When a lousy golfer (like me) is having a bad round, then hits an awesome shot, someone will inevitably say, “Those are the ones that keep you coming back.” That phrase seemed particularly apropos as today, our last full day on STJ, was the kind that makes you remember why you went through the cost and hassles of getting here.
After a light rain this morning, the clouds blew out by 9:00 and for the remainder of the day the winds were light and the skies clear. We hit the road early and made our first stop the Colombo Smoothie shop on Centerline Road. The villa was essentially devoid of food, and we figured a nice smoothie was sort of like a breakfast (it has fruit in it, after all, right?). They were delicious, and we headed to Salt Pond with our bellies full. Salt Pond was the perfect choice to start the day. Crowds were moderate, and we found parking right at the entrance of the access road. Snorkeling was pretty poor – saw a few rays, but that was about it.
Around 1:00 we left and made a visit to the Tourist Trap. We waited about 15 minutes for a table, downing a round of “Boom-Boom’s” while we waited. I had the lobster roll, the boys had fish tacos, and Bobbi chose the pulled pork sandwich. Thumbs-up across the board. My only complaint – there was a mildly unpleasant odor emanating from somewhere adjacent to the restaurant. Not sure what it was, but every once in a while the wind would blow just so and we’d catch a whiff of something unappetizing.
Around 2:30 we left for Trunk Bay, hoping that many of the crowds would be gone when we arrived. Sure enough, we found multiple parking spots open and a group of cruise ship visitors was leaving just as we arrived. Despite the “crowds” that are sometimes found at trunk, it remains a breathtaking beauty. We laughed, reflected on the highs and lows of our trip, and enjoyed the beauty surrounding us.
About 5:30 we headed back to Christy Ann, showered-up and left for dinner. We’d planned to go to Rhumb Lines, but upon calling we learned they’d decided, “to take a day off to recover from the holiday weekend.” What??? Must be nice to run a business so successful you can simply close down for a day during prime season. Oh, well. We went to Ocean Grill instead. Two flat-iron steaks, one grilled yellow fin, one stuffed chicken, and one pasta with mushroom sauce – all winners. I also had a bowl of the conch chowder, which was delicious.
After walking-off dinner we headed back to the villa, and began the sad process of packing. Tomorrow we hit the road back to freezing Chicago. We all agreed that, while we have absolutely loved our two visits to STJ, we won’t be returning in the near term. Tomorrow I’ll share a few thoughts on our experience, a few suggestions for those considering a trip, and (sorry) a few things we won’t miss.