St. John USVI

Wildlife:

  • Deer
  • Mongoose
  • Quail
  • Humming Birds (iridescent blue and green)
  • HUGE spiders
  • Donkeys
  • Iguanas
  • Lizards
  • HUGE butterflies (bird-sized)
  • Hermit crabs
  • Land crabs
  • Other weird looking crabs
  • Coral banded shrimp
  • Barracuda (up to 5 ft)
  • Sea turtles (8)
  • Sea cucumber
  • Squid (hundreds)
  • Crawfish
  • Rays
  • Conch
  • Flounder

Tuesday, June 23rd

After anxiously waiting for Chris to wake up, we packed all of our hiking gear and started to town, choosing the harder trail because of the nicer vistas.  Well, the vistas were magnificent, but the hike was really hard, even for two seasoned hikers.  Turns out that there are two key differences between California hiking and St. John hiking: (1) in St. John, it’s hot and muggy; and (2) it’s uphill, all of it.  Nevertheless, it was beautiful and fun!  Good thing we brought extra water.  We saw our first Gungalo, a millipede that will, according to the locals, “pee in yo eye and blind yo.”  After reaching town, we found a nice outdoor cafe for lunch and got directions from the waitress to a grocery store.  We picked up some provisions (sunblock!) and took a taxi back to Caneel.  After lunch, we donned our snorkel gear and headed over to honeymoon beach.   The snorkeling was fantastic. Continue reading