Virgin Islands Blog Bits 3

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Stock picture. EXACTLY as it looked when I was there. I swam with these guys AND some stingrays as well. Magnicificent Creatures!

May 8th 2015

Day o’ the Turtles…and Stingrays

1. One of the strangest things down here is that my body clock flipped. I’m getting up with the sun and going to bed pretty much shortly after the ball of fire goes down. I thought it would be more difficult, as I am a vamp’ by nature, but this has been almost painless.

2. After a morning of vegging, reading, writing and coffee drinking, it was time to go on a planned snorkeling trip out to the Buck Island wildlife reserve on a catamaran. The pictures below better tell my day than me blabbing about it, so I’ll just sum up here and get out of the way:

a. The group of people here at the campground are awesome. Mostly east coasters down for vacations or honeymoons, and a couple of us “solo” types taking a break.  All of us researched quite a bit to find this campground and so it is nice to be around a bunch of like minded folks.

b. The Captain of the “Happy Hour”, Spencer is from Detroit originally. Did some cruise ship work, got his Captain’s license and bought a boat after scratching and saving. He moved down here and never looked back. I’ll link his website at the end of this post. If you’re down this way, he is inexpensive to hire, personable, and does snorkel/scuba and fishing charters.

c. The water down here is better, clearer, warmer than pictures or descriptions allow for. 🙂

d. I don’t have an underwater camera, so all the shots are before and after the snorkeling. Just look at some wildlife pictures of sea turtles, stingrays and fish, and you’ll see what I was seeing. Only I was seeing it in 3d. heh.

e. Yes I got sunburned a bit. Not as bad as it could have been, but I have physical evidence of being out under the orange glowy ball that I normally avoid. 😀

Pictures:

Cap' Spencer

Cap’ Spencer

On the way to snorkelin'

On the way to snorkelin’

The gang

The gang

$$$

$$$

So, the Black Pearl shrank a bit. :-D

So, the Black Pearl shrank a bit. 😀

Getting ready to set sail

Getting ready to set sail

Up they go!

Up they go!

Underway with good wind

Underway with good wind

Island time with your host. :-)

Island time with your host. 🙂

I have somehow morphed some duck feet.

I have somehow morphed some duck feet.

Just in time to say buh-bye to the morning run tourists. Us afternoon tourists are taking over.

Just in time to say buh-bye to the morning run tourists. Us afternoon tourists are taking over.

The reef. Just below the surface are corals, fish, turtles, stingrays, and beauty.  Above are frigate birds and gulls nesting grounds as well as iguanas and such.

The reef. Just below the surface are corals, fish, turtles, stingrays, and beauty. Above are frigate birds and gulls nesting grounds as well as iguanas and such.

Another stock image...but spot on EXACTLY for what I saw. There were three futzing about during my dive, one of em' was about five feet across, the other two like the picture were about 2 feet across. Just beautiful.

Another stock image…but spot on EXACTLY for what I saw. There were three futzing about during my dive, one of em’ was about five feet across, the other two like the picture were about 2 feet across. Just beautiful.

Sail Happy Hour Charters

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