Winds blew overnight - lights were off in Coral Bay but our house is solar powered, so no problems. I'm sittling on the deck, with bug spray and wrapped in a sheet writing this while looking at the lights of Soper's Hole and Tortola, Virgin Gorda, the boats at Pirates Bite on Norman and Coral Bay shinning in the distance.
Husband and I spent the day driving around and taking pictures from all the overlooks we could find. We drove through town, stopped for a meat pate and conch fritters, and drove thorough Coral Bay, past Guy Benjamin School, past the turtle rock and out to Vies and back past Shipwreck and to Miss Lucy's. Then back to the house to pack up and clean up after ourselves.
We talked about all of our adventures the past two weeks and just how much fun and laughter we had and how many people we met along the way that made this trip so special and memorable.
When our toes first hit the sand at the ferry dock two weeks ago, and I posted that first "topic" we never imagined that we would be writing Day 14.
We have met so many wonderful people the last two weeks. The generosity of spirit on this island is everywhere. We leave here enriched by everyone who we have met. We will miss the old friends we got to know even better, and the new friends both on island and from up north who have crossed our paths.
One of my favorite stories was told by a local who was saying she had finally give up her driver's license up north and get one for USVI. She said she hadn't "studied" the driver's manual yet but her friends were helping her out and she swears this is true. She said the test was pretty much standard except for the following question: "How long is it appropriate to stop and talk to friends on the road?"
and the correct answer is: "Not too long".
I hope I have followed the USVI rules and not stopped too long on the road with these postings. Your words of support and encouragement havebeen greatly appreciated. To all of you who have been to St John, to those of you who will be returning, and to you "newbies", my husband and I wish you safe travels and many adventures filled with laughter, love and post card experiences. It is true, when you step foot on St. John, you are changed forever. Who would have ever thought that this time, some of the changes would have come from people I've never met. Thank your all for your generosity of spirit. Much gratitude to you all.