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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.
IMG_5167.JPGLanding in Miami

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

IMG_5180.JPGShoes in miami

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

62258a40-685f-11e9-a7ed-57e9cdcde1ae.JPGLanding St Croix 5:12

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

7275220-Getting_Groceries.jpgMourning doves in the parking lot

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

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:43 Archived in US Virgin Islands

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