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May 31, 2005

The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands


My wife and kids negotiating The Baths on Virgin Gorda. It has been over 2 years since we were there I think - time to go back!

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May 27, 2005

Historical Map of St. Croix

Historical Map of St. Croix

This is a really neat old historical map of St. Croix I found on the web. I had to download it a piece at a time and stitch it all together by hand. I am thinking of printing some as posters. It has all the estate and plantation names and locations of all the windmills.

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May 26, 2005

Cloud over St. Thomas

Could over St. Thomas

Just another day in the Virgin Islands - the sun was setting and throwing a beautiful light on this huge cloud.

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May 25, 2005

WICO to shift night traffic to Crown Bay

The Daily News has an article today about the Crown Bay cruise ship dock.

"We will be shifting some of our night traffic into the Crown Bay port," Thomas said, speaking at a session of UVI's 11th annual Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders of the Caribbean. "The West Indian Co. will basically be a daytime operation." "

I think this whole project is in a bit of trouble - I have heard rumors that there are basically no tenants, and the rents are very high. If ships are not regularly scheduled how are the potential tenants going to survive? I want this project to work for the benfit of the island, but it seems to have a long way to go and a lot of hurdles in the way. Read the article here.

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Stingray at Jumbie Bay, St. John

Stingray at Jumbie Bay

Trying this one again. There was a problem last time but I think I have the bugs worked out now. This ray almost swam over over feet. Scared my friends a bit I think -

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May 24, 2005

Copper Mine Point, Virgin Gorda

Copper Mine Point

The Coppper mine ruins on Virgin Gorda.

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May 23, 2005

All of Water Island is now officially part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

From the Daily News:

Gov. Charles Turnbull executed the quitclaim deed for the territory to purchase the final 200 acres of the island owned by the U.S. Interior Department for $10 on Monday, St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator James O'Bryan Jr. said. On Wednesday, the document was officially recorded in the Tax Assessor's Office, solidifying the transfer.

"This is a proud and historic day for the people of the Virgin Islands as we have now taken full ownership of the fourth largest island which comprises the Virgin Islands," Turnbull said in a written statement issued Friday.

Water Island, at 500 acres, is the fourth-largest island in the territory and is located south of the Sub Base area. For years, the federal government leased land on the island to people who developed it over the years. Since the early 1990s, those tenants began purchasing the leased properties - 250 acres in all - directly from the Department of the Interior. Jurisdiction over the land purchased by those owners transferred to the territory when they were sold, and the territory has been receiving property taxes from those lands for several years.

In 1996, the transfer of remaining federal land on Water Island began with 50 acres - most of the island's roads, beaches and other public areas - switching hands from the Interior Department to the territory. The intent was always to eventually transfer all of the government-owned property to the territory, O'Bryan said.

Click here for the whole article.

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Water Lilly, St. George Village Botanical Garden, St. Croix

Water Lilly, St. George Village Botanical Garden, St. Croix

Visit the St. George Botanical Village Garden website.

I think this is a water lilly, if anyone has a more specific description let me know. Took this at the botanical garden a couple of years ago. The garden is great and should be on your to do list if you vacation on St. Croix.

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May 20, 2005

Sugar Estate, St. Thomas

Sugar Estate

Maybe some of you will recognize this view of Sugar Estate. You are looking at where the post office and hospital are now. I think Ronnie sent this to me by email - if I remember correctly this land used to belong to his family. Maybe he can comment on this and fill us in with some more facts.

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May 19, 2005

Cruz Bay, May 2005

Cruz Bay, May 2005

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May 18, 2005

The Baths, Virgin Gorda

Jane at The Baths

The Baths on Virgin Gorda. One of the coolest places in the world. This photo includes the bonus of my oldest, Jane Marie. She is 5 in this photo which was taken about 2 years ago I think.

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May 17, 2005

Storm over Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Storm over Charlotte Amalie

Took this about 3:20 PM here. Thought it was neat because you couldn't see the harbor but you could see all the way to St. Croix on the horizon. The weather hasn't exactly been great lately but for most of the late morning/early afternoon it was just perfect here. More rain is forecast but who knows...

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Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church, Christiansted, St. Croix

Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church

The Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church, built in the 1740s. The floor tiles and grave markers were moved from the former Lutheran Church. The Gothic Revival tower was added in 1831 to the Dutch Renaissance main structure.

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May 16, 2005

Charlotte Amalie at dawn, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie at dawn

Here are a couple of cruise ships coming into the harbor. That is St. Croix on the horizon.

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May 13, 2005

Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coral Bay

Took this back in 2002 I think. Beautiful day, we were on our way back from Salt Pond probably, which is one of my favorite beaches.

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Group Doesn't Want to Give Up Land for St. John

From the St. Thomas Source:

May 12, 2005 Members of the Hassel Island Preservation Trust Inc. are concerned about a proposed land swap between the V.I. government and the V.I. National Park Service. The government is currently negotiating to exchange nine-tenths of an acre of land on Hassel Island for 10 acres of land near Maho Bay on St. John from the National Park Service for the construction of a high school. However, The Hassel Island Preservation Trust doesn't like the proposal because the Hassel Island parcel is the only remaining public land on the approximately 200-acre island, and it houses three historic relics Cowell's Battery on Signal Hill, Fort Willoughby and the Garrison House. The National Park and individuals own the rest of Hassel Island. Rik Van Rensselaer, president of the Hassel Island Preservation Trust, said Thursday his organization was "disgusted" with the government negotiations. "It's all been done quietly," Van Rensselaer said. "We feel the properties on Hassel Island belong to the people, and if they're going to swap it, the decision needs to be made by the people."
There is more here.

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May 12, 2005

Mr. Joe Wife, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Mr. Joe Wife

There is a shell collecting "museum" on Tortola, along the north shore road, east of Apple Bay. The lower half of a conrete house that seems to never have been finished is filled with thousands of shells, room after room of them, lots of other stuff gathered from the sea, and curious home made signs. This is one of my favorites.

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May 11, 2005

Fort Christian, Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

Fort Christian

This is one of my favorite pictures. I probably should be using this on the St. Croix home page.

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May 10, 2005

Charlotte Amalie Harbor At Night, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie Harbor At Night

This is a shot from our apartment, middle of December 2002.

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This really bums me out...

This is from the Source this morning:

Gun Violence Interrupts Sunday at the Beach

by Shaun A. Pennington

May 9, 2005 Sunday at Magens Bay is a time that friends and family relax, party, play, frolic in the water and eat. Never before has it been a time when they had to dodge bullets. Not until this week.

At about 3 p.m. Sunday the sharp clap of gun shots interrupted the sound of laughter, music and pounding surf at the beach that "National Geographic" once dubbed one of the 10 most beautiful in the world.

Click here for the rest.

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May 09, 2005

Reef Bay Petroglyphs, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

I found this on line somewhere - I think a USGS site or something like that.

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May 07, 2005

Sage Mountain National Park, Tortola, British Virgin Islands


This is just a favorite photo of mine. I love the beat up, weathered, rusty sign. Very Caribbean. This sign is up on Sage mountain near the entrance to the park.

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May 06, 2005

Whim Great House, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Here is a picture I took of the Whim Great House in 2002. It was a really beautiful day and the light was just perfect. I have a lot of good photos I will be posting from that trip.

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May 05, 2005

St. Thomas Waterspout


Here is a photo from April 2005 of a waterspout over Charlotte Amalie harbor. There were reports of as many as six that day.

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May 04, 2005

View from Peace Hill windmill ruin looking NW


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May 02, 2005

Belize Government ordered to return ownership of telecoms operator

"Prosser had a proven track record of improving telecom infrastructures and systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands."

I bet there are a few Virgin Islanders who would disagree with that...

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May 01, 2005

View from the Peace Hill windmill ruin. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands


Looking east, with Frances in the distance and Tortola in the background.

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