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Hoosierdaddy Trip Report Day 3 - BVI

Postby hoosierdaddy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:48 am

This was the only day of the trip when we set an alarm. We had chartered a boat for the day. Thanks to some help from the forum we were going out with Lion in Da Sun. Woke up and had breakfast and had to meet Captain Josh at the National Park dock. Josh was very friendly from the start and asked what we wanted to do. Thanks to the forum I had already determined our itinerary for the day, the Baths, Willie T, and then the caves. We first headed to West End, Tortola to check customs. The night before they had a small fire and had to move things outside. Took a few minutes but gave us a chance to explore.
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The family in the boat besides us was very friendly and we had a chance to talk to them for a moment. When I asked them where they were going the father told me they wanted to go to the Baths but their captain said the sea was to rough. He didn’t ask about our plans and I didn’t offer either. I asked Josh and he said that some captains will say that the sea is rough because they don’t want to go that far. I thought that was interesting. Next we left for the Baths. The waves didn’t seem too bad and we had a nice tour of Sir Francis Drake Channel.

My understanding is that most boats will pull into the baths and then it is a short swim in. Josh suggested that we pull into the port at Spanish town and take a taxi.
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It only took about an extra 30 minutes. Including the 10 minute taxi ride.
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We actually enjoyed getting a chance to see more of Virgin Gorda and stopping at some of the shops. My wife found a Christmas ornament by Diane to add to our collection. The baths were amazing. I have done a lot of hiking and some traveling and the baths are maybe the most unique place I have ever seen.
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Josh took us to some of the places in the Baths that most people don’t see and many people couldn’t fit. The kids loved following him as they cralled and spider walked through the boulders.
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The end of the trail opens up to Devils Bay. It was a nice crescent shaped beach with some of the largest waves the kids had ever seen.
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We stayed at the beach for about 30-45 minutes and headed back to the taxi. Again we didn’t take the normal path. After a 10 minute taxi ride back we were headed towards Norman Island.. Along the way we passed the Lion in Da Sun.
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It was at Salt Island I think. The Willie T was next.
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No food porn but I do have another picture of my kids.
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I have never been to any of the other eating establishment in the area, like coopers Island and such but I have to tell you the Willie T is a must. Cool ship, Cool people, Great atmosphere and good food. It was our favorite meal of the week. After eating we headed to the caves. As we approached the caves we noticed a camera crew on one of the boats and then my wife said “looks it’s the little people” . We had no idea what she was talking about until she said “You know the Roloffs”. We thought that was neat. If you don’t know, the Roloffs are a couple of “little people” who have their own show on the discovery channel. I think it is called “Little People Big World” They actually had three different camera crews including one in the water. We swam by the camera and waved. Look for us on TV next season. The caves were pretty cool.
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Josh had a dive light and we were able to go to the end of all three caves. Not a lot of fish but something we are glad we did.

We left the caves and thought we were done, but Josh stopped at Booby Rock for 30-40 minutes. This was a small rock just west of Rams Head. It was the best snorkeling we did all week. We were the only people in the area. Again I thought we were done and headed back, but Josh had other plans. Josh had found out that my 12 year old was a Kenny Chesney fan so as we neared Cruz Bay he asked her if she wanted to see his house and he turned on a Kenny CD. We then went to Cannel Bay and he showed her were it was. This was the highlight of her trip. Thanks Josh.

We next headed back to Cruz Bay and went through customs. Feeling a bit fatigued we headed back to the Villa. We cleaned ourselves up but were to tired to fix supper , but the kids didn’t want to go out so we tried Joes BBQ. It was fantastic. If you decide to go there they have no sign. They are located in Cruz Bay across from the post office. It was absolutely the best BBQ I have ever had. Needless to say we slept great that night.
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Postby Sun4MySoul » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:14 am

Sounds like you had one FULL day! What fun! 8)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Josh and Lion in Da Sun. I'm glad your family had such a great day. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Postby Joshie » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:23 am

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Postby hoosierdaddy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:01 am

Joshie wrote:
Also, sounds like you had fun at Norman. Congrats on making it all the way to the back of the caves! Did you ignore those faux warning signs and jump off the Willy T?



Peace.

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Only regreat of the week was not jumping off the Willie T. I didn't want to take my shirt off. :P
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Postby Joshie » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:34 pm

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Postby hoosierdaddy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:17 pm

Joshie wrote:
hoosierdaddy wrote:
Joshie wrote:Did you ignore those faux warning signs and jump off the Willy T?

Peace.

-j

Only regreat of the week was not jumping off the Willie T. I didn't want to take my shirt off. :P

I think you misunderstood.

It was hoosiermommy who was supposed to take off her shirt.

Did you not inspect those illustrated how-to manuals they keep behind the bar?

-j

I wished I would have seen the manuals. I would have bought her a t-shirt for that :twisted:
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Postby ifloat » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:58 pm

Great pictures! Great story!
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Postby cptnkirk » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:26 pm

Hdaddy good stuff so far, sounds like a great day. Joes doesn't need a sign just follow your nose :D
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Postby hoosierdaddy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:59 pm

cptnkirk wrote:Hdaddy good stuff so far, sounds like a great day. Joes doesn't need a sign just follow your nose :D


Can you bring some back for me next month?
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Postby cptnkirk » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:20 pm

Hdaddy I can try but I'M positive it would be eaten while waitin for the plane home :lol:
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Postby 17th Hole » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:17 am

Looks like a fun trip! We're going out with LiDS on 4/24. Can't wait! I'm pretty sure the ladies in our group will be jumping off the Willy T!
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Postby hoosierdaddy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:18 am

17th Hole wrote:Looks like a fun trip! We're going out with LiDS on 4/24. Can't wait! I'm pretty sure the ladies in our group will be jumping off the Willy T!

Please post some pictures when you return. :twisted:
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Postby promoguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:16 pm

I have always felt that the approach to the Baths from the water and swimming in, actually takes a lot away from the Bath's experience. You get a much better perspective walking down from the road and then proceeding through the 'stones'.
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Postby ClevelandDave » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:39 pm

HDaddy

The looks on your kids faces says it all.

Outstanding that you got them there and a fantastic experience for them, no doubt.

Mega Dad-Points for HDaddy!

I salute you, sir!

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Postby StJohnRuth » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:31 pm

This looks like a great day.
Captain Josh's fabulous reputation is well deserved.
Keep the reports coming.
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