore.

“When I turned the corner on the west side of St. Thomas near Mermaid’s Chair, it got nasty and I was just flat out blasted with wind,” said Perrin. “There were headwinds and nasty swells, and if I stopped paddling I just went backwards at a pretty quick pace. After leaving Hull Bay, there was cross chop bouncing off the rocks and just washing me all around.”

Perrin took brief respites at various beaches as he made his way along St. Thomas’s north shore before heading back across Pillsbury Sound for St. John — in the middle of the night.

“Coming back toward Cruz Bay, there was a nasty wind coming through plus ferry boat traffic, other boat traffic, and huge swells rolling across,” said Perrin. “I hit the worst area when I couldn’t read the conditions well, so instead of timing things like I can during the day, it was more just reacting to the waves that came. The moon definitely helped, but I fell in a lot.”

Perrin continued on with his circumnavigation of St. John, again facing difficult conditions at Ram Head before meeting up with Vyas and the Vertical Oar crew at Salt Pond Bay for a brief moment of relief. He then paddled about three miles offshore to take advantage of a downwind that helped him complete his journey back into Cruz Bay, where he arrived at 4:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

At that point, not only did Perrin remain upright, he joined a cocktail hour in his honor at Motu, where he chatted with patrons. Perrin’s extreme paddle boarding adventure is amazing in its own right, but what makes his feat even more astounding is the fact that Perrin is a kidney transplant survivor. He essentially pioneered the sport of ultramarathon paddle boarding in 2011, when he decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the transplant by competing in a 340-mile-long kayak race — on his paddle board.

“It was a huge challenge, and I didn’t know what the impact would be; I just looked at it as a personal celebration,” said Perrin. “Out of 117 kayaks, I was the only paddle boarder and I placed 34th. I shocked people.”

Since then, Perrin has paddled thousands of miles in various races and expeditions, and ultramarathon paddling has taken on a life of its own. Perrin’s circumnavigation of St. Thomas and St. John was a kick-off of sorts for an event that St. John Brewers and Vertical Oar are planning for next year.

“We have some other things planned including an event next year that will essentially be a combination race/adventure challenge,” said Pesare. “We’re trying to incorporate Survivor meets the Amazing Race meets stand up paddle boarding meets eco-challenge. We’re going to try and bring business to the Virgin Islands while increasing the awareness of what you can do with stand up paddle boarding.”

Stay tuned to VerticalOar.com for more news on the 2015 challenge, or follow St. John Brewers on Facebook for more information.

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feather duster wormI videoed this creature on the reef between Salomon and Honeymoon Beaches. They always fascinate me, because they certainly don’t look like worms to me. The worm attached itself to a rock or  coral by a hard shell-like tube. The feathery tentacles protrude, but will quickly withdraw to the safety of the tube if threatened.

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Education Officials on Hot Seat as Senate Discusses Guy Benjamin School Closure

The senators at Monday’s Education and Workforce Committee meeting pushed and prodded Education Department officials about the Guy Benjamin School closure but came away unsatisfied with the answers.

PSC Board Approves LEAC Decrease

During a lengthy meeting Monday night, the Public Services Commission approved a drop in electric and water Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause rates, reducing the average residential bill by 53 cents a month.

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On Island: Jayne Schaeffer is Park’s New Deputy Superintendent

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With the dissipation of the Sahara dust that has been over the territory, yesterday’s skies were brilliantly clear and blue. The forecast for tomorrow, however, is for another even stronger bout with the sandstorms over the African dessert. Consequently, I took advantage of the small window to shoot a short video from the popular photographer’s perch at the Trunk Bay Overlook.

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Pride of Barbados

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Officers arrest man at King Airport after he refused captain’s request to disembark plane

Weather Service: Huge wave of Saharan dust headed for territory

Virgin Islands FIT Act supports small biomass, renewables

VINGN Shows Off Super-Fast Broadband in Demo

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Sahara Dust to Increase Starting Monday

Territory’s Broadband Network Going Live

DOH Confirms Local Chikungunya Case

One of two new ferries ready for action

Scientists studying where fish in V.I. reefs go

St. Croix woman arrested after authorities find 200 marijuana plants on her property

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St. John USVI Flora:Black Caper

When landscaping your property on St. John, a good idea is to think native plants. They’re just as attractive as expensive exotic plants shipped in from Florida nurseries and present far less problems. They are drought resistant. You don’t have to irrigate or water. They’re pest resistant. You don’t have to constantly spray with poisonous chemicals. And in the event of a powerful storm they may be broken or knocked over, but they will come right back  after the storm subsides.

The black caper (Capparis cynopallophora) is a good example of a beautiful native tree that thrives in dry forest conditions. Native to both the Virgin Islands and Florida, some St. Johnians have unnecessarily purchased them from Florida nurseries and had them shipped to St. John.

Black Caper Flowers and Seedpods

The black caper flowers open white and later turn pink

black caper juvenile leaves

The juvenile black caper leaves are quite different that those of the mature tree

black caper pink flowers

The flowers of the black caper are pleasantly fragrant as well as attractive

Black caper seed pod

Seedpod

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Partially open seedpod

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The red-colored inside of the black caper seedpod

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USA Today published their choice for the top five U.S. Virgin Islands dive sites:

St. Croix: Frederiksted Pier
St. Thomas: Cow and Calf
St. John: Eagle Shoals
St. Croix: Butler Bay
St. Croix: Cane Bay

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