Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shhhh, I haven't told my mom yet..... but last week I was involved in my first car accident and it was a hit and run. Fun! The only thing that was hurt was my side mirror... well there are a few scratches on my passenger door but all in all I'm soooo lucky. I thought I was going to die before Thanksgiving - it gave me a lot to be thankful for. I still can't get over the fact that the person that hit me just took off and left without seeing if I was okay. Have you ever been in a car accident?

I can't believe it's Monday and I've got soooo much to do! I've been really busy for a few weeks now and haven't had much time for my little blog. Really all I would like to do is spend the next week either locked inside doing whatever I felt like without any commitments or on some exotic island sail getaway (yes, I know I live on an island but it's not feeling so dreamy.) So, if I was going to daydream my Monday would look like the photo above, aaahhhhhh.... if only I knew what it was like to be so glamourous. 
Happy Monday Friends!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holidays never feel the same in the US Virgin Islands, as they did when I lived in the states, which is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. For example, my Thanksgiving plans this year involve a party at Megan's Beach and I'm making a 'Man Pie,' it's just different here. I think my favorite Thanksgiving in the Caribbean was two years ago when we rented a catamaran and spent a week sailing around the BVI (photos HERE.) What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Hiking to the Boiling Lake on Dominica is by far one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. The trail is about seven miles each way and took us seven hours to hike, we stopped a few times along the way. It was an all day hike and at one point I didn’t think I’d make it; the terrain was really challenging for me. We had the best guide on the island, Nahjie, who not only lives in Laudat (which makes the Boiling Lake in his ‘backyard’) but holds the record for hiking to the Boiling Lake in one day – Nahjie has hiked to the Boiling Lake three times in one day, AMAZING!!!

You can see the steam from the Boiling Lake in the distance, just a couple more mountains to climb...

The Valley of Desolation is surreal, it’s so alive with boiling volcanic activity, steaming, sulfur smells, a rainbow of mineral colors, and dangerous in places. Nahjie showed us a spot where the sulfur turned into a mud and makes an amazing facemask for cleaning the skin. So we did the rest of the hike in a sulfur mud mask.

We made it and ate lunch!!!

 A short distance after the Valley of Desolation there are three pools of hot water that we stopped to soak our fatigued muscles in. This was my favorite part of the hike, it was like bath water and extremely difficult to leave.

See the little village? The white specks to the left of the mountain. That's where we started and we're where almost, almost, half way done!

Vally of Desolation in action.

The Boiling Lake in action.

Do you wake up to an alarm clock? 
Our new apartment is really quiet because it's on a dead end road and we don't have any neighbors that are close enough to hear. The only time that it's not quiet is between 7 and 8 am in the morning. For some reason there are a couple of Jenday Conure Parrots that like to hangout in a tree next to my bedroom window - they have to be some of the loudest birds I've ever heard! This is how I've been woken up for the last couple of weeks, not so bad really :)

Since we've moved into our new apartment I've wanted to get some new red wine glasses and since St Thomas has so few options I'm looking online. I found the glasses above on Amazon and I'm having a difficult time choosing. Do you have a favorite glass that you like to drink wine from?
Monday, November 7, 2011

Living on a little tropical island means that I spend a lot of time barefoot. So, when I heard about Shellac Nail Polish that lasts longer then normal polish and never chips, I had to try it. I went to see my friend Rashel that owns The Body Garden Day Spa & Salon in Tillett Gardens on St Thomas and so far I'm a big fan of Shellac Nail Polish. Have you tried it and what you think?

PS If you're on island call the Body Garden for a fabulous pedicure at 340-774-BODY.

After a couple of busy weeks of moving and working Eric and I finally had a day off to sit on the beach. Our new apartment overlooks Megan's Bay Beach and it has been calling us to come down and relax. I can't remember the last time I spent the afternoon at Megan's. When I first moved to St Thomas Megan's was the place to hang out at on Sundays and a large group of friends would meet-up for the day. It was always a good time and I miss the old tradition. How was your Sunday?
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Papillote is one of the most magical places I’ve ever experienced and is the definition of a nature sanctuary. It has been called “Eden on Earth” by Caribbean Travel & Life. Papillote is located in Roseau River Valley on Dominica and their gardens are internationally recognized among the best in the Caribbean. They where closed while we where visiting Dominica last September but the owner, Anne Jno Baptiste, was kind enough to let us walk through the garden and make these photographs. One day I hope to have the full Papillote experience and stay here for a week.

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