Coincidence?? Hmmm… Haha 🙂
So it’s been nine months since our little world down here changed. As I have said month after month, the progress here has been simply amazing. Sure, things aren’t perfect and that’s ok. Caneel, Cinnamon and Concordia are closed for the foreseeable future. The Beach Bar and Rum Hut, two of our favorite beachfront bars, remain closed as do a handful of other great spots. Coral Bay is a resilient little community, but it too needs some more time to heal.
However on the bright side, we have dozens of shops and restaurants that are open. We have at least 100 different accommodations for you to choose from. The airlines are expanding their flight options to and from St. Thomas. Sure, it’s not as much as we’d hoped for, but again, that’s ok. Our beaches are healing and several look great. The reefs look really good in some areas. We still have fish, and there are so many turtles at Maho!! Our wildlife is thriving. I saw the cutest baby fawn over at Jumbie yesterday, and Steve and Janet Simonsen saw a flock of flamingos over Great Cruz Bay this morning … amazing!
Kenny Chesney released a new song last week, and there’s a line in it that struck me. “We say we can, when they say we can’t,” he sings. I think that sums up this island perfectly.
So as I mentioned in the headline, yours truly is nearly nine months pregnant. I’ve reached a point where I am now planning on taking a little step back from News of St. John. But no worries, this is only a temporary thing while I wait for my Little Man to arrive and for the early part of his life.
So in the upcoming weeks, there may be a day where I skip a post because this mama-to-be needs her rest. I will continue to write, but you may see some other names pop up as authors on this blog from time to time. I am so fortunate to have the talent of three amazing island gals who have signed on to keep the “news” going during the next couple of months. I will introduce you to all of them very soon.
As far as island tours go, we’re putting those on hold too. But no need to worry, we will be back up and running in full swing October 1st.
And for full disclosure, we’ve decided to have Little Man up in the states for several different reasons. So like many of you, we will be doing the walk of woe (as I’ve seen many of you call it) at the ferry dock in the near future. But I assure you that we will be back as soon as this little fella gets the go ahead to travel. Oh, and we will absolutely let you all know as soon as he makes his debut. 🙂
In the meantime, please check out these pics that show the remarkable change seen here over the past nine months. And please check out Kenny’s song about the islands in its entirety. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.