Best Trunk Bay Overlook Photobomb ever

October 30th, 2014

Can you imagine the visitors reactions at the Overlook who didn’t know anything about the Ziggy the Piggy story when they saw this?

Ziggy just moved back to the states, after about four years of island life.

You can follow his adventures at the Ziggy the Traveling Piggy blog here.







Passing the culture on to kids

October 29th, 2014

Here’s a nice press release from the Friends of the VI National Park that made the rounds.

It’s about a program called “Passing the Torch,” done with the St. John Historical Society with a grant from the National Park Foundation.

Local “cultural bearers” are showing kids at Gifft Hill and Sprauve schools everything from how do make traditional crafts to how to make Johnny cakes.

The students will get to show off their newly-learned skills at Annaberg and Cinnamon Bay Campground.

Read the press release and details here.







Ferries make Sen. Coburn’s Wastebook

October 28th, 2014

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn’s annual roundup of wasteful government spending, his “Wastebook,” includes one of your favorite projects: The new passenger ferries.

The list of the 100 most wasteful uses of taxpayer money ($25 billion in all) ranks Cruz Bay 1 and Red Hook 1 at #49 on the list.

Aside from cost overruns, smaller passenger capacity than planned and the obvious fact that they aren’t regularly running, the Wastebook points out several other problems.

“Elected officials in Washington State questioned why their state, with the largest ferry network in the nation, was shut out from an early round of stimulus funding while millions went to the Virgin Islands. Federal officials responded by stating the urgency of the need – a point which the island government seems to have missed.”

You can jump right to the entry about the ferries by clicking here.

(No photo credit to the Spice Cam by the way.)

You can also access this year’s entire Wastebook report by clicking on it below. (Image: Office of Senator Tom Coburn.)







Salt Pond is favorite hike

October 27th, 2014

Salt Pond is overwhelmingly your favorite hike.

Never been? Check out Salt Pond Bay, below…







There’s the Gifft Hill bus schedule

October 24th, 2014

The schedule for the Gifft Hill VITran bus run that stops at Rock Ridge Road just showed up on the door at Connections.

You can’t read this picture, but it says the Gifft Hill run leaves the clinic southbound hourly at 15 past the hour starting at 5:15 am through 11:15 am, then again at noon, then again hourly at 15 past the hour starting at 1:15 through 8.

Gifft Hill run leaves the Cruz Bay dock eastbound hourly starting at 5:50 am through 8.

There’s also a schedule for the Cruz Bay to and from Salt Pond run.

Good luck adventurers.







What you get for under $130K

October 23rd, 2014

Two nice half-acre lots on Ironwood Road in Upper Carolina are listed at $125,000 and $130,000.

“Both have classic Coral Bay views, high elevation, breezes and large trees,” says Cruz Bay Realty’s Gretchen Labrenz. “They are located in a nice neighborhood with paved roadways.”

You also get deeded beach rights at Johnson Bay.

Click here for more information.







North Shore Deli open for business

October 22nd, 2014

There’s a new deli in town. The North Shore Deli opened Saturday at Mongoose Junction.

It takes over the former Deli Grotto space.

Lots of new things on the menu and it looks like a nod to some old favorites as well. (Click.)







Do you hike on St. John?

October 21st, 2014

There are at least three dozen well-maintained hiking trails on St. John and several others for the truly adventurous.

The Reef Bay Trail to the Petroglyphs is probably the most popular and well known, along with our favorite, the short hike from Cruz Bay to Salomon Beach.

If you’re a hiker, what’s your favorite trail? Here are 12 of the most popular. Vote – or add others, along with your hiking experience advice or observations, in the comments. Give non-hikers a reason to try.








Beach Break: Brown Bay

October 20th, 2014

You’ve got to hike here and the water is grassy under foot, but Brown Bay is a beautiful spot.

See for yourself, below…







There goes Joe’s

October 16th, 2014

Cruz Bay’s restaurant scene is down to just two “Joe’s” now ( Uncle Joe’s, Joe’s Rum Hut), with tasty Joe’s Diner now disassembled to make room for a new restaurant.

Joe’s Diner survived a lot, including a fire that gutted its upstairs neighbor Cafe Roma last year.

Joe’s had darn good fried chicken. In memory of:







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