Christmas comes early for cisterns

There has been wave after wave of drenching downpours interrupted by long, sunny daytime and starry nighttime stretches the last 24 hours.

There was even a great lightning show overnight.

Watching it rain ranks right up there among the most soothing things on St John.

Indiegogo campaign to publish Buster’s book

Cheryl Geller has completed her illustrated book based on the life and times of Buster Keaton Geller, aka Buster the on-eyed rooster, and she’s launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise a little bit of money to get it printed and published.

“After Buster died last year, I promised myself that I would finish his book before the one year anniversary of his death,” says Cheryl. “And I kept that promise.”

Contributing to the Indiegogo campaign gets you a copy of the book. Want it autographed? Absolutely. But that’ll take a little more time to get to you.

Here’s the link to Cheryl’s Indiegogo campaign for “Buster’s Story.”

Vintage USVI Transfer Day video

The USVI is already making plans for what should be a big day this winter: The 100th anniversary of Transfer Day.

The Danish government officially transferred its Virgin Islands to the U.S. government, for the bargain price of $25 million, on March 17, 1917.

The Tourism Department is ramping up a big advertising campaign. The Senate’s working on an official Transfer Day bill. There’s even a Virgin Islands Centennial 2017 Facebook page.

You can read about the history of Transfer Day here.

And check out this old newsreel reporting on Transfer Day in 1917…

Paving part of John Head Road

The North Shore’s infamous John Head Road, a bumpy, rocky, multiple switchback road from Centerline Road to the North Shore Road is getting paved.

At least part of it.

The National Park Service says paving the lower portion of John Head Road will run through October 10 and require its temporary closure to through traffic.

“Paving this portion of the John Head Road will improve driving conditions and greatly reduce water erosion caused by storms,” a NPS announcement says. (Here’s the announcement.)

That road, as gut-jarring as it is, is what’s known as Catherineberg, and is home to some of the nicest villas on St. John, and most definitely some of the nicest views in the Caribbean.

Never tried John Head Road? Come along for the fast-mode ride in this old Jeep Cam.

CBS Sunday Morning features St. John

As part of his ongoing series called Trailblazers of our National Parks, CBS correspondent Conor Knighton spent some time at Caneel Bay.

Yesterday morning Sunday Morning featured his 4 minute piece, telling the story of Lawrence Rockefeller and the origin of St. John’s National Park.

It was a great piece. Check it out…

The Don’t Hurry

Cruzan (CRU-shun) rum’s Welcome to the Don’t Hurry marketing campaign is still going strong.

This is at Wharfside Village. The same theme is at the luggage claim bar at the airport. I wonder if the distributor limits these setups by territory.

Remember this funny Cruzan commercial?

Steel drums at the airport

The St. Thomas airport really stepped up the welcome mat this season.

The Cruzan rum samples have been a regular, not occasional feature. And there is always some kind of entertainment on the weekends. Like these cute kids in a steel drum band…