For my 25th birthday and Christmas, Aaron took me on a trip to St. John for 2 weeks in January. I am the luckiest lady on the planet. It was heaven. We camped out at Cinnamon Bay, and I could hear the waves while I was drifting off to sleep. It was such a nice break from winter. Our bodies were really happy to have the Vitamin D and outdoor exercise! I lost 5 pounds and Aaron lost 13! I could go on and on and on about how wonderful this place is, but I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
Cinnamon Bay- here’s the beach we could literally walk to in 10 seconds.
Our humble abode.
The roads were crazy, but Aaron did a great job driving our rented jeep and kept us from falling off any cliffs.
Yummy drinks in Cruz Bay.
We saw these brown pelicans at Leinster Bay. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. The pelicans would swoop down and crash into the water to get little fish. It was crazy beautiful to watch them soar up in the air and come down fast and hard into the water with a splash. Apparently they often go blind from the impact later in life.
There were plenty of amazing old ruins on St. John. This photo is of Annaberg Sugar Mill, possibly my favorite spot on St. John. You can see an amazing view of the ocean and islands from the hill where the ruins are. Simply gorgeous.
The following few photos are from a hike we did at Francis Bay right before sunset.
There are giant termite mounds all over the island.
It was really interesting how dried leaves and sea fans look so similar.
We took a catamaran trip to the British Virgin Islands one day and were disappointed that the day started off rainy, until we saw this! It turned sunny quickly after that.
Norman Island in the British BVIs was my favorite snorkeling spot. I saw an octopus here!
Here’s a view from the road looking down into Maho Bay.
Cruz Bay sunset.
One night we watched the sun set at Zozo’s, a fantastic Italian restaurant. You can see the lights of St. Thomas.
This is the view of Little Lameshur Bay, at the trail head leading to the petroglyphs.
Climbing crab! Who knew?
Giant cactus. Keep in mind Aaron is 6’5″!
Zebra swallowtail butterflies.
You have to drive slow on St. John because of the treacherous turns, and donkeys will walk right up to your car in the road and beg for food. They were kind of endearing.
We saw these iguanas right in the middle of town!
Coconut sprouting at our campsite.
The donkeys are cute until they try to eat your food. Aaron is facing off with one in front of our campsite before we left for the afternoon. Don’t you just love his nerdy socks and sandals? Apparently sand can rub your feet raw if it gets under the straps, a lesson we both learned.
We hiked the Ram’s Head trail leading out to the point. It was exceptionally beautiful.
The textures of these dried pieces of coral were fascinating.
Some photos I took at Cinnamon Bay our 2nd to last night, one day away from a full moon.
Last evening on St. John. We were really sad to say goodbye to this amazing island. If you’ve never been, you need to go. It would be an amazing place to go on your honeymoon!
Aaron is about to dig into dessert at our favorite restaurant on St. John, the Ocean Grill at Mongoose Junction. The Thai mussels there are out of this world. Best meal of the trip.
I had to get a picture with this giant tree at Cinnamon Bay before we left. It was too big to get a really great shot of it.
Stay tuned for the “from Sea” photos that I will be posting soon! Aaron bought a little waterproof camera that we took snorkeling with us. We saw some beautiful underwater creatures including sea turtles, sting rays, and so many different kinds of colorful fish.