We have lots of bougainvillea plants growing by our gate entrance in many different colors. This morning I noticed that a pink and orange plant must have crossed because the colors are now combined on one plant. Isn't it beautiful!? I love these small amazing things that can happen in nature :)
While driving my mother around the island during her trip to St. Croix, we stopped at Point Udall to see the view. This is the most eastern point of the United States and is worth the short drive. We only planned on driving the jeep around and maybe stopping at a beach or two, so we did not have on hiking clothes or shoes. However, we saw a trail past the wall (facing East) that led to the rocky point where the waves were crashing in. Hmmmm... Tempting....
Should we try hiking down? Of course :)
My mom was game for a spontaneous adventure and so we jumped the wall and started hiking down the hill. We did get a little scratched up, but the hiking part was simple. And so worth it! It is always amazing to stand at the edge and watch the waves crashing over the rocks.
I of course had to take a fun picture :)
My mom was not so happy with the number of times I had to jump near the edge for this shot :)
Thanks to Aaron for being our photographer :)
One of our favorite parts of living in the "mountains" of St. Croix is that we have a beautiful view of a tree covered valley that "smokes" after a cool rain. There is nothing like sipping coffee (or wine) while watching the smoke rise :)
Since we get light showers often on the North Shore of St. Croix, we get to experience this often. It is wonderful :)
I must proclaim that, much like the lyrical genius Mr. Cube once exclaimed, today was a good day. I went to work today and all my cases were cancelled, so I headed home for a day off. I have a little homework to do before I go back to Puerto Rico Thursday but, true to character, I decided to procrastinate and head down to the beach to go for a run.
There was a road block of four horses on my way down to Cane Bay, but Rasta Man let me ease on by in my pick up truck...
The water was calm and beautiful, the sun hot, the sand white. Can't ask for much more.
After my run, the Rasta Man with the horses helped me jimmy the lock of a jeep that a couple of really old Trinidadian dudes had locked themselves out of. Although the good old days are behind me, I am glad I learned how to break into a car or two when I was a troubled youth, and maybe even hotwire them...
After getting the Trinis on their way, we had lunch with some great friends at Cafe Fresco, the best Cafe and food on the planet.
Did my homework..well.. most of it...then..
Theresa and I went paddle boarding and swimming at sunset at Cane Bay. Best part of my day. Theresa is feeling so much better since she is taking steroids that we can actually do a few active things together. We even got into a splash fight like a couple of school kids!
And, to top it off, Tacos for dinner. As a Texan, it is completely acceptable to eat Tacos every day. This is the 3rd time in four days. I am OK with that.
Over all, a pretty perfect day.
Remember...Give thanks to the most high for blessings and peace, and the natural beauty that surrounds us in our gift of life..
After dropping Aaron off at the airport this week, I found this herd of goats hanging out on the road on my way home. They seemed really really happy to have access to the tall green grass next to the roads! This type of road block never happened when we lived in the suburbs in the states. I am so glad we live in a place were experiences like this happen often :)
It always amazes me when Aaron and I stumble upon hidden treasures on St. Croix. How does this happen so often? Maybe we are more adventurous than most? Maybe we are unconsciously looking for hidden areas? Maybe we are descendants of pirates? Yaargh! ;) Whatever it is, we love each new find.
A few days ago, we were walking next to the road and saw a shaded area covered in vines with a very small passage that appeared to be recently cleared. Hmmm, do we play it safe and stay put or venture forward? Forward of course! We walked through the vines and found a large cleared area with benches, tables and a swing. Awesome! Perfect chill spot! If you are lucky, we may just show you where it is one day :)
I love when June arrives because all of the Flamboyant trees on St. Croix begin blooming. Most of the trees that I have seen on St. Croix are red or orange. The flowers are absolutely beautiful! Usually, one of the petals is white with specks of orange and red and looks slightly similar to an orchid flower. Doesn't this tree make you want to sit underneath the branches with a nice book? You do have to be careful when picking these flowers because the pollen will stain your clothes (learned from experience). I like to think that the Flamboyant blooms are natures way of signaling the start of hurricane season. In that case, we have lots of prep work to do :)
While driving along the North Shore of St. Croix, you will come across an area where it appears that you just stepped inside the realm of Narnia. The forest is lush, hanging vines are floating in the air, birds are singing, and for a moment it seems that time has stopped. Even though we have driven past this area many many times, we always feel the need to slow down here and stare in wonder. Sunlight sneaks through the canopy of trees and the soft breeze taunts one to wonder what is past the canopy of vines.
Theresa and Aaron
This blog is dedicated to our life here in St. Croix and the experiences we have each day.