Wednesday, 29 January 2014

St Croix Christiansted & remaining days here

Drove into Christiansted and strolled around found yet another Fort / museum then had a nice lunch.

Sunday January 19th:
Off out in the car for a drive to the rain forrest, I must explain that due to the state if disrepair you can't drive too fast its sort of a built in speed ramp well not ramp big holes, all over, both sides, guess tyres don't last for very long neither does the suspension unless you have a 4 wheel drive of course.
The rain forrest is easily reached but with very few stopping places unless you go "off road" which we couldn't do in a hire car, I knew we should have had a jeep!

Christiansted harbor 

Sometimes we see some odd sites, well whilst in the car park of a place in the hills Don noticed an unusual car, a homemade convertible car, someone had simply cut off the roof behind the windscreen,  zoom in on the photo and you can see.

He should stay nice and cool.

I thought I would use this opportunity to post some pictures taken in St Croix as well as our news.

BOOM !!!!!!!!!

Local resident in Christiansted

Christiansted Fort

Big guns
There are old cannons everywhere it does seem a shame but I guess they have so many

We saw some huge mahogany trees and so many different kinds most of which form a canopy over the road. One of the places along the way we ate a typical Caribbean lunch, roast pork, rice and beans with a "johnny cake" (sort of fried bread). Oh the local drink is a Mama Wama, a mixture of rum, honey and herbs, not for me I gave mine to Don, I stuck to ginger ale. This place is home of  the "beer drinking pigs" you throw them a can and they chomp on it and drink the beer, sorry didn't manage any photo's.

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I wonder how many babies they had
This was a branding iron they used it to mark the right thigh of the slaves

Model depicting a Danish house
The commode in the bedroom

Don, if that thing goes off you will lose more than your arm.
1763 they had lots of cannons then

A bedroom piano
The next couple of days we went over to Fredericksted again to pick up new bits for the diving gear, I can feel a gurgle coming on.

St Croix Yacht club, small and private but it looks very rolly and there is a huge reef to go around first.

The furthest point east is Udall point which is also the most easterly place in the US. The road to it has great views and there is a park which has covered places where you can picnic. The park is right on the beach, on the opposite side is a huge radio telescope.
We returned the car to the rental company so we started the chores on the boat again.

Still in St Croix one of the US Virgins.
Udall Point.
Udall point was a short drive along the coast, there is a monument to mark it and the signs say its the most easterly place in the united states. There are poles to show the points of the compass.

The view of the coast and Buck Island is well worth seeing.

On the road we passed the St Croix marina so we took a peek, the marina is quite small and to access by boat is via a very long reef which you would think protects the marina, well from what we saw we didn't they were rolling quite a lot. 

Cramer Park:
Another place we passed going to the point, its a public park which is pretty much on the beach, quite a few shelters and areas for children to play. It wasn't exactly busy when we were there and only afterwards did we find it was a national holiday it seems weird to be so quiet.

Opposite Cramer park is a huge radio telescope we watched it move quite a lot, when we moved closer we couldn't see any information about it. 

Today Wednesday 22nd we leave for Buck Island, there is a place to anchor and its pretty shallow so we should be able to snorkel there, unfortunately we don't have air for the cylinders and the batteries on the dive watches have failed so there won't be any diving yet, never mind plenty to come I'm sure.
We like St Croix and are considering returning.

I will post lots more photos from here on the next few pages

Until next time BFN
Don and Glenys
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