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The Plastic Water Bottle Dilemma – Save the Planet & Some Cash!

The Plastic Water Bottle Dilemma - Save the Planet & Some Cash! 1

Hi there!  Today I’m going to get a bit real with you all about something that drives me absolutely crazy…Disposable plastic water bottles!  Did you know that, “According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86% of disposable water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter, adding 38 billion disposable water bottles in U.S. landfills?”  That’s INSANE.  And totally preventable!  And, here on St. John, or in the Virgin Islands in general, there is NO plastic recycling so it is actually 100% of those disposable bottles that end up in our one landfill on St. Thomas or on the beaches, trails or…worse, in the water!  But, this problem is something that we can all do a little bit about in order to cut down on this waste and litter on our beautiful island…Oh, and you’ll save a bundle of cash as well!

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Mandatory Monday Beach Break

Mandatory Monday Beach Break 3

Hello all!  It is a beautifully overcast and breezy Monday morning here on St. John and we had an absolutely perfect Sunday yesterday!  It is RARE that both Teddy and myself have a day off from ALL of our jobs.  But, we took the day yesterday and spent some time truly enjoying St. John.  And I took a little video clip to ensure that all of you got a little beach break today as well!

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Important Testing Clarification: PCR AND RAPID Tests are Both OK!

Important Testing Clarification: PCR AND RAPID Tests are Both OK! 4

Happy Weekend to you all!  I normally try to take the weekends off…from at least this job 🙂  But, I saw a ton of comments on the post from Thursday that are basically just false.  And, for those of your with upcoming trips on the horizon,  I wanted to give you a quick update about the type of test necessary to get into the territory.

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COVID on St. John- Last Minute Cancellations and Restaurant Closures

COVID on St. John- Last Minute Cancellations and Restaurant Closures 5

Good Morning, Good Morning! Due to the recent (January 3) changes in protocols, I have written a lot about the testing requirements to get into the territory recently. And many of you have scrambled and made those quick turnaround tests happen! But, what I haven’t mentioned is the effects of this current surge in the territory, on St. John specifically. And there is some definite news you can use here, especially if you are currently on island or planning a last minute trip!

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The Whales are Back!

The Whales are Back! 6

Yesterday was an absolutely incredible day for many boaters, residents and whale watchers on St. John!  We were out on a half  day sail near Little St. James when the radio started going crazy with Coast Guard recognition of a small pod of whales off of St. John’s North Shore.  I pulled up Facebook (yes, it IS good for some things!) and saw the alerts from other boaters.  “Whales spotted on the North Shore heading towards Lovango.”  That was at about 1PM yesterday.  As the afternoon went on, more and more friends and comrades began posting videos and photos of their encounters.  Unfortunately, we were passing them like ships in the night, so none of these photos are my own (I was almost crying at the end of the day, LOL).  But, check out the following for some pictures, snaps from videos and info on how to properly conduct yourself in the event of one of these magical encounters!

Cover photo:  Steve Simonsen Photography – February, 2021

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Eat Local Food – A Guide to St. John’s Caribbean Inspired Eateries

Eat Local Food - A Guide to St. John's Caribbean Inspired Eateries 7

Hello all!  This is a topic I have been wanting to share with you comprehensively for a very long time.  In many Caribbean and International tourism destinations, the native culture of the place remains somewhat apparent, despite outside influences.  I recall being in Costa Rica and eating “Tipico” or typical Costa Rican food nearly every day!  And, on our trip to Grenada this summer, locally inspired cuisine was the norm.  Here on St. John, it is unfortunately a bit more difficult to seek out the local and Caribbean inspired dining options.  But, they are out there in abundance.  And well worth the search!

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Delicious Roti from The King- Mr. Hill

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A Few Clarifications on COVID Testing for Travel

A Few Clarifications on COVID Testing for Travel 9

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that you all found a great way to celebrate the old year and ring in the new over the weekend!  We closed out the old year with a DOLPHIN sighting at Lovango Cay!  A mama and her baby were just playing around in the water right next to us for like 20 minutes.  I laughed, I cried and a gave a whole lotta gratitude for that magical moment in time.  And we rang in the New Year at Beach Bar with Mother Goat and many beautiful members of our island family.  Masked up and getting down.  It was AWESOME.  So cheers to you, cheers to St. John and cheers to a bright new 2022 ahead of us all 🙂  And, now, on to the news….

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I was not very quick with my camera…But here’s a little sneak of those beautiful creatures in the water at Lovango 🙂

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Happy Old Year- Gratitude for the Year Behind Us

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Today marks the dawn of the last day of the old year.  The last day of 2021.  The last day before a new horizon line of a bright new year is laid out in front of us.  In Africa, and correspondingly the Caribbean, you might hear a phrase that seems a bit foreign to your ears on our generally stated “New Year’s Eve.”

“Happy Old Year.”

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Island Update: A Few Fun Announcements From St. John

Island Update: A Few Fun Announcements From St. John 12

With the New Year right around the corner, we could all use some new horizons and good news to gaze upon, right? Well, there are some exciting things happening on St. John in the near future. So, I thought I would dedicate a little time in these dwindling hours of 2021 to share some random and exciting tidbits with you all!

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