The brown hillsides all around St. John are dotted with bursts of bright red.
Summer is blooming season for the Flamboyant tree, and the tree (the Royal Poinciana) is hearty and drought tolerant.
The Flamboyant’s spread across the Virgin Islands started in the late-1940’s, or so the story goes, when a St. Thomas businessman and a pilot friend took to the skies and dispersed seeds all across the territory.
Flamboyant trees and water trucks have something in common right now. They are both doing very well.
We made it this far without buying water, but we were down to less than three feet in the cisterns.
One phone call. One hour later, one truck, 4,300 gallons of water and 12 minutes to transfer it.
St. John Water is the Domino’s pizza of water delivery.
“If I push, I can do 11 loads a day,” says Vee…who enjoyed an ice cold glass of the water I just bought when he was done. “It will rain, that’s for sure, and then we’ll be out of business for a while.”
They stayed at the fabulous Chateau Margot on Bordeaux Mountain, hit the British Virgin Islands, including White Bay, and got to hang out with Foxy, spent a lot of time touring the North Shore, ate at Coral Bay’s new Indigo grill, and Cruz Bay’s new Vista Mare.
The highlight of the trip might have been the fresh and free seafood.
“I caught a lobster while we were out on charter,” says Leah. “And Sean at Skinny Legs cooked it for us. It was amazing.”