SHARK!!! St. John USVI

OK! Well, maybe that is a little overkill.  I mean it’s a shark, but a very small one.  Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t going in the water after the sighting!!

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Annaberg Sugar Mill

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Lenister Bay Trail to Waterlemon Bay

Chris and I decided to take a taxi to the Annaberg Sugar Mill, and then hike the Leinster Bay Trail to Waterlemon Bay.

We strolled through the ruins, taking in the history of the mill, the slaves quarters, the boiling room, trying to imagine the place humming with workers.

As we took in the amazing views, I wondered, was this gift of beauty the only salvation for so many?   It was breathtaking!

After traveling back in time to the sugar mill, we walked down the hill to the trail.  It’s an easy hike along the coast.  A little rocky, but a flat trail to the beach.  As it winds around the island, you are never disappointed with the ever changing view.

Thankfully, there were only two couples floating around in the water when we arrived, so it was much quieter than the previous beaches we had visited. IMG_9939

I tossed our towels under a tree to keep out of the sun.  I love how the trees come down to the beaches!!  I desire shade so much more now, than I did when I was young.

Chris, of course, immediately jumped in the water with his snorkel gear.   After he did a quick investigation of the cove, he joined me under the tree for some lunch! IMG_9949

Luckily we enjoyed the days sandwich without bird incident!

Flashback….During a day at Cinnamon Beach a fast feathered seagull stole my sandwich…right from my hand….mid bite!

(Cinnamon Beach, St. John, USVI)

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Is he eyeballing me? 

 

Now, this would have been much scarier than the previous beach bird attack, because the guy patrolling this cove was a nice sized Pelican, who put on quite a show flying down, scooping up fish, and flying to a perch to enjoy his catch.

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None the less, I’m glad he had plenty fish, because if he landed on my arm to steal my sandwich……let’s just say, things could have gotten ugly.

As we sat there, I notice a shadow very close to the shore, swimming in a zig zag style.  I got up to take a closer look, and what do I see?  SHARK!!!  Whatever! So it’s just a nerf shark, harmless and small, just about 30 inches long, but I’m sure he had a much bigger buddy just out of site.

We felt it our duty to alert the crew, in the water down the beach, that he was headed their way.  They didn’t seem too concerned, and the little guy didn’t seem too interested in eating them.   It was a pretty cool thing to see, but again, I certainly didn’t want to get in the water.

After this sighting, Chris took off to Waterlemon Cay, an island off the cove, to do some underwater exploration.  I tried to take a nap, but was myself, lunch for the pesky little No See Ums!  Eaten alive!!  They seem to like the bug spray…

If ever on the Island, I recommend these trails for the history and the beauty.  Bring plenty of water, and don’t forget lunch and your snorkel gear!


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