Trail Bandit Email Concerning the Closure of the White Cliffs Trail

St. John Trails: White Cliffs
White Cliffs Trail

Virgin Islands National Park Service Closes White Cliffs TrailBob Garrison’s email concerning the closure of the White Cliffs Trail and 325 acres of the St. John National Park to the public
by Bob Garrison (aka The Trail Bandit)

There is more to the story behind the closure of this area than is being told by the Park Service. The people behind getting this area declared OFF LIMITS are none other than the dynamic duo of Eleanor Gibney and Gary Ray. Eleanor Gibney has a long history on St. John of trying to keep her special places hidden from the rest of us. One comment of hers that I have always liked is ”There are places where people should not go” except her and her friends of course. It seems that Gibney and Ray have been able to secure the White Cliffs as their own private place. Now that they have one place secured, I will bet that there will be others.

The Park Service did note in passing that an effort will be made to get Eugenia Earhartii listed on the federal endangered species list. What they should have told us is that Eugenia Earhartii is not on any endangered species list except the one in the minds of Gibney and Ray. Perhaps the plant should be renamed Eugenia Eleanorii which in English would be Eleanor’s Stopper. That sounds appropriate to me. Gary Ray has other ideas about how to claim more areas to protect without actually having to go there. This would help with Ms. Gibney’s idea of “places where people should not go.”

Gary says:
“Drones could be particularly useful in tropical forests where much of the vegetation and wildlife is hidden from view or hard to survey due to the geography. A drone can fly over large areas of forest, hover over interesting bits, spot wildlife movement, or observe illegal deforestation in real-time to alert authorities. The environmental uses of drones is limited only by the imagination and field needs of the researcher. In the Virgin Islands, endangered species surveys are underway to identify species like Eugenia earhartii, an endemic plant only found on steep, rocky and treacherous slopes. Remote drones could be employed to easily access habitats where the plant might exist thus saving research time and surveyor energy to locate and map the rare species”

Eugenia Earhartii Eugenia Earhartii
Here are a couple of photos of Eugenia earhartii from the illustrious Doctor Gary Ray

Perhaps he has something like the Predator in mind so that the various areas could be watched and any intruders could be eliminated. When the US finally gets itself out of the mess in Afghanistan, these aircraft could be made available to the ever expanding enforcement arm of the VINP.

Another thing that was mentioned by Gerald is that the trail along the White Cliffs is not new. It was used by workers in the 1800s to get back and forth between Europa Bay and Reef Bay. It is a historic trail and not, as the NPS claims a new, illegal trail.

This recently closed area and much of the dry forest area along the south shore of St. John is the home to herds of feral goats. Goats will eat anything and when food supplies get low, they eat everything. Closing this area to a few hikers who want to hike along this beautiful trail will do nothing to save any plant or prevent damage to the soil. The goats are the real culprits. Goats typically move into areas where people don’t go. Perhaps the signs should read “Please stay on the trail to protect rare plants”. This park was created to save the area for the enjoyment of all the people and future generations. It was not created for the sole enjoyment of the team of Gibney, Ray and company.

It is your park. Help fight to keep it open to all.

See St. John source article

St. John Live Music Schedule, Thursday January 31

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Get Right Band
10:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:00 – 11:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band
5:30
776 6378

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00
693-5354

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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NPS Closes Access to 325 Acres on the South Side of St. John

Eugenia Earhartii
Eugenia Earhartii

Virgin Islands National Park closes access to 325 acres on the south side of St. John
In reaction to the illegal improvement of an old Danish Road that ran above the White Cliffs and its connection to one of the many goat trails found in the vicinity of Europa Bay, the Virgin Islands National Park has closed public access to 325 acres on the south side of St. John. The trail in question, known as the White Cliffs Trail, runs through an area of the park that is the habitat of Eugenia Earhartii, which the NPS maintains would be endangered by hikers using the trail.

Eugenia Earhartii or more commonly know as Earhart’s Stopper is a shrub in the genus Eugenia (stopper) which contains 1000 species and belongs to the family of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family). Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. Its floral region is The Virgin Islands.

See St. John source article

Read Bob Garrison’s response to the trail closure

St. John Weather
Overcast with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunrise: 6:52 AM AST – Sunset: 6:12 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule – January 30

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Get Right Band
6:00
779-4982

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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Reef Bay Great House Over the Years

Photo by Jack Boucher 1960

2009

2011

2012

(1933 photo by Jack Boucher, 2009 photo by Gerald Singer, 2011 and 2012 photos by Shaun O’Boyle)

Reef Bay Great House
The Reef Bay Estate House, also known as the Par Force Great House was built in 1832 and reconstructed in 1844. In 1994, it was partially renovated by the National Park Service. After being cleared in 2009, the condition of the historic estate house has been left to deteriorate.

The great house can be accessed via a spur on the Lameshur Bay Trail

Love City Live Tonight
Love City Live – The Ultimate Power Boat Party – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. It’s a beach party only accessible by boat. As one writer put it “A late night of live music and quality rum deserves a proper cool down the next day.”

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%.
Full Moon
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST Sunset: 6:10 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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Virgin Islands History: Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church St. Thomas 1941
After a morning church service on Christmas Day – Jack Delano, photographer – 1941 Dec.

Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church on St. Thomas is the second oldest Lutheran Church in the western hemisphere. As the official church of Denmark, Lutheran ministers arrived with the first settlers and the first services were held in the courtyard of the fort.

In 1754, a church was built outside the fort and began ministering to blacks for the first time. Lutheran Ministers translated the Bible to Creole, and the same minister held services for two separate congregations, one Danish and the other Negro Creole.

The church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1772 and was replaced in 1789 by the Frederik Lutheran Church. The construction was financed by a free black parishioner, Jean Reeneaus.

The original Georgian-style building was reconstructed in 1827 after being destroyed by fire and then again in 1870, after damage suffered in a hurricane.

From “St. Thomas” by Gerald Singer

Things to do — St. Thomas
Mango Tango Presents Works Created in a Small Format
By Source Staff — January 21, 2013
Mango Tango invited artists represented by the gallery to create one to six works in a square foot format. Additionally artisans in Haiti, Guatemala and Panama were given the same invitation to make handicrafts in the small format. The final result is an Art by the Square Foot Exhibition that begins Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. Participating artists include Andrea Anderson, Caroline Duprey, Shari Erickson, Kristen Maize, Adrienne Miller, Mel McCuddin, Merryn McDonald, Kat Stevens, Brenda Sylvia, Mandy Thody and Dana Wylder, as well as a few newcomers…. read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 20%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:08 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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St. John Monday – MKL Day – Inauguration Day

 

St. John Monday Orchid
Monday Morning Orchid – Chocolate Hole, St. John USVI

St. John News
Two Hour Power Outage Monday Morning
What’s there to say? Rates are ridiculously high and service is iffy. Although WAPA is still better than electrical service on neighboring Santo Domingo where the saying is “La luz no se va, se viene.” (The power doesn’t go out, it comes on)

National Park Service Offers Free Admission
Monday By Source Staff — January 20, 2013

Admission to National Park facilities across the Virgin Islands will be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King’s Day.

Those facilities with admission fees include Trunk Bay at V.I. National Park on St. John and Fort Christiansvaern at Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix….

Volunteers Sought For Homeless Count
By Lynda Lohr — January 16, 2013

Volunteers are needed to count St. John’s homeless population across the island on the nationwide Point-In-Time survey to be held Jan. 26. Volunteers are also needed to serve breakfast and conduct interviews from 7 a.m. to noon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Cruz Bay….

Still No Answers to Planning’s July 2012 Coral Bay Enforcement Action
By Lynda Lohr — January 16, 2013

It’s been nearly six months since Planning and Natural Resource Department enforcement officers swept through Coral Bay with guns brandished and what many boaters termed rude behavior. The Planning Department enlisted the help of the Justice Department to investigate, but despite repeated attempts by the Coral Bay boaters to find out the results of that investigation they haven’t gotten any answers….

St. John Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82degrees F.
Winds from the SSE at 5 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 30%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:07 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Sol Driven Train
7:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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St. John Trails: Great Seiban

Baobob Tree, Estate Seiban, St. John US Virgin Islands
Baobob Tree – Estate Seiban 1/17/2013

The Great Seiban

Special Features
The Great Seiban provides a shorter route than taking the L’Esperance Road for those hikers wishing to visit the Seiban Estate or the Baobob Tree.

There are impressive views of Fish Bay and the Fish Bay Valley along the trail.

Getting There:
Heading east on the Fish Bay Road, take the first left after crossing the bridge over the Fish Bay Gut, which is Cocoloba Trail, at the first intersection bear right, staying on the Cocoloba Trail Road. Take the first left and head up the hill to the first switchback. The trail begins there marked by white paint on the utility pole.

Distance: 0.5 mile

Elevations
The Great seiban has a moderate incline with an elevation of about 360 feet at the Fish Bay trailhead and about 580 feet at the intersection of the L’Esperance Road, a gain of 220 feet over the half mile of trail.

About the Trail
An old Danish Road, the Great Sieban, connects the L’Esperance Road at Estate Seiban to Fish Bay. The trail descends from the Sieban Ruins near the baobob tree, following the contour of the Fish Bay Valley and leads to a residential area of Fish Bay.

The hand-built road constructed in colonial times has weathered the centuries well, as can be seen by the good condition of much of the stone retaining walls supporting the lower side of the road.

The Great Sieban passes through shady moist forest with stands of guavaberry, West Indian Birch, genip and turpentine trees underneath which are bromeliads, anthuriums and love leaf.

Trail Condition January 17, 2013:
The trail leading up to the Seiban ruins from Fish Bay is in very good condition, until you reach the upper elevations where guinea grass has overgrown the trail somewhat. The spur trail between the Seiban ruins and the L’Esperance Road is in poor condition. The Seiban ruins are in fair condition. The Grand Stairway is totally overgrown and the view into Fish Bay from the boulders behind the baobob tree is completely obscured by vegetation.

Estate Seiban St. John USVI
Estate Seiban – Grand Stairway – previous image

Estate Seiban Grand Stairway St. John VI
Grand Stairway – Estate Seiban – Present Condition (1/17/2013)

View of Fish Bay from Estate Seiban
View from Baobob Tree – previous image – presently obscured

St. John Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy: Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 20%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 82 degrees F
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:05 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule January 18, 2013

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Sol Driven Train
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

Fatty Crab
Brian Campbell Trio
775-9951

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
Slammin
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:30 – 9:30
779 4982

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Frenchtown, St. Thomas

Frenchtown Card Game, St. Thomas VI
Photo by Jack Delano 1941
General Store
Photo by Jack Delano 1941

Frenchtown, St. Thomas
During the 17th and 18th century, religious intolerance in France led to a horrible epoch of persecution for French Protestants, know as Huguenots. Their churches, homes, bibles and hymn books were burned and their children were taken away to be brought up by Catholic nuns. Thousands were burned at the stake, tortured, sent to sea to serve as galley slaves or condemned to prisons where chances of survival were slim.

An estimated 250,000 Huguenots lost their lives, while another 250,000 were able to leave France and settle elsewhere. One of these havens was the French West Indian Island of St. Bartholomew, better known as St. Barts.

A rocky and infertile landscape and lack of other economic opportunities led many of the descendants of the original refugees to emigrate to St. Thomas where they established two diverse communities, one alongside the harbor just south of downtown Charlotte Amalie that became known as Frenchtown and the other on the hills and valleys on the north side of the island.

French Village, a small settlement on St. Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Fishermem bailing their boats after the day's catch.Delano, Jack, photographer. CREATED/PUBLISHED 1941 Dec.
Photo by Jack Delano 1941

The people of Frenchtown often turned to the sea for sustenance. The small village is famous for its fishing industry as well as for its fine restaurants. The Northside community, centered in Dorothea, Mandahl and Hull Bay, combines fishing with agriculture as a way of life.
(From the book, “St. Thomas,” by Gerald Singer)

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory
Overcast with a chance of rain.
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 20%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:04 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degrees F

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Three Neighborhoods to Receive First Street Names, Addresses
By Source Staff — January 15, 2013

Three V.I. communities – one each on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix – have been selected to be the first in the territory to get actual street names and standard addresses this year, according to a news release from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor…. read more

St. John Visitor Dies at Leinster Bay
By Lynda Lohr — January 15, 2013

A V.I. National Park Service official on Tuesday identified Steve Rock, 60, of Enola, Penn., as the visitor who died Sunday near Waterlemon Cay at Leinster Bay on St. John.

“He was snorkeling alone,” according to Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule – Wednesday January 16

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Inner Visions
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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St. John Trails: Lagoon Way

turk head
Turk’s Head Cactus growing on top of cliff along the Lagoon Way Trail
The trail is marked to help you find your way.
The trail is marked to help you find your way.

A visitor to the blog sent me an email regarding a hike that I had not known of before. It’s out on the East End and runs along the cliffs of Red Point and then up to the hilltop. Someone has named it “Lagoon Way.”

Warnings:
This is not a National Park Trail. It goes through private property, although there are apparently no attempts to restrict public access at the present time.

The trail down to the pond is steep and rocky, so be careful not to slip on loose rocks or to attempt this trail on wet rainy days.

Parts of the trail are extremely narrow and will take you right on the edge rocky cliffs, so if you suffer from acrophobia,forget about it. Otherwise, be especially careful, a slip here could result in severe injury or worse.

Wear good shoes as there are suckers and other cacti along much of the trail.

gary seatHow to get there:
Take the East End road the the end of East End. Turn left onto the dirt road past Sloop Jones and then take the low road on the right to the end where you’ll see a bench with a painted sign saying “Gary’s Seat.

Just to the right of the bench is a steep trail that heads down to the salt pond below. There is a knotted line placed there to aid you down the steep beginning of the trail.

View from trail to the salt pond
View from trail to the salt pond

Walk down to the bottom of the trail which will take you to the salt pond behind the beach at Pond Bay.

“Right before you get to the beach, you should stay left, and not walk through the gate to Scott and Sabrina’s house. And after this left turn, look for a right just before you get to the flat. That will take you out to the beach. If you keep straight you’ll find the saltpond which is interesting in its own way.” Added by Ed Gibney 1/15

Once you reach the pond make your way to the rocky beach and walk along the shore to your left.

  wave

lagoon wayAt the east end of the beach you’ll come to a trail going up towards the rocky headland marked with a sign post reading “Lagoon Way.”

This trail will take you to the edge of the cliffs along Red Point. The trail is narrow, rocky and extremely close to the cliff edge. Be careful!

The views from here are (what adjective to use here?) – impressive, dramatic – most definitely.

 cliff rocky point  cliff top trail

outlook treeWalk along the cliff-side trail until it turns to head up the hillside. Watch out not to step on suckers or other cacti. The trail leads through a cactus scrub environment uphill until you come to another signpost with options to head for an overlook or to continue on to the top of the hill where an old turpentine tree stands.

You can continue hiking at the Turpentine Tree and the trail will loop back to the one you came up on.

Cactus on the trail up  to the hilltop
Cactus on the trail up to the hilltop

Touching Christmas Bush, a cousin of Poison Ivy, should be avoided
Touching Christmas Bush, a cousin of Poison Ivy, should be avoided

View of Coral Bay
View of Coral Bay

Old Lignum Vitae Tree alongside the trail
Old Lignum Vitae Tree alongside the trail

Maran Bush: whats left after the goats eat everything else; also good for pot scrubbing
Maran Bush: what’s left after the goats eat everything else; also good for pot scrubbing

View of Norman Island in the BVI seen from overlook near hilltop
View of Norman Island in the BVI seen from overlook near hilltop

St. John Live Music Schedule – Monday January 18

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00
714-6169

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

See Weekly Music Schedule

 

St. John Weather
Overcast with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degrees F
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:02 PM AST

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St. John Trails: Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail

Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail

Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
I’ve identified almost 100 trails throughout St. John each with its own advantages, highlights  and challenges. One trail that almost everyone could enjoy is the Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail also known as the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail. It’s relatively easy, only a half mile in length, no real hills and cool forest shade. Moreover, much of it is even handicap accessible. The highlights of the trail include the remains of an historic sugar and bay rum factory, a walk through a aromativ bay rum forest, an old Danish graveyard, a several specimens of dry forest flora including mammee apples, mangos and a cocoa tree, sometimes bearing their red chocolate fruits.

To help answer the question, “which trail should I choose today,” check out St John Off the Beaten Track

St. John News
Maho Bay Blog
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
land update

We don’t know much and the future is still very unclear, but this is the latest newsletter sent concerning the land we sit on:

Dear Campers, Staff and All Interested,

We have just discovered that the property which Maho Bay Camps sits upon has officially been sold.  The only information that has been released, is that a direct sale to an unknown buyer took place on 12/27/2012 for $13,950,000.  No one is releasing any more details.  We do not know who they are or their intentions.  All we know is that we are only taking reservations until we close on May 15, 2013.  We will continue to update you as we find out more.

We hope you have a blessed New Year and get to come visit us one last time.

Cool Article
St. John Surfers Devon O’Neil and Galen Stamford challenge the snow-covered mountains of Colorado
Riding the Wave by Devon O’Neil

St. John Weather
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy.
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 20 to 25 mph
Chance of rain 20%.
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 83 dgrees F
Sunrise: 6:52 AM AST – Sunset 5:57 PM AST

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St. John Beaches: Lameshur Bay

Lameshur Bay St. John VI
Lameshur Bay

Ruin at Lameshur BayLameshur Bay
Lameshur Bay, the next beach to the west of Salt Pond Bay is another good option for those seeking to escape the waves that occasionally effect the beaches of St. John’s north shore. It’s a good choice for those who would prefer not to have a hike to the beach as, unlike Salt Pond Bay, you can park right alongside the beach. Lamesur also has ruins to explore and access to two hiking trails, the Lameshur Bay Trail and the Bordeaux Mountain Trail.

Wondering which beach to go to today? Check out the St. John Beach Guide

St. John News
V.I. Government Addresses AA Liquor Box Charges
By Lynda Lohr — January 2, 2013
Fearing that a change is afoot in American Airline’s policy of waiving the checked bag fee for one box of liquor, Gov. John deJongh Jr. wrote to an airline official urging that the free checked box continue to be allowed.

“There have been lots of rumblings by visitors who understand the waiver may be removed,” Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty said Wednesday. Doty said liquor purchased at the airport store located past the passenger inspection area can be carried onboard, but people who buy it elsewhere have to check the box because it contains more than the three ounces allowed to be carried on in a quart-sized plastic bag.

Making people pay to check their liquor box will have a big impact, Doty said. “It becomes a significant cost to the traveler.”… read more

St. John Weather
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers.
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the North at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon.
Chance of rain 20%.
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 84 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule Friday January 4

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Inner Vision
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

High Tide
Inner Visions
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
Slammin
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:30 – 9:30
779 4982

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