Christmas Winds

St. John US Virgin Islands Weather
The Sheep are in the Meadow

Around this time of year the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the strong trade winds that are currently passing over St. John. The seas are rough, but the breezes are refeshing.

I just came back from St. Thomas on my trusty Carib 15 and the waves were high and steep, the wind was whistling and white caps were everywhere. As the old salts would say to describe the situation, “the sheep are in the meadow.

Westin Resort Update
Repairs from Otto’s flooding are coming along nicely at the Westin on St. John. The pool is filled, cleaned and resurfaced, the Beach Café is open again, the tennis courts are about half completed with brand new surfaces, the Kids Club and game room have been combined into one room while the Kids Club room is being repaired, but for now there are two operational video games in one half of the room and some facilities for the kids in the other half.

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St. John Events: Flavors 2010

Blog and photos courtesy of Yelena Rogers

St. John Virgin Islands: Flavors 2010
The atmosphere at Westin was festive and uplifting. Nicely dressed St. Johnians and visitors from off island enjoyed pleasant evening filled with great fun and scrumptious food and wines.

The aroma of food surrounded you from the very first steps of the ballrooms. Upon arrival, you were presented with an empty plate and glass, which you would want to fill up right away. Strategically positioned wine stations were providing perfect pairings for delicious foods from St. John restaurants.

Highlights of the evening were miniature plates of surf ‘n’ turf by Asolare, pan seared sea scallops over risotto by the Westin, grilled shrimp by Banana Deck, Ossobuco ravioli by DiLivio and pulled pork sandwiches by Tap Room.

The best mixed drinks were made by Happy Fish, Castaways, Asolare and Westin.

Westin’s desserts were out of this world!

In addition to great foods and wines, “Flavors 2010” guests enjoyed the silent auction with great donations from the island’s artists and businesses as well as music and disco dancing.

Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to the Rotary Club that put together the event, the proceeds of which will go to the Rotary’s college scholarship program.

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Westin Resort Update and Petroglyphs Video

St. John, Virgin Islands – Westin Pool Back in Service
There’s a good deal of interest out there about the progress the Westin is making on repairing the damages caused by last month’s flooding. Crews are out working and the the resort is looking better every day.

A big stride forward is the fact that he pool is back in service.

We’ll keep you posted…

In the previous post I presented a video of the big waterfall above the Petroglyph falls. My video of the actual Petroglyph Falls just finished processing.

Petroglyph Waterfalls – video taken 11/11/2010

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St. John Trails: Petroglyph Waterfall

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Petroglyphs Waterfall - photo by Yelena Rogers

Petroglyph Trail, St. John US Virgin Islands


Despite the heavy rains, the Reef Bay Trail for the most part remained in fairly good condition, at least up to the Petroglyph and Lameshur Bay intersections.

The use of strategically placed stone culverts to deflect the water to the side of the trail and thus preventing the erosion that would be caused if the water just was allowed to run down the trail, did their jobs well.

This is not to say that you didn’t have to cross some rapidly running guts that were flowing over the trail.

Petroglyph Waterfalls

It was definitely worth the effort as the Petroglyph waterfall was spectacular!

Upper Falls

It was so good that I decided to brave the steep, muddy, slippery path that leads to the top of the falls and to the bottom of another waterfall that appeared to be about twice the height of the Petroglyph Falls.

Video of waterfall located just above the Petroglyph Falls

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St. John Sunset

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St. John Sunset Wednesday 11/10/2010 - Photo by Yelena Rogers

St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI)
The adage goes, “red sky at night, sailors delight.” So if folk wisdom prevails, tomorrow should be a beautiful day.

The official forecast, however, calls for “numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning…then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon” and even a Flash Flood Watch, which remains in effect through Friday morning…

Rain, rain, go away. Come back again some other day.

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St. John Nostalgia: Cruz Bay Branch of Chase Manhattan Bank 1965

St. John USVI branch of Chase Bank 1965
Cruz Bay Branch of Chase Manhattan Bank 1965

Cruz Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
It wasn’t until 1958 that St. John had its own bank. Before that year, people had to go over to St. Thomas to do their banking. Largely through the efforts of St. John administrator, George Simmonds, and Senator Julius Sprauve, the first Virgin Islands senator from St. John, the West Indies Bank and Trust Company was persuaded to open a branch on St. John. Senator Sprauve sweetened the pot by offering rental space to the bank at a reasonable rate.

In 1962, The West Indies Bank and Trust Company was taken over by Chase Manhattan Bank.

The photograph above was taken in 1965 and was provided by Bob Garrison, aka the Trail Bandit.

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