Caneel Hill Trail: The Aerobic Perspective

The Caneel Hill Trail Aerobic Workout

Caneel Hill Trail Map

If you’re looking for an outdoor alternative to your normal aerobic gym workout, you might want to give the Caneel Hill Trail a try.

There are two ways to do this:

The longer way is to start from the beginning of the Caneel Hill Trail, which can be found  about 20 yards past the Mongoose Junction parking lot in Cruz Bay. From there to the Caneel Hill summit is about 0.8 miles with a rise in elevation of 719 feet.

Caneel Hill Spur Trail

The somewhat shorter way is to begin the hike at the parking area for the Caneel Hill Spur Trail located just off the North Shore Road (Route 20) at the top of the first hill just past the Asolare Restaurant and Estate Lindholm where the main road intersects with the road to the VI National Park Housing. This will cut 200 feet of elevation and about a tenth of a mile of distance off the previous option.

Either way the hike is a steep climb. Anyone who uses aerobic gym machines will find this hike every bit as challenging as being on a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike or stair climber. If you’re in fairly good condition and moving vigorously, you’ll be able to complete the climb in less than 20 minutes. You should experience a good rise in heart rate and generate a serious sweat.

Just about 100 yards from the top, there’s a bench with a good view to the north. Continuing on to the summit, you’ll find a viewing platform with spectacular vistas and refreshing breezes. This is an excellent place to rest, stretch and hydrate before your descent.

Unlike the gym, you’ll be in a natural outdoor environment and you will find the hike up to the top of Caneel Hill to be a rewarding and worthwhile change of pace.

Enjoy!

Live Music on St. John Wednesday, February 23

Castaways – Steve & Friends – 7:30 – 777-3316
High Tide – T-Bird and Kenny – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Inn at Tamarind CourtCraig Greenberg – 7:00 – 776 6378
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

A word of caution to my visitors: 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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Press Release:

7:00 pm Tuesday March 15th: Free film screening at SPUTNIKS IN CORAL BAY
A TRIBUTE TO ANNIE LOVE:

(2010, 8 minutes) a short film by Jeremy Garza and Trent Myers.  This film documents the event that took at Rhumb Lines in memory of Annie Love on June 6, 2009.

HEART OF THE SEA
(57 min) 2002by Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde)
HEART OF THE SEA is a portrait of Rell “Kapolioka’ehukai” Sunn, who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, at home in Hawaii Rell achieved the stature of an icon—not only for her physical power, grace and luminous beauty, but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

By the time she lost a 15 year battle with breast cancer, Rell’s legacy had grown far beyond athletic feats. HEART OF THE SEA tells her larger-than-life story.

Bring your own folding chair.

For more information:
www.stjohnfilm.com
info@stjohnfilm.com

715-0551

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St. John Happenings

St. John Photos of the Day

St John USVI Sunrise

St John MoonrisePress Release: St. John Relay for Life
February 19 – 20
Schedule of Events
http://www.stjohnrelayforlife.org/

4:00 pm 2/19 Opening Ceremony & Invocation (Pastor Sampson)
4:15 – 5:00 Pan In Motion- 1st Lap with Survivors
5:00 – 6:00 Shane Mead and the Sounds
Activity Mardi Gras Lap
6:00 – 7:45 Survivor Dinner 6:00 -7:00 Chris Robert ( Classical guitar)
7:00 – 9:00 Ah We Band
8:00 – 8:20 Cirque-tacular
Activity Super Hero Lap
9:00 – 9:30 Luminaria Ceremony
9:30 – 10:00 Gift Hill School Dancers
Activity Best Hat Lap
10:00 – 11:00 Koko & Sunshine Band
Activity Toga Lap
11:15 – 12:45 am 2/20 The Ish
Activity He- Lady and the She- Dude Lap
1:00 – 1:20 Cirque-tacular
1:00 – 1:45 Slammin
Activity Dance Lap
2:00 – 4:00 Cool Sessions
Activity Hula Lap
4:15 – 5:15 Inner Visions
Activity Hot Potato Lap
3:00 – 3:20 Cirque-tacular
Activity Stilletto Lap
5:15 – 6:15 Cat, Wanda, T- bird
Activity Victor and Victoria Secret Lap
6:15 – 6:45 Classic Rock with John
7:00 – 8:00 Mark Wallace
Activity Team Activity Best Wig
8:15 – 9:15 Lauren
9:20 – 9:40 Cirque-tacular
10:00 am Closing Ceremony

Live Music on St. John Saturday, February 19

Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 7:00 – 777-3316
Larry’s Landing – Shane Meade & the Sound – 10:00 – 693-8802
Morgans Mango – Luba – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinnylegs – 6:00 – 9:00 – Hot Club of Coral Bay  779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution to my visitors: 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.

Weekly Music Schedule

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Happy Valentines Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and where better to be in love than here in Love City, St. John US Virgin Islands!

Live Music on St. John Today, Monday, Valentine’s Day February 14

High Tide – Stephen Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
La Tapa – Samba Combo – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-7755
Maho Bay Camps – Daddy Chin and the Wailers – 7:00 – 10:00 – 715-0501
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:30= 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00

A word of caution to my visitors: 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.

Weekly Music Schedule

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St. John News: Ivan’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Ivan’s Stress Free Bar and White Bay Campground’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Ivan Chinnery Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands
Ivan Chinnery

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Ivan Chinnery and friends will be celebration the 20th anniversary of Ivan’s Stree Free Bar and White Bay Campground today. There will be food, drinks and music performed by the Fiddle and Chris Carsel.

Read the New York Times article about today’s event on Jost

Live Music on St. John Today, Sunday, February 13

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach BarInner Visions – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Miss Lucy’s– Live Music – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – David on Guitar -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
Westin Pool – Daddy Chin and the Wailers – 1:00 – 4:00 – 693-8000

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St. John Happenings: Sunday Brunch at Miss Lucys

Miss Lucys St. John Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch at Miss Lucys, Coral Bay, St. John

Miss Lucy's Sunday Jazz BrunchBetween 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sundays, the place to be on St. John is Miss Lucy’s Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Enjoy the good food and listen to the cool jazz presented by Rich Greengold and Eddie Bruce.

Photos courtesy of Yelena Rogers

Rich Greengold
Rich Greengold on Sax

Eddie Bruce
Eddie Bruce on Guitar

Live Music on St. John Today, Friday, February 11

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace  – 5:30 – 8:30  – 776-5336
Beach BarCraig Greenberg – 9:00 – 777-4220
High Tide – John Lee  – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714 6169
Island BluesWork of Art – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – Live Music – 10:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Loren, Guitar & Vocal – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Luba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Shipwreck – Cristobel and the Jons – 9:00 – 11:00 – 693-5640
Skinnylegs – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982
Tap Room – The Ish  – 9:00 – 998-1333
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution to my visitors: 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.
Weekly Music Schedule

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St. John Happenings

St. John Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

Caneel Hill Tower, St John Virgin IslandsCaneel Hill Viewing Tower
Caneel Hill Trail
St. John Virgin Islands

St. John Virgin Islands Press Release

St. John Film Society

Free Movie Night
February 22, 7:30 pm
St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater (80 min) 2008
The filmmakers will be present for questions and answers after the screening.

This award-winning documentary tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy – a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

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Signs of Spring on St. John

A mid-winter  storm is causing 12,000 cancellations at the Chicago Airport and New York City’s forecast is for “freezing drizzle and sleet … then freezing rain and sleet …,” but here on St. John, I’m seeing the unmistakable signs of springtime.

Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing and love is in the air…

Signs of Spring

St. John Springtime
Aloe Flower - Hummingbirds Soon Come

St. John Signs of Spring
Bees Come to Get Water

St John Springtime: Christmas Palm Seeds
Christmas Palm Seeds

St. John Springtime: Areca Palm Seeds
Areca Palm Seeds

Mango Flowers
Mango Flowers

Coconut Palm
Coconuts
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St. John Trails: Europa Point Revisited 1/31/2011

St. John Trails: Europa Point TrailSpectacular Views – Relatively Easy Hike
The Europa Point Trail, which is the first spur trail off of the Lameshur Bay Trail, leads to a vantage point high up on the point from where you can enjoy beautiful views of St. John’s south shore.

This is a great hike for those that are looking for a relatively easy hiking experience. Begin the hike at the eastern entrance to the Lameshur Bay Trail, where you’ll find the ruins of a hundred year old bay rum factory and an older sugar mill.

Europa Point Trail SignHere the Lameshur Bay Trail runs through a low lying area adjacent top the shoreline. It’s easy going, flat ground and lots of shade. You’ll pass by an old tamarind tree, on your left, split in two by lightning years ago.

Not far after passing the tamarind tree and before the trail begins its incline you’ll come to the entrance of the Europa Point Trail, now marked by a trail sign.

The approximately one-quarter-mile Europa Point Trail runs through a flat dry forest environment before rising into cactus scrub and guinea grass.

View east from Europa Point
View East

The trail ends at a lookout next to a narrow gorge.

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