Sunday, March 26, 2017

YOLO in St. Croix, USVI Feb 2017

We left Dominica and headed straight up to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.  We skipped all the islands along the normal cruiser's route as we'd been there before and didn't want the hassle of clearing in and out for just a day or two at each place as we island hopped our way home.

We anchored in Gallows Bay at Christianstead and took the dinghy to the boardwalk.  This dinghy provides good advice for all--"Sit Down and Shut Up".

The old Customs House near the fort on the waterfront.
 The Scale House where they used to weigh their goods before shipping them to other parts of the world back in the 17-1800's.
 A double rainbow over the anchorage at Christianstead.  We get a lot of rain here.
Seaplanes come and go daily here, so the anchorage space is limited farther in from the reefy entrance here.

 These are long green tendrils of seaweed that grow on the rocks near the boardwalk here.  They float like long green hair in the lapping water here.
 Fort Christianvaern, built in the 1700's by the Dutch.  Their lasting architecture has been restored here and is quite impressive.
Stacks of old cannonballs inside the fort still.

 This strutting cock seemed to want us all to notice his brilliant colors.
 The boardwalk along the shore in Christianstead.  Note the old sugar mill.  They dot the island here from the days of sugar cane processing and rum making.  Cruzan Rum is still made in the VI.
 We came to the boardwalk to watch a dog parade but soon learned that the paper had misprinted the date and the parade had been the previous week.  New locals, Clare and Kelly had brought their new rescue puppy, Ro, to watch and we ended up yakking for hours.
 Ro was the center of attention with all passersby, but soon got tired and just flopped down for a rest.  We gave her 1st Place for the best dog of the day.
 Old cannons at the fort.  Our boat is way off in the distance there.
 We got a permit to anchor overnight at Buck Island National Marine Park, a few miles off the coast here.  The sandy beaches and clear water were such a nice change and we snorkeled every day for the five days we stayed here.  There is an underwater snorkel trail here at the other end of the island, too.
 Jason stopped to talk to Chris and Deb, members of the yacht club here and they invited us for the Sunday brunch at the yacht club.  We moved YOLO from Buck Island to Teague Bay to join them.
 The old church tower is part of the historic waterfront here.  All the historic buildings are the same yellow color now and owned by the government.
The inside of the Scale House with the old scale in the floor.

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