The waterfalls at the Petroglyphs, fed by the Living Gut, were flowing vigorously after the heavy rains of last weekend. The rains were heavy enough to bring about the dramatic waterfalls, but not so intense as to flood at the guts along the trail making it necessary to wafe through water -flooded sections of the trail in order to reach the Petroglyphs.
The Taino rock carvings known as the petroglyphs, located alongside a fresh water pool in the Reef Bay Valley, are not the only ones to be found here in the northern Virgin Islands.
Taino artisans carved these symbolic pictures on rocks found in areas of obvious spiritual significance. Such petroglyphs exist at Reef Bay on St. John, along the side of a fresh water pool and on the platform cliffs of Congo Cay. The petroglyphs on Congo Cay are extremely weathered and not as clear as the ones at Reef Bay.
It is believed that these carvings represent the natural spirits that resided in these places… read more about Taino spiritual beliefs
Congo Cay is a major nesting area for the Brown Pelican as well as for other seabirds. Goats were once introduced here, but are no longer there. In addition to the rock carvings, Taino pottery shards have been found on the cay.
Campbell to ski for V.I. By AARON GRAY (Special to the Daily News)
Published: January 31, 2014
Her journey to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia was almost as long as her name.
Jasmine Jade Ariel Lyons Campbell – her friends call her “Jazz” – will represent the Virgin Islands at the Olympics next month in the downhill skiing slalom and giant slalom events.
The 22-year-old St. John native took to the sport at a very young age but only became serious about a possible Olympic qualification last year when she took a year off from her studies at Whitman College in Washington to focus on her dream.
She credits her parents for her early love of skiing and, naturally, her unique name.
“I guess they just couldn’t make up their mind,” she said last week from her home in Sun Valley, Idaho. “But it’s OK because I like my name. As for my parents, they have been a driving force for me during this process. I have so much gratitude for them.”
Campbell’s father, John, represented the V.I. in skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Her mother, Jennifer, also an avid skier, could have joined her husband on the slopes in Albertville, France, but she had to take a slight detour.
“A lot of people don’t know this but my mom would have been at the same Olympics as my dad if she didn’t have to give birth to me,” said Jasmine Campbell, who has two older brothers, Ryan, 24, and Ross, 25.
“My mom actually raced in a World Cup race while she was pregnant. I was born a few months before the Games so she had to take care of me.”
The Campbells lived at Chocolate Hole in St. John until Jasmine was 6 years old. Before John Campbell’s business moved the family to Puerto Rico, Jasmine Campbell attended the V.I. Montessori School on St. Thomas and rode the ferry to school every day…. read more
Virgin Islands paddlers fare well at Painkiller Cup St. John Source Published: February 1, 2014
TORTOLA – Virgin Islands Paddle Board teams had a strong showing in the 2014 Painkiller Cup, won by Hawaiian Stand Up Paddling racers Kody Kerbox and Noa Ginella.
Kerbox and Ginella, paddling with Lori Park, made short work of the 14-mile downwind course last week to finish in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, as they were pressured by second-place finishers Team BOGA, comprised of St. Croix’s Bill Kraft and Isabelle Picard, and St John’s Nat Ford.
Although Kerbox paddled a blistering opening leg to win the $750 bonus as the first team to span the Trellis Bay-to-Guana Island leg. Ford closed the gap as the teams headed down Tortola’s North Shore…. Read more
10 Caribbean Adventures in the U.S. Virgin Islands Huffington Post
by Courtney Scott
Senior Editor at Travelocity
As I write this post from my favorite coffee shop in New York City, a.k.a. the frozen tundra, I’m bundled up in two pairs of socks and a wool sweater, my hands heated by an extra hot latte. Today, it’s 15 degrees in New York City, and 85 degrees in the U.S. Virgin islands. So for a moment, I’ll leave chilly NYC behind, and get lost in the sunny memories of my first visit to the Virgin Islands….
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.
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.
It was definitely worth the effort as the Petroglyph waterfall was spectacular!
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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