Travel Insurance

Get a FREE no obligation quote!




Steve Simonsen 2018 St. John CalendarSteve Simonsen 2018 St. John Calendar
$17.95


Latest Forum Posts (all forums):


Travel Specials:


Forum members on island:


Harbor Cam
Virgin Islands Webcams


Bolongo Bay

So Good, So Good, So Good! Realtime trip report

Travel discussion for St. John

Moderator: The Mgmt.

So Good, So Good, So Good! Realtime trip report

Postby Agent99 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:00 am

Hey folks, MarciaMarciaMarcia here. Since the board already has a beloved Marcia and Pete, I thought I'd do a little sreenname makeover.

I'm sure heaven is fabulous but how could it have anything on this glorious patch of earth and sea? Yesterday was long but worth every step. We flew Jet Blue to San Juan, then Cape Air to STT....both on time.

Image

Image


Just missed the 4:00 pm ferry so popped into Drakes for the inaugural adult beverage(sorry but the airport rum punch isn't official) and a couple of virgins for the utes. The 5:30 ferry left right on time and we sat upstairs because it was shaping up to be a beautiful night. The air was crystal clear and the ride was a delight. I could seriously weep as we approach Cruz Bay.

Image

Image

Image

I recorded our message in the sand for posterity and incase it was too dark for the webcam to pick up. Upside down So Good. Red Sox fans have a special fondness for that expression. It must be repeated three times for good luck.

Image

Gallows' porter was there waiting for us and we checked right in. St. John Adventures...located right in the little shop on the property had stocked our place with some provisions and snacks which was great because none of us had eaten since breakfast. All of us were too tired to go out so Uncle Joe came to the rescue. Agent 86 ran down to pick it up while #2 son (he's 10 and #1 is 16) and I went for a dip. The pool was nippy but the hot tub was just right. Not a soul out there but us and the stars.

The BBQ hit the spot as always but they were slammed and had run out of the macaroni salad...bummer.....I suppose we'll live.

By this time it's 10ish and the kids are crashed on the pull out couch. 86 and I enjoy the balcony overlooking a moonlit Cruz Bay. Ahhhhh....so good, so good, so good!

TBC.....

Image

Image
Last edited by Agent99 on Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:08 am, edited 3 times in total.
User avatar
Agent99
 
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:00 pm
Location: Cape Ann MA

Postby Xislandgirl » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:38 am

It was 9 degrees here this morning but your report and pictures has warmed me up a bit.
Have a great time!!
Image
Xislandgirl
 
Posts: 4165
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:03 pm
Location: Slightly left of center

Postby ccasebolt » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:42 am

So far...

So Good! So Good! So Good!!! 8)
Image
User avatar
ccasebolt
 
Posts: 910
Joined: Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:56 pm
Location: Boxborough, MA

Postby Kathyzhere » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:00 am

enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! 8)
Thanks for popping in and teasing us :wink:
Kathy
Kathyzhere
 
Posts: 525
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:04 pm
Location: Cape Cod & SW FL

Postby Agent99 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:18 am

It's raining so we have an excuse to chill and enjoy a little breakfast at home. RIP Chilly Billy's sniff. I'm so glad we asked to have some unhealthy vacation food incidentals stocked in the fridge.

86 picked up the car from St. John Car Rental, a Jeep Liberty which he said is not new but just fine. This is our first time with them, we usually rent from Conrad Sutton who we love, but I waited too long to reserve and they were booked. So far so good with StJCR.

Incidentally, this is our fourth time at Gallows, 9th to STJ, 12th to the VIs. We are ruined for anywhere else in the Caribbean. In our book, nothing compares.

I love everyting about Gallows except their pillows which are....on the dense side. Sooo, since we subscribe to the why pack light when the kitchen sink is just begging to come along theory of travel, I picked up one of those plastic packing aids that you can put something fluffy in then squeeze the air out to make smaller. So, I packed my own fabulous, squishy down pillow. No one else cared about the pillow quality and further they even had a few laughs at my expense over the whole thing so I just packed one for moi. Who's crying now?

It's starting to clear I think so the plan is to head to Gibney, our favorite. Life is good. I apologize in advance for the posting style. I have been advised in the past that I am the mistress of the grammatically incorrect run on sentence. There are worse problems, I suppose.

TBC....
Last edited by Agent99 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Agent99
 
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:00 pm
Location: Cape Ann MA

Postby sea-nile » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:19 am

Looks like a great arrival!
I bet typing MarciaMarciaMarcia was getting tiring.
I kind of liked it though.
User avatar
sea-nile
 
Posts: 3761
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:24 pm
Location: Southeast Wisconsin

Postby Ksea » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:01 am

Great pictures! Thanks for checking in. Have a marvelous time!!
Image
User avatar
Ksea
 
Posts: 1824
Joined: Mon May 21, 2007 3:04 pm

Postby jayseadee » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:24 pm

Oh! Oh! Oh!
janet
User avatar
jayseadee
 
Posts: 2312
Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 7:16 pm
Location: New England

Postby sherban » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:43 pm

Agent99....Reminds me of "Get Smart" (am i dating myself?)...then I hear the theme song, you know the one where Maxwell Smart is walking down the hallway with all the security doors...anyway...

Is the first pic somewhere over PR?

Have a great trip, thanks for the TR and photos...
User avatar
sherban
 
Posts: 1395
Joined: Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:29 pm
Location: SE USA

Postby liamsaunt » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:52 pm

Great photos! What unit are you in at Gallows? Your view looks similar to the one we had in October.
It's like looking in your soup and finding a whole different alphabet.
User avatar
liamsaunt
 
Posts: 5959
Joined: Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:08 pm

Postby Barb Y » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:20 pm

Great report so far. I am looking forward to more. Keep those reports coming and have a blast! Great shots from Gallows at night
Image
User avatar
Barb Y
 
Posts: 1247
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:15 am
Location: Western NY

Postby California Girl » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:41 pm

I'm loving your live reports! So you must be getting used to the new laptop, eh? :lol:

Although I will miss MarciaMarciaMarcia, I do have to say I love your new choice of Agent99! Good one!

Keep having a great time and have a lime n' coconut for me! :D
California Girl
 

Postby Agent99 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:59 pm

Dang, I just wrote a whole thing about today and lost it. Will try to retrieve and resend.
User avatar
Agent99
 
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:00 pm
Location: Cape Ann MA

Postby Teddy Salad » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:08 pm

99,

How did you get that shot of the runway? Does Cape Air let you open the windows and stick your head out or were you in the co-pilot's seat? :)
User avatar
Teddy Salad
 
Posts: 205
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:05 am
Location: Colorado

Postby Agent99 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:22 pm

Liamsaunt, we're in 12D until tomorrow. We booked late and the only option was to change units after 2 nights. I'll admit that 12D could stand a face lift and that it is not as well appointed in terms of amenities as some others we've stayed in but we love the harbor view and breezes. Tomorrow we move to 8C until the 26th. I've seen photos of the new kitchen renovation and it looks positively Liamsaunt worthy!.

Sherban...I'm an old Get Smart buff....this link's for you http://www.elite.net/~gurpal/tv/getsmart.mid

It never really cleared today with patches of light rain all day. We ended up in Coral Bay and had a late lunch at Shipwreck. As usual, the food was as fresh as can be. The boys had the gazpacho and blackened shrimp app with the dill sauce. The grouper with curry and mango salsa was as delicious as we remembered and the grilled mahi sandwich with citrus butter was good, too. The only suggestion I have is that the gazpacho doesn't seem to have that spicy kick that made us fall in love with it. It was super fresh and nicely chilled but something was missing besides those great pewter crocks it used to be served in. I doubt anyone will be hungry for dinner. We'll either go out for a snack later or order something in. We really aren't very exciting.

After lunch we stopped by Mongoose Junction with everyone else in town. I like the Peruvian shop where Donald Schnell's used to be and bought a couple of pairs of unique earrings. The guys spent their time at Big Planet. I'm looking forward to saying hi to Ruth and co and replenishing our stock of Cruz Bay Grill Rub and hot sauces from St. John Spice .
Last edited by Agent99 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Agent99
 
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:00 pm
Location: Cape Ann MA

Next

Return to U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Forum: St. John

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 13 guests



VIOL on tumblr
Submit a pic



Advertising | Privacy Policy | © 1995 - 2017 | iBizDaily