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BVI Trip Report - Part 4

Postby jmq » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:44 pm

Not much text but lotsa photos in this one.

Day 6 June 20 Virgin Gorda (VG) wife AMQ wants breakfast out so off we go to Fischers Cove, leave daughter TG back at Guavaberry (GB) unit named Mango she's not quite the breakfast fan we are. Food was OK but view was better.

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On the way back, came up on that herd of cows again trotting down the road. Most peel off suddenly up a trail off the road except for a bull and calf who stop suddenly in the road. The bull turns sideways and looks pretty threatening so I stop completely and come no closer. He could probably flip the Jimmy if he wanted to.

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They finally also head up the trail. Kinda cloudy and starting to look even threatening to the north but we decide to load up car and head up to Savannah Bay and maybe points beyond. By the time we head out, a nasty squall blows thru. This is the squall that once it got back out over water, caused lotsa problems for the sailboats out there including a sinking.

Due to the weather, we drive all the way out past Nail Bay to Long Bay hoping to snorkel up that way but weather wasn't co-operating. We stop on way back and have our sandwiches at the Savannah Bay overlook.

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Then into town and over to diveBVI for their afternoon dive/snorkel trip out to the Dogs. By this time weather had cleared and we picked up several divers at Little Dix then out to West Dog Island.

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Lighting and depth of waters wasn't favorable for UW picture taking. We briefly saw a baby turtle that swam away into the depths and TG saw a "big" shark "the pointy kind with dark tips!!" She was pretty shock up (literally) but calmed down in a few minutes, but kept looking behind us on the way back to the dive boat.

The quality of this snorkel was a little underwhelming and reading about the snorkel Chrisn took with the Bitter End folks makes me regret this choice, because we had considered the BE, but decided against that because we had plans to go to Biras to eat at the Fat Virgin and didn't want to go up that way twice.

Back to GB, clean up and head over Gorda Peak to the Leverick Bay BBQ buffet. I think I had that Jimmy floored at times to make it up. That car could use a few more horsepower.

Arrived pretty early to get a seat on the "beach" and enjoy happy hour prices. They ask if we have reservations. We say no. Sorry no more seats on the beach you have to sit by the pool, which wound up being fine. When we last went to this during high season Easter week 06, I don't even think they took reservations and we got a seat on the beach no problem. I think this thing has really grown in popularity because it was more crowded this time, and we were pleased that the quality of the buffet has really improved too, at least for us in terms of many more salads, grilled veggies etc. I joke that I may have to turn in my "man card" as find myself preferring that kind of stuff over gnawing on a bone. The band is good, not quite as smoking as in 06, and the Jumbies are fun.

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Day 7 June 21 I go out early to photograph Spring bay in the early morning light, then chillin, swimming, snorkeling, and reading at GB beach, then hike over to Little Trunk Bay = a quite stunning beach.

Spring Bay
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Little Trunk Bay and vicinity

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Spring Bay/GB area Underwater

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Decide to go to Mine Shaft again for dinner, very good again, but I regret not getting the BBQ as it looked and smelled mighty good. We swung by the Coppermine Ruins on the way to Mine Shaft. Sunset was a dud, but the chickens were entertaining again.

Views from Coppermine Point...

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Just realized I have more photos to edit/upload in order to complete so we'll end this here before finale when I can include those pix.
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Postby linne » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:21 pm

Just now I'm writing on a story about Spain, but I need to relaxe once in a while by reading the topics from other. I have seen all parts of your TR until now and are enjoying them. I cannot be tired of seing pics with beautiful beaches and sunsets.Im glad you continued telling us about your trip.

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Postby waterguy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:27 pm

Thank you for taking the time to take us all along for the ride
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Postby chrisn » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:44 pm

Beautiful Spring Bay shots JMQ! Sorry you guys didn't have a great time snorkeling the Dogs. Must have been the weather. It was crystal clear and magnificent the day we went out.

You must try Bitter End's next time though. Good fun!
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Postby iowaguy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:53 pm

Thanks for the report---Little Trunk Bay looks gorgeous!
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Postby pjayer » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:05 pm

Really nice pictures. Your daughter looks enough like my daughter that they could pass for sisters. And, of course, that means they're both pretty. :)
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Postby RickG » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:31 pm

Nice! We need to get back to VG.

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Postby gymnastika » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:45 pm

Enjoyed your trip reports!!
I will be going to Guavaberry in 4 days and have been paying close attention to all of your adventures!
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Postby Lex » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:39 pm

Enjoy your trip. I wish I was going to Guavaberry in 4 days. We'll be on Cape Cod next week. The Cape's really nice, but I just don't get as excited about it as I do VG.
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Postby LC » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:38 am

thanks so much for the reports, and the beautiful pictures. It's always nice to take a little break from work and escape to the islands. :)
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