Angie and Patti are still in so we are at Paradise Point doing the
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Well yesterday I cleaned and vacuumed the pool prior to going sailing. On the way to Red Hook it was raining. When we got home yesterday evening there was a fine layer of dust all over the pool deck as well as in the pool, the patio and the porch. Apparently Montserat is at it again. When it rained it literally washed the ash out of the sky depositing it all over everything here. Here is a link to the Montserrat Observatory Sight and a direct quote about the new event.
Montserrat Volcano Observatory
Activity Report – 29 July 2008
There has been a partial dome collapse on the west side of the Soufriere Hills Volcano.
The collapse started at 11:27 pm local time on Monday 28th July 2008 without any precursory activity. Part of the western side of the lava dome collapsed generating pyroclastic flows that reached Plymouth and the sea.
There were also a few explosions from the dome during the collapse, with the largest at approximately 11:32 pm.
The height of the ash column was estimated at 12 kilometres (40,000 feet) above sea level.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Here is a video we did the last time we sailed with Forever Young.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Of course we had stop at the smoothie shop. Yummy!! On our way to Coral Bay to Skinnys for lunch.
BTW - we had a celebrity sighting at Maho. Mike Mullen of "Keep Left" was hanging on the beach and started a conversation with us. Then he realized who we were (he reads our blog) We had a good laugh and some good conversation. Too funny. Small planet.
We are on St. John for the day. We rented a jeep from Varlack Ventures. They were super nice to deal with.. Definitely recommend them. We stopped at JJs for a little breakfast and then drove the north shore road and stopped at all the obligatory scenic overlooks and then decided to stop at Maho. More to come!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Well we were on our way to Fat Turtle for dinner but there is a huge
benefit at Yacht Haven and couldn't get a parking space. So we parked
at Haven Sight and walked to Captain Mayhem. We plan on walking to Fat
Turtle after we eat for some dancin' and a few adult beverages.
Angie and Patti spent the day dowtown walking the 99 steps and
visiting the "local" establishments so they're ready to go! WooHoo!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We fixed some steak this evening on the grill, captain Gary is in town. So after dinner we broke out the left over 40 year old port from the Griswald Caribbean Adventure. Gary is going to be here a couple of days then he is heading over to Tortola go boating with his family for a few days then he and is brother are going to pull his brothers boat out for Hurricane season and do some work on it.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
They can take out as many as 18 passengers, they do both private charters (like we did) or individuals. You can check out their web page http://www.stjohndaysail.com/ for more information.
Here's a short little video I did of our trip....enjoy!
Well, somehow we got the car running again. After Jay put oil in it, it still wouldnt start so we needed to get a jump. We drove it to the villa and it died again! After we got back from our boat trip, Jay discovered the problem was a blown heater hose. Apparently it over heated but never showed hot on the gauge. So he bypassed the heater to fix the leak and put water back in the radiator. We drove it home and it appears its running ok. Jay is going to look everything over this evening to make sure. Whew! Close call on that one.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Well, we got the car started long enough to get to the villa then it died again. We left it and came to the boat. We'll deal with it later!!
The food and drinks on nightwind is very good so I'm going to go enjoy a little breakfast.
We (Jay got the day off) were on our way to meet the Griswalds for another day on Nightwind when the car just stopped in the middle of the intersection and would not restart. Smoke started coming out of the hood...not a good sign. Jim, our new neighbor, was with us so he and Jay got out of the car and pushed it to the side. Jay checked the oil and there was none! Its had a small oil leek for awhile and Jay kept saying he needed to check it but just kept forgetting. This
really sucks. They walked to a gas station to see if they had any oil but the motor is probably done. I said to put a FOR SALE sign on it and leave it were it is and go to the boat!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Well in the spirit of my Dell posts, Blogger has turned into a nightmare. We have no support, their help makes Dell look good. I posted on their forum a couple of days ago, when I could still get there from the computer and Deb read it from work and said I was flamed for not being nice. So now our only means of posting is the iPhone via email. So I thought I would post this here in case anyone from Blogger is listening. From what I can tell there are some DNS issues with some recent microsoft updates and Blogger is a victim of this. I would think they could put some pressure on and take care of it but their customer support people are to busy policing proper
posting rules on their help forum.
So we will do our best to keep the content up while we weigh our options.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Here is the view from the water looking back up at the house. We snorkled off the pier and then swam around a point over to the beach in Frenchmans Bay. Its a private beach that a few villas share. We were the only ones there, it was really nice. If you are looking for a villa in St. Thomas, I would definitly check this one out.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
We stayed for the fireworks on St. John yesterday. We hung out in front of the Beach Bar and had excellent view of the show. They did a really good job and we really enjoyed it.
Getting back on the ferry was a different story. I've never seen so many people trying to get on the ferry. The line was stretched all the way down to Connections! They had several ferries lined up ready to go so we eventually got on one and made it back to STT. But it was all worth it because we had a great time on STJ.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
So I thought I would put my .02 in. The best way to handle the new schedule is to depart the plane, stop by the rum booth to get your welcome drink. Then go to the baggage area, there is a bar there were you can get a good bushwhacker. Then hopefully you have brought half the stuff and twice the money so you won't have to actually wait for the baggage conveyor. If you have carry on only then go directly to the taxi stand, get in the cab and go to Red Hook to catch the Ferry. If you have baggage then get the baggage go to the taxi stand, get in the cab and go to Red Hook to catch the Ferry. I chose Red Hook for a couple of reasons. First even with the lighter schedule there are more runs from Red Hook than down town. Second there is a bar in the Red Hook terminal, so if the "Next Ferry" happens to be a couple of hours wait then there are tings to do, like have another bushwhacker or six. The bottom line is some of the Ferry's are running some aren't, it really doesn't matter, when you get to the terminal you will get on the next one. You have no control over the flight arrival time, the Ferry departure time or the commute in between. So get a Bushwhacker, or any other island drink you like settle down and get there when you do.
If you absolutely need to know then here is a link, St Thomas Source to an article in the paper that tries to explain the new deal. By the way bring some dimes because the new rate of $6.10 is a really bad idea, and you will likely hear change soon come.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Well the pool is almost back to normal. Its still a little cloudy but we're going through the Floc and vacuum regiment so its getting better with each round. Should be ready by this weekend when the family arrives.
On another note, the apartment is rented. The new tenant, Jim, arrives on Saturday. He works for the same company that Shaunda works for. We've had several email conversations and he seems really nice.
So between the holiday, new tenant and family, its going to be a pretty big weekend. Good thing I took some days off...I don't have to be back at work until next Thursday, WooHoo!!
BTW - Jay is off tomorrow so we're going diving with Admiralty!!