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Between Thanksgiving and Chrismas

Getting Settled and Starting to Work


View 2014-St Croix on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We got back from our trip to Vermont on 17 October, just in time for the Oyster Festival on the 18th and 19th of October. We hauled the boat on 25 November.
Bob taking down a sail

Bob taking down a sail

Dinghy stored on the foredeck

Dinghy stored on the foredeck

Boat in the Travel Life in the Haul Slip

Boat in the Travel Life in the Haul Slip


Thanksgiving was on the 27th of November this year and we drove up to our daughter's in Ellicott City for the day.
Dinner table

Dinner table

Our first visit to St. Croix was in 2010 when we came on a cruise ship. We had an excursion which drove us all around the island. When we decided we wanted to stay someplace longer than a day, this was the first place we picked to come. And also the second place. We decided to go back to St. Croix after Thanksgiving (one of the cheaper times to go) because after the first visit, I found that some of the information on the early Danish settlers grave sites was incomplete and/or incorrect, and I thought I needed to have 'boots on the ground' to get the information corrected. We were going to meet one of the local volunteers to consolidate our information.

30 November 2014

I had a photography assignment to take photos of shoes, so while I was packing, I was also taking photos of shoes.
Shoe rack

Shoe rack


Bob thought we were leaving at one and I thought he had said we would leave at 3, but we started about quarter after one. It was a nice drive - I read the paper on the way up. I forgot to look and see if there were any coupons we could use but other than that I think we have everything.
Light rail at the airport

Light rail at the airport


We stopped to get something to eat for dinner at McDonalds up at the airport
McDonalds

McDonalds


Building across from the Hampton Inn where our daughter works

Building across from the Hampton Inn where our daughter works


When we got to the Hampton Inn up here at BWI, I found that I didn't have a reservation for tonight. I found the reason that I didn't have a reservation for Nov 30th was because I made it for Dec 1 instead. So I canceled the Dec 1st one. Anyway, they had a room for us here as the Inn wasn't full and we didn't have to sleep in a stable or anything.
Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn


I DO have one for Monday December 8th. This is because our flight home gets in at midnight. SOooo.... We will be driving down on Tuesday morning instead of Monday night. I also added a day to the mail hold, so the mail will start Tuesday Dec 9th instead of Monday. But I think Jean (our cat sitter) needs to come Tuesday morning.

Bob didn't put the scooter into its suitcase until we got up here. The channels on the TV here aren't satisfactory - they have DISH with no local channels. He has set the alarm for 3:30 am as our flight is at 6 am.

1 December 2014

We asked for a wakeup call at 3:30 and we actually got one. We were out ready to take the shuttle to the airport by 4 a.m. but we had to wait for the driver to get back. I picked up a Hampton free breakfast bag which had an apple (which Bob can't eat), a muffin and a water bottle. But I knew we couldn't take the water through security, so I left that there. It was to have a cereal bar but instead it had something like a packet of tictacs.
Hampton Inn's breakfast bag

Hampton Inn's breakfast bag


Waiting for airport shuttle 5:14 am

Waiting for airport shuttle 5:14 am


We gate checked the two regular bags (had to pay $25 each) and got me a wheelchair, but they had to take the Luggie bag inside. They didn't give us problem with it though and they didn't inspect it this time. In the airport there was some kind of alarm, and an airport policeman came speeding by on a segway. I didn't take his photo.

They let us go on early, but made me walk down the gangway to the plane.
Boarded airplane 7:00

Boarded airplane 7:00


They were saying that the plane was full, but we had an empty seat in our row. We took off in the dark pretty much on time.
Inside the plane

Inside the plane


I got the snack pack because I was still hungry and Bob hadn't gotten anything to eat, but the food in it was stale.
We got to Miami about 8:30.
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Landing in Miami


We wheel chaired to the next gate which was loading a plane to Dallas and then they had a plane to San Pedro Sula before our plane arrived to be loaded. I took more photos of shoes
Shoes of a man in the airport

Shoes of a man in the airport

Shoes

Shoes

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Shoes in miami


My cane on the ladies room door

My cane on the ladies room door


Bob got a turkey club sandwich for breakfast.
Turkey sub

Turkey sub

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Landing St Croix 5:12


The flight to St. Croix was a little more full but there were some empty seats. We landed about 5. The wheelchair person took me to the luggage area and I sat down with the carryons. I gave the luggage tags to a red cap and sent Bob off to rent the car. We got Bob's bag, but it was a long time and neither my bag nor the Luggie bag appeared. The red cap went off into the depths and returned with both of them.
Grey Ford Fiesta with sun glaring off of it

Grey Ford Fiesta with sun glaring off of it


We got a grey Ford Fiesta from Budget which has a very convenient Henry E. Rohlsen Airport location for pickup. The rental in December was $279.33 for the week. Renter must have valid driver's license and major credit card, and be between the ages of 25-79. Surcharge for renting drivers aged 23 and 24 (excludes military). Since USVI insurance laws differ from other states or countries, when using a DEBIT CARD for your rental, please present proof of current auto insurance by email or fax in advance of rental, or at time of rental pick up. Internet bookings must be 48 hours in advance of rental in summer season, 36 hours in advance of rental in winter season. In Winter Season, convertibles, vans, and other specialty vehicles must be reserved 5 days in advance

We got our stuff loaded into the car. Instead of staying in a hotel, we rented a condo this time from one of those websites - this one was VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). Now to find the condo. I did not have an actual address (it turned out to be Address: 3221 Golden Rock, Christiansted), but I put Colony Cove into Google maps and it gave me a blue line to follow. So we did follow it and it took us right to Colony Cove.
Colony Cove Resort sign

Colony Cove Resort sign


But there was a gate.
Colony Cove gate

Colony Cove gate


So I called security (there was a number posted)
Colony cove number

Colony cove number


and he came and opened the gate. He said we needed a unit number, but I've looked everywhere and I never got that. Just "On the Beach" the name that the man called it. His first name was in tiny letters at the top of one page. I called but it was after office hours. So we went to the office, which was closed, and there were some people there and they called. My phone rang, but I am so not used to having it ring that I did not recognize it. It was the man calling me back.
D building

D building


We were in 104 in D building - a ground floor unit right on the beach. By this time we were both almost at the end of our ropes (we were up early), but we parked and unloaded our stuff and went in. The owner showed up with a printed list of passcodes and passwords.

With a great deal of difficulty went over to the restaurant next door (Smuggler's Cove which has changed the name to Blue Lagoon) at Mill Harbour. Mill Harbour was the next communty. We tried to take the scooter, but there were three steps down, through the wall, and then there was a patio outdoors and then a step up to the restaurant. We left the scooter on the patio.
Formerly Smuggler's Cove

Formerly Smuggler's Cove

Bar

Bar


I got a quesidilla and Bob got pulled pork. We ate about half and then took the rest home. And fell into bed.

2 December 2014

Some of the units here are under Antilles Resorts and some are Vacation Rentals By Owner. There was a complete kitchen
Looking from the living room to the kitchen

Looking from the living room to the kitchen


and also a washer and dryer. There were two bedrooms with with A/C although the rest of the unit didn't have A/C. One bedroom had twin beds. The other bedroom had a double bed, a dresser
Reflecton in the bedroom dresser

Reflecton in the bedroom dresser


and closet
Closet

Closet


and inside the A/C space was one of the bathrooms - the one with a shower.
Bathroom from the bedroom

Bathroom from the bedroom


Since this bathroom was A/C as well as being close to the bedroom, this was the one we usually used.
Pictures in the bathroom

Pictures in the bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom


The other bathroom was across from the twin bed room and had a shower and tub. The toilets are salt water. The living room had a TV but there were hardly any channel available.
TV

TV


Living room couch

Living room couch


There was a porch
Porch

Porch


which looked right out on the water
On the Beach

On the Beach


and the area area is open to the breezes (not air conditioned). There was also a pool quite close.

When we got up this morning, one of the toilets didn't work. I had my leftover quesidilla for breakfast and Bob had fixed a packet of oatmeal that he got from the Hampton Inn. The owner came to fix the toilet

We started out for Christensted and stopped first at the Moravian church. We found a man who I think is the pastor and made an appointment for Thursday morning at 10. I was hoping to get some kind of a list to identify the photos that we took in February.

Then we went to the Christensted Cemetery but they were fixing the gate and they had already fixed the upper gate so we couldn't get in that way. We parked at the main gate and I scootered in.
Steps at the end of the Danish Cemetery

Steps at the end of the Danish Cemetery

Stones in the Danish cemetery

Stones in the Danish cemetery


I found that someone had entered all the Danish graves in this cemetery into Find A Grave, and this would be good, but there were two problems. He entered the women twice - once under their maiden name and once with their married name. And not all of the Danish were buried here. Some were buried other places on the island. I wanted to figure out where they belonged. The first step was to photograph everything in this cemetery. We also took some other photos.
Bob taking photos

Bob taking photos


Then we drove out to Point Udall - the Easternmost Point.
Sign on the way there

Sign on the way there


On our first trip, we didn't know to go all the way out here, but when we were talking to him after that first visit, my brother-in-law said we should be sure to go out to Point Udall. There are two Point Udalls in the world - this one, and one on Guam. This one which marks the easternmost point of the U.S. is apparently named for Stewart Udall, United States Secretary of the Interior in the 60s.
Sign at the point

Sign at the point


(The one on Guam (westernmost US point) is named for Stewart Udall's brother Morris.)
There is a large rock sundial known as the Millennium Monument above Point Udall.
Millennium Monument of 2000

Millennium Monument of 2000


It marked the azimuth of the first U.S. sunrise of 2000.
One vane of the monument

One vane of the monument

Man in the middle of the Millennium Monument

Man in the middle of the Millennium Monument


There is also a trail down to the point, but we just drove around the sundial, took photos and then left. We went past the yacht club which we didn't go in. There was also a nice view of Buck Island from the road.
Buck Island

Buck Island

Surf on the beach

Surf on the beach

Shoreline

Shoreline

Buck Island from Rte 82

Buck Island from Rte 82

Hillside in east St Croix

Hillside in east St Croix


With Bob driving, I could take photos of the scenery.
Buck Island

Buck Island

Rte 82 in St Croix

Rte 82 in St Croix

Flowers by the road

Flowers by the road

Radio telescope

Radio telescope

Part of Very Long Baseline Array

Part of Very Long Baseline Array

West 82 sign

West 82 sign

Thank you for keeping your park clean

Thank you for keeping your park clean

Buck Island

Buck Island


Buck Island

Buck Island


We came back and Bob went to Pueblo which is a full service grocery store in the Golden Rock Shopping Center.
Pueblo super market

Pueblo super market


it is on Northside Road, west of where the road turns into Christiansted and becomes King Street. It has just about anything you might need for cooking. Bob will spend an hour in this place walking up and down the aisles on the first day we come to St. Croix buying food for the week. Even if you just want to buy food for snacks it is better to go to a regular grocery store to do it.There is a website but it is in Spanish as the store headquarters is in Puerto Rico. This time, he left me in a car in the sun without the keys for at least half a hour. I was pissed.
Sign in the parking lot

Sign in the parking lot

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Mourning doves in the parking lot


If you need to get something that you can't find at the Pueblo Supermarket or have a prescription filled, the Golden Rock Drugstore is just across the parking lot.
Golden Rock Pharmacy

Golden Rock Pharmacy


I've never actually had to shop there, but I took the photo while I was sitting in the car waiting for Bob to get finished at the grocery store. I can't find the phone number on-line but you can probably look it up in the local phone book. I think they deliver. The pharmacy is on the far side of the shopping center from Northside road so it has a Sion Farm address.

We got back to the condo and went in behind someone with a transponder for the gate. It was raining a little. The owner of the unit had fixed the toilet and also found something I could sit on in the shower. Bob went back to the restaurant next door and got salads to go with the leftovers.
part of mural

part of mural

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You Are Here Bar & Grille

Fredriksted and Lord God of Sabaoth Church


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3 December 2014

This morning I wanted to see what the website where I got my information on the Danish burials said, and found it is no longer on-line except as an archive. The unit has a printer, but don't know how to connect to it.

But I eventually got myself together - except that I forgot my phone. Anyway, I wanted to go to Fredriksted while a cruise ship was in so I could see what stuff was on the waterfront when the cruise people were there.

And I also wanted to get a better photo of the Hams Bluff lighthouse. So we came out of the condo and turned right toward Fredriksted. Bob saw the gas station we always used and the road to Hibiscus (which is now for sale). We thwarted the GPS by turning on North Shore road
North Shore Road

North Shore Road


and went to Cane Garden Bay and stopped to get photos of the lighthouse.Ham's Bluff Light is located on a 360-foot headland at the western end of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay beach 2014

Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay beach 2014


360 foot headland

360 foot headland


The Hams Bluff Light Station was designed and built in 1915 by the Danish government. The land around the structure is mostly undeveloped, consisting of tropical trees and shrubs. The property is not accessible by the public and can only be reached by foot through government property along the severely overgrown access road leading to the structure.
Ham's Bluff Lighthouse from Cane Garden Bay

Ham's Bluff Lighthouse from Cane Garden Bay


The light structure is a cylindrical, cast iron tower built to a height of 35 feet on top of a concrete foundation.
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The diameter of the tower measures to about 12 feet. The exterior was painted white and the cupola, at the top, painted black to identify the light.

We were proceeding on and suddenly the GPS had a complete fit and told us to turn around. I should not have listened to it. We would have been fine had we just kept on going. But the GPS took us on roads (I think 695 and 693) which were listed on the map as unpaved, and indeed unpaved roads would have been better than what we were on. We were in the
Rain Forest area

Rain Forest area


Taxi in the Jungle

Taxi in the Jungle

xIMG_5306.JPGHanging vines

Hanging vines


At one point the car bottomed out and rocks kept hitting the underside.

Bob was also having trouble seeing.
IMG_5308.JPGShaft of sunlight

Shaft of sunlight


The sun seemed to be angry because the trees kept it from shining on us so it redoubled its efforts and when it hit the windshield, the reflections from the console blinded Bob.
Somewhere in the rain forest

Somewhere in the rain forest


We saw some things I didn't know existed - like the Zoo. Eventually we came out on the north side of Fredriksted.
Returning to civilizations

Returning to civilizations


Taxi turning the corner

Taxi turning the corner

We drove through Frederiksted on our way to lunch.
Celebrity passengers on the beach

Celebrity passengers on the beach


Mural in the street

Mural in the street


I suggested we go to the Turtle Deli again for lunch.
Turtle deli

Turtle deli

Menu

Menu


I got a Ruben (I should have asked them to leave the sauerkraut off) and Bob got a turkey melt. We each ate half, and took the rest home.

Then we went to try to photograph the St. Paul's cemetery across from the church, but everything was locked up tight. So we went to the Lutheran church. Bob said he had photoed everything last time, but there were six people missing that I knew were there. I climbed the steps and walked all the way around the church, and we did find four of them which weren't in the wall
One of the Gravestones we found

One of the Gravestones we found


Then we wanted to go to the Fort, so we drove around
Library

Library


and found a place to park.
Tree in the parking lot

Tree in the parking lot


Then we walked/scootered over to the fort
IMG_5327.JPGPlayground

Playground

Egret

Egret

Legislature building

Legislature building


We went past the Customs House,
Oscar E. Henry Customs House

Oscar E. Henry Customs House


and I found out that:

Frederiksted was the site of the emancipation of slaves on July3, 1848 in the then-Danish West Indies. Slaves were freed at Fort Frederik on the waterfront at the northern edge of Frederiksted by Governor-General Peter von Scholten after slaves led by Moses "Gen. Buddhoe" Gottleib (a slave) revolted. In 1848, Buddhoe was an enslaved African who could travel from plantation to plantation. He was a master sugar boiler and was hired out to virtually every sugar plantation on St. Croix. Buddhoe could read and write and was knowledgeable in world affairs. He used his skill and knowledge to organize the slaves in demanding their freedom.
Freedom Statue

Freedom Statue


"The revolt began when enslaved laborers on West End estates blew conch shells and rang estate bells around 8pm on July 2, 1848, as a sign to assemble at Estate La Grange and various other plantations"
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Prompted by the takeover of Fort Frederick, the military stronghold in St. Croix and threats by the slaves to "burn down the town of Frederiksted," Gov. General Peter Von Scholten reluctantly said "from this day onward all unfree in the Danish West Indies are free." St Croix celebrates July 3rd as Emancipation Day, and Frederiksted may be referred to locally as "Freedom City"
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The statue in front of the old Customs House is called called the Freedom statue and depicts a man blowing on a conch shell

Approaching the fort

Approaching the fort


We went through the Fort which I hadn't seen before except from the outside. Fredriksed was originally protected by Fort Frederik, which dates back to 1700. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754. It is in the National Historic District of Fredriksted and is a National Historic Site.
Entrance

Entrance


It isn't a part of the National Park system though so I couldn't use my Golden Passport for admission.
Sign at the entrance

Sign at the entrance


Inside Fort Frederick

Inside Fort Frederick

Courtyard

Courtyard

Damaged area

Damaged area

Powder magazine

Powder magazine

Solitary confinement cell

Solitary confinement cell


Fort Frederik Museum has an admission fee of $3.00 adults. Under age 16 admission is free.
Pictures in the museum

Pictures in the museum

Exhibits in the museum

Exhibits in the museum

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Shell collection

Shell designs

Shell designs

Stairs to the ramparts

Stairs to the ramparts


The museum is open on Saturdays only during cruise ship visits. 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 They had an exhibit of mahogany furniture upstairs that I didn't get to see, but we saw most of the rest of it - without climbing the ramparts of course. There
Ramparts

Ramparts

Cannons in the grass

Cannons in the grass

Clock Tower from the fort

Clock Tower from the fort


was an exhibit inside
Slave ship exhibit at the fort

Slave ship exhibit at the fort


window

window


And there was another exhibit of the Architectural Trim of Frederiksted 1898-1981 from the Robert S. Brown Collection
Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Door

Door

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Architectural details

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Fence or gate

House diorama

House diorama

Apothecary diorama

Apothecary diorama

Sign about the apothecary

Sign about the apothecary


Celebrity at the dock 2014

Celebrity at the dock 2014


The Celebrity Constellation was there. I saw two other people on scooters and one in a wheelchair. I went down along the waterfront.
Dive shop

Dive shop

DJ on the waterfront for cruise ship people

DJ on the waterfront for cruise ship people

Cruise ship dock

Cruise ship dock


I bought a shirt for Bob that said "We gave away the children, the cat was allergic" He had to pay for it as I had no money. I saw a baby's onesie that said "I cry when ugly people pick me up" but it was too small for our great grandson and was kind of mean anyway.
Cruisers buying items

Cruisers buying items

Trash cans

Trash cans


In 2005, there were major renovations around the cruise port. At the northern end is the Clock Tower Plaza, of which I have several photos. The clock tower stands on a rise of three limestone steps circling the structure.
Clock tower

Clock tower


The limestone was imported from Santo Domingo. Thinner limestone tiles decorate the bottom half of the tower. The clock has a new face and will chime on the hour. Seven flagpoles for the seven flags which at one time flew over St Croix stand in a semi-circle on the east side of the clock tower. A meandering path begins at the clock tower plaza and snakes its way through the entire waterfront area which is landscaped with several types of palm trees and indigenous flowering plants. The original walking path, along the sea, features the familiar four foot yellow "ballards," or columns, connected by heavy metal chain link.
Clock Tower Plaza

Clock Tower Plaza


The columns have been updated with limestone caps Rest rooms were being completed on the pier and there are additional rest rooms at the Oscar Henry Customs house a few feet away. A new oval sea wall, capped with limestone, provides several feet of scenic seating.

We went back to the car and came back to the condo- It rained a little bit. We got gas on the way. It is pretty much all $4.19/gal. everywhere. We've gone 125 miles since we left the airport and the car got 23.3 mpg.

Got back to the condo and Bob asked if I wanted to go for a swim, so we did. The pool is around the corner. I think if I could walk to Mill Cove we could snorkel out to the reef. Bob thought the pool was too cold, but it was refreshing.
Bob's bathing suit hanging to dry

Bob's bathing suit hanging to dry


We had some of our sandwiches and some of yesterday's salad for dinner.

4 December 2014

Today we had an appointment at 10 with the Moravian minister at Friedenstal (Valley of Peace) Church, so we started out (after one false start because of forgetting the water) about 9:15 and got there way early. I found the car had an actual manual in the glove compartment so we parked under a tree and Bob looked at that.

The Friedenstal mission church was founded by German Moravian brethren in 1752 outside of Christiansted. It was the first mission church of the Moravians on St. Croix The mission served as a training center for parishioners in trades, reading and writing. The parish house (or manse) was built in the 1830s. The present church, built from 1852-54, is unaltered and features a masonry and wood pedimented entry porch. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

About 9:45 we saw someone stirring. The minister (whose name is Winston George Chase - he said he was born when King George was the king) said his secretary had to take leave this month so he has to get along without secretarial help. He did not have any idea who was buried where in the cemetery and could not help reading the gravestones. He said all the log books had been sent to Bethlehem to be archived until they could figure out what to do with them. He did get out the photo copies he had made of the Births Deaths and Marriages and some of the Burial records. Of course all in cursive. I photo copied some of it (that is I took photos of it).

Then he told me that there was a third Moravian church in Midlands (in addition to the one in Fredriksted and his church). He gave us island type directions to it (go to Five Corners and turn on the road with the auto dealership....) And he said we could see the steeple once we turned on Midlands Road.

After we left there, we tried to go to Lord God of Sabbaoth Church to see the tablets inside the church, but couldn't find a place to park.
Thou Shalt Not Park Here

Thou Shalt Not Park Here


So we parked at the Fort, and Bob got out the scooter and we went over.
Side entrance with logo and date

Side entrance with logo and date


It was locked up and when we tried the phone number it just said when services were.
Lord God Of Sabaoth Lutheran Church from the street

Lord God Of Sabaoth Lutheran Church from the street


Church Sign

Church Sign


We did see the five or six that are outside on the wall where the parking lot is,
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Courtyard


and Bob stood on the fence with my camera and took photos.

Then we went to have lunch. We decided it would be cheaper to have lunch out at a restaurant and take the leftovers home for dinner. (rather than have dinner out, and take the leftovers home for lunch because lunch is usually cheaper than dinner). So when we were in Christiansted I was using the scooter to ride along the boardwalk and we were looking for a restaurant to eat lunch.
You Are Here sign

You Are Here sign


Down a little alley we saw a sign that said "You Are Here". So we looked at the
Menu outside

Menu outside


and then went in to have lunch.
Counter

Counter


On the wall was a big map where for $1.00 you could make a little pin with a flag on it and place it on the map where you were "from".
Map

Map


The map was interesting to look at, but we didn't spend $1.00 for a pin. Their advertisement says: Lounge and Relax. You Are Here Bar & Grille offers an assortment of menu options including The Best Pizza on the Island! We have award winning items that have been recognized by "The Taste of St. Croix". I had the
Yah Burger

Yah Burger


which was supposed to have an egg on it but didn't. But the hamburger itself was REALLY good. I ate the hamburger part and left the cheese, lettuce and tomato and roll for dinner. I also ate Bob's cole slaw out of his
Shrimp Basket

Shrimp Basket


because he likes chopped and I like the sliced cabbage.and this cole slaw was sliced.
Coaster

Coaster


Then Bob heard me say that we would go home, and actually what I said was that we would try to find the Friedensfeld church and then go home. So we went back to the condo. Got there about 1:45.
Looking out at the water from our unit

Looking out at the water from our unit

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Whim and Kingshill

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - December 5-7


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Friday, 5 December 2014

Since we didn't go yesterday, I decided to visit the Friedensfeld church over by Kingshill Cemetery this morning.
Friedensfeld Moravian Church sign

Friedensfeld Moravian Church sign


Friedensfeld (Field of Peace) was the third Moravian mission on St.Croix. In 1807, the Brethren acquired six acres from Estate Mon Bijou. The church was completed and dedicated on February 12, 1819. By 1854, the church had a congregation of more than 2,000, and today, the building is still used by a small and active congregation. The church is a fine combination of Gothic and Classical revival elements and is one of the largest frame buildings on the islands. The Church has been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Fredensfeld Moravian Church and Cemetery

Fredensfeld Moravian Church and Cemetery


This new grave was listed in the Moravian cemetery in Christensted but we found it here.
"Batigo" Benjamin

"Batigo" Benjamin


Bob got out of the car and was taking photos and I was sitting in the car in the shade, when someone stopped and asked me if I was looking for my Danish ancestors (I guess he figured that I wasn't island Moravian as most of them are black).

Turns out there is a small cemetery behind this church. So after Bob finished with the Friedensfeld Moravian cemetery, we drove back and there was a little cemetery surrounded by a pretty white picket fence which had about 18 graves in it
Cemetery behind the church

Cemetery behind the church

Cemetery gate

Cemetery gate


This cemetery is described by local people as "Danish" but really it is the members of the Friedensfeld Moravian Church who died and were buried prior to about 1930.

It is behind the chuch and behind the ruins behind the church at the edge of the woods. It is a small square, surrounded by a white picket fence with two brick entrance pillars. There is no sign. There is a cement square with Sixteen grave markers spaced around it (four on a side) and one grave in the middle, plus two graves outside the square. It may be that the grave markers were collected and placed in this square around the marker in the middle which is for the pastor.
Square of graves

Square of graves


I had looked in the book that the owner has for guests to see if there were any restaurants over in that area, and I picked Le Reine Chicken Shack as a good possibility. The GPS does not know where cemeteries are, but it knew Le Reine Chicken Shack.
Sign on the top

Sign on the top


So we stopped there. The place has a full bar,
Bar area

Bar area


and a window where you order and another window where you pick up the cooked food.
ordering window

ordering window


There was also an ATM.
ATM machine

ATM machine


The seating area was under cover, but there were no side walls so it was basically outside. They don't accept credit cards, but they do have restrooms.Their BBQ chicken is slow cooked with pure coal. The full menu includes ribs, steak, pork chops, meatloaf, conch, fish, and traditional sides like mac-n-cheese, rice and beans, and Johnny Cakes. Fresh whole roasted pork every Saturday,

I thought Bob would get ribs, but he got a
Half chicken

Half chicken


and I got conch stew. I got it to go. Bob questioned that, but I said, if we get it to go, then we don't have to ask for a box. My stew came with rice, beans and a salad.

Then we went over to Kingshill. It was CRAWLING with funerals. So we went up into the new section (where there wasn't anyone) and Bob got my scooter out and we took some photos.
Bob's picture of me in Kingshill

Bob's picture of me in Kingshill

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Eventually I decided that I could go over where the funerals were on the scooter, so I left Bob taking photos, and went over there. I went to the building that I thought was where Cyril King was buried but it was a chapel. One of the guys who was weed whacking (I think they use prisoners for upkeep because there were guards with guns lounging around) told me that Cyril King and his wife were in the next building. With many many steps up to it. He said if I could go up the steps it was unlocked. But it wasn't. I went up the steps and could only peek in through the glass.
Cyril King and his wife

Cyril King and his wife


After I got down the steps, I went over to try to find Valmay Thomas's grave, thinking it would be in the military section, but I didn't see it. A white hearse came in, and then left, and a black hearse came in. There was singing. I sat at the top of the hill on my scooter. Eventually a man in a red car came along and wanted me to go down the hill (I think), so I did. I watched them unload the black hearse - the singing had stopped. A large black lady asked me for a ride and we discussed various vehicle possibilities. And eventually I worked my way down to the gate and Bob came out from where he had parked.

We came back to the unit and turned the A/C on.

Saturday 6 December 2014

Saturday we spent most of the day at the Whim Plantation. First we took photos of the gravestones on the next property
Grave next to Whim plantation

Grave next to Whim plantation

Funeral home marker

Funeral home marker

Grave next to Whim Plantation

Grave next to Whim Plantation


Then we went to the Museum Archive Library.
Whim plantation library

Whim plantation library

Gravestone in the Library

Gravestone in the Library


We met one of the local Find A Grave volunteers there.
My friend holding up a rubbing of Anna's gravestone

My friend holding up a rubbing of Anna's gravestone


Rubbings are prohibited by FindAGrave because they damage the stones, so I could not post this photo on the website.
Microfishe copy of Anna Heegaard's obituary

Microfishe copy of Anna Heegaard's obituary


When it got to be lunch time, Bob went with someone to a place called Amigos. We were told not to order fried foods as they would be dried out so I got BBQ.
BBQ ribs, rice and salad

BBQ ribs, rice and salad


We ate at a table outside the library.
View from where we ate outside

View from where we ate outside

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Later I took a photo of Amigos as we drove by
7275538-Amigos_as_we_drove_by_St_Croix.jpgPassing Amigos

Passing Amigos


They called for us to Lord God of Sabaoth Church and told us we could either go before the service Saturday evening or before the Sunday morning service. I decided to go Saturday evening because then if it didn't work, I would still be able to try Sunday morning. And the church was open.
Interior of the church

Interior of the church


We went in and I took photos of the markers on the walls inside. Most of them were written in Latin.
Plaque inside Lord God of Sabaoth Church

Plaque inside Lord God of Sabaoth Church

Plaque inside for Peter and Anne Marie de Kreutzer Clausen

Plaque inside for Peter and Anne Marie de Kreutzer Clausen

Stone in the church floor

Stone in the church floor


There are a number of plaques in and around the church which mark the burials of church members. Some of these may have been gravestones at the original church.
Plaques on the outside wall

Plaques on the outside wall


There is no cemetery as such - just the plaques attached to the church. Most of the graves are at the Danish Cemetery. But the people on these plaques did not also have grave markers in the Danish Cemetery, so I was able to get their memorials moved to the church where they belonged.

Sunday 7 December 2014

Sunday we didn't do much other than go and find the Animal Flea Market. Coming toward Christensted on Route 75, you turn left up the next road just past Olympic Car Rental. There is a sign on Route 75 that says St Croix Animal Shelter Flea Market and points left.
Animal shelter flea market

Animal shelter flea market

Steps

Steps


Our friends had told us that there were two grave markers in the sidewalk in front of it
Graves location

Graves location

Master Mariner's grave

Master Mariner's grave


And then we went and got KFC for lunch.
Bob at KFC

Bob at KFC

Fried chicken

Fried chicken

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes


We packed. And I also took some photos of the flowers
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Monday 8 December 2014

Monday we were getting ready to leave and some other people came thinking they could check in. Check out is 11 and check in is 3. So they were a little early. We left the unit about 11. We drove to the Kingshill Lutheran Church
Kingshill Lutheran Church

Kingshill Lutheran Church

One of the graves

One of the graves


and took photos and also took a photo of the Friedensberg Moravian Church sign in Frederriksted.
Friedensberg Moravian Church

Friedensberg Moravian Church


Friedensburg (Hill of Peace) was the second Moravian mission established in St. Croix.

Then we stopped to get gas
Top Gas near the airport

Top Gas near the airport


and drove to the airport
Airport

Airport


and checked in. They didn't have anyone to push the wheelchair, but we didn't have to pay for the bags this time. Since we got to the airport so early, we decided to eat lunch there at the snack bar. The snack bar is OUTSIDE security. So you can eat there without going through security first. It was inside the air conditioned area,
Tables in the snack bar

Tables in the snack bar


but we couldn't get the wheelchair in very easily - one of us had to hold the door open and the other one pushed the chair.
Menu in the snack bar

Menu in the snack bar


I had an
Egg Sandwich

Egg Sandwich


(which was good) and Bob had
Tuna

Tuna


Everything is made to order - this is not fast food. We used the facilities, and then pointed out our bags to the TSA so they could put them through the scanner. We sat in the airport lounge for a bit until our plane left
Jet Blue loading

Jet Blue loading


Leaving St. Croix

Leaving St. Croix

Dock for commercial carriers

Dock for commercial carriers


When we got to Miami, we had another turkey sub for dinner. We got to BWI about midnight.
Arriving at BWI

Arriving at BWI


The bathrooms were all closed, but we finally found one that was open. Bob had the wheelchair pusher deposit me on a bench and then he went and got the bags. He put the battery back in the scooter and put my computer bag and his carryon into the scooter suitcase.
Van pick up

Van pick up


When we went out to get the van to the Hampton Inn it was 33 deg F. Quite different from the temperatures in St. Croix. We got to the Hampton Inn about 12:30 and spent the night.
TV in the Hampton Inn

TV in the Hampton Inn


Then we drove home in the morning.

Our next trip was in March to England

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