June 05-07th 2008
The best day of our Vacation happened today. Got up early, had fresh pancakes for the 5th day in a row. Yum. Then we went to our EcoTour!! This is where they give you a brief briefing as to what you're going to do (Kayaking through Mangrove forest, hiking along the beach and snorkeling in protected waters of a coral fringed mangrove nursery) get you to pack as lightly as possible cuz you don't want to sink your kayak, fill you up with fresh water, apply layers of sunscreen and off you go. I've never kayaked before so I was psyched!!!! We ended up being a pretty good team my dad and I except for when he decided to drive an 8 year old kid into the mangrove trees because (in my dad's eyes) he was challenging us. Not once but twice. I apologized shyly to the poor kid for my dad's behaviour after the second time and we paddled our way to first place behind the guide. Once on shore we all took part in a hermit crab race, each picking our respective runners. I called mine Roberrrrrrto. He was feisty, trying to pinch
HELLO, my name is Roberto and I will claw you to shreds if you get too close!!
my fingers every time I picked him up. Of course he lost his drive once the race started where he wouldn't even move an inch. Eh. You win some, you lose some. We went on a nature hike where we were guided through the various vegitation and given a speech on the ecosystem etc ... then went snorkeling. All in all, we were exhausted after our 3 hour adventure. Perfect timing to explore another beach. Sapphire beach. In my opinion Sapphire beach couldn't live up to Magans beach with all it's calypso/raggae beats blasting from local BBQ's and the chill atmosphere that was created by the fact we weren't swarmed by other tourists. Apparently my dad likes the tourist traffik because he prefered Sapphire beach. Not to say that we were crammed like sardines at this beach, far from it but there were resorts lining the shore along with restaurants and gift shops. Clearly a tourists spot. For dinner we crossed off another restaurant from my list. Couzzins. That day on the Ecotour I encountered a conch (a type of crab that lives in a huge shell like the ones you put to your ear to hear the ocean) so
for dinner, I saw on the menu that they served conch and I just had to have it. Don't call me cruel, it's the nature of things. Conch is very, very tasty btw.
Friday was our last full day on the island and it was my birthday. I wanted to go surfing and to do that we had to find our way to the other end of the island (an area previously NOT explored by us) to a beach called Hull Bay so we hopped into the car after yet another breakfast of pancakes. Mmmm I can never get tired of those. We spent about an hour and a half driving up and down and all around, very frustrated and unable to find this beach. Just as we decided to quit and do something else we found it. This has been our way since we got here. Strange but it works for us. As it turns out the beach was deserted because it's the freakin' off season. I'm notorious for 'trying' to go surfing. Australia was my only successful surf destination. Funny to say "I tried" but I did in; England but it was too bloody cold outside the
water so there was no way I was going in the water, and once again, here because it wasn't the right season. The waves arent' good enough because you need the winter breeze from the north so we began our trek back to the familiar side of the island but had to stop half way because we were both too ill from motion sickness. That, my friends, is how steep, narrow and whindy the roads were. We didn't puke but we were both close!! Once our stomachs caught up with us we decided to go to Coki beach. This beach gets a bad rap and I almost didn't suggest it at all but I thought I shouldn't listen to other peoples reviews when I have never even been myself. Many people were saying that the surrounding area is a dump with tons of garbage and run-down lots but all over Saint Thomas is run-down and dingy looking minus the garbage. It's not trashy at all and neither is Coki beach so folks, try it out. The moment we arrived we were greeted by young men offering to carry lawn chairs out to the beach for us ( for a price
) along with anything else we may want (like snorkel gear, towels, umbellas etc ) again, for a price. We settled on beach chairs and let the sun cook us crispy. I had brought swimming goggles that came in handy so we didn't have to invest in snorkel gear. Coki is very hip and even more touristy than the rest of the beaches. It kinda reminds me of florida where you have to fight for a spot and see many white folks slowly turning an angry red - totally unaware by the fact. This was my dads favourite beach. I liked it better than Sapphire but still prefer Magans beach over them all.
On saturday we managed to cram one more event into our schedule because our plane didn't take off until 2pm. We went to the Butterfly farm. and ate goat water & fish soup at the airport. I don't know if I mentioned this or not in previous entries but I'm kinda surprised my dad is so conservative when it comes to eating. He's a very outgoing and energetic person, loves to travel and has an open mind but not when it comes to food. I ordered
Goat water & fish soup because it sounded so foreign and was a local dish and my dad wouldn't go near it. Turns out its like a kind of broth with chunks of veggies and an interesting combination of meats. Salty, but very yummy. Even on a smoldering day.
Signing out of St Thomas ... back home to Canada.
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