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What To Do During the Slow Season on St. John

What To Do During the Slow Season on St. John 1

Good Morning, Good Morning!  It’s the sleepiest time of year on St. John…But that doesn’t mean your vacation has to be.  We all know that A TON of businesses are currently closed for the off-season and that you can definitely expect lighter crowds and less coordinated activities during this time of year.  But, if you are lucky enough to be visiting during these sleepier months, you might happen upon some fun that you just didn’t expect.  Aside from the emptier than normal beaches, hiking trails and parking areas that we should ALL be taking advantage of, there are many businesses that are remaining open during these slower months.  And, today, I want to touch on those establishments AND some fun activities that you may have never tried before!

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St. John Weather – Mid-Hurricane Season Report

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Good Morning, Good Morning!  It has been a blissful week of necessary internet timeout for this girl right here, but I have missed writing for you all!  I hope that you all enjoyed reading Katie’s posts from afar as much as I have this morning as I caught up on the news.  Her photos and videos were absolutely beautiful.  Let’s get a round of applause for Katie and her incredible initial efforts here on the News of St. John!

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Katie’s photos put mine to shame!

When I say “internet timeout…” Well, there is one thing that I was regularly checking in on over this past week.  And that is the WEATHER!  With Asante hauled out in Puerto Rico and our beloved home sitting under the watchful eye of our landlord on St. John…Well, the weather this time of year can be a bit unnerving.  So far, with the exception of a close call from Hurricane Earl last week, things have been moderately quiet as we inch through the most stressful part of the Hurricane Season.  But that’s no reason to drop our guards.  Hurricane season technically lasts until November!  Let’s take a look at what you can expect on St. John over the next little bit if you have a blissful off-season trip planned…

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Delicious and Juicy: Local Fruits of St. John and Where to Find Them!

Delicious and Juicy: Local Fruits of St. John and Where to Find Them! 4

Good morning on this fabulous Friday!! Today is my last blog post with you for a while since Hillary hops back on here after a (hopefully) restful and (undoubtedly) fun vacation! Today I want to highlight some yummy summer fruit we have ripe and ready on St. John, and also show you were you can find it. I’ll take you foraging in Coral Bay, wandering around our (hopefully) soon-to-be library, and visiting friendly fruit stands for the most ripe and ready to-go spread you could want! Let’s dig in (literally into this mango)!

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Flamboyant and Proud of It!

Flamboyant and Proud of It! 5

Good morning, good morning! Anyone who has ever been to St. John in the summer season (or many other tropical paradises all over the world), has most likely noticed the amazing Flamboyant trees. These magical trees add a splash of bright red, orange and/or yellow to our beautiful green mountainsides and provide much needed shade from the summer sun. There’s probably some basic information you know about these trees, because how could you not get curious the moment you see them! What I’m hoping to highlight today, are a few fun facts about this tree that you may not know!

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St. John Appreciation Day: The Beauty and Peace Around Us

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Good morning everyone! I woke up yesterday morning to some pretty crazy thunderstorms! My dog retreated to his usual safe spot in my shower, and I decided to start my day an hour earlier then planned. After checking any Facebook updates for the weather and our proximity to Tropical Storm Earl, I was reminded that yesterday was the five year anniversary of Irma on St. John.

I wasn’t here for the storms back in 2017, but my cousin was and I remember checking for news updates every couple of minutes, worried about her and her friends that I had met during my several visits over the years. Since moving here and becoming part of the community, I have heard stories of how the storms changed a lot for people I know and love. Yesterday, I could feel something in the air. Perhaps it was nostalgia, or fear, or a humbled respect for the power of mother earth…irreguardless, I found myself eager to appreciate the beauty peace around me, and hug loved ones.

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St. John Island Traffic Report Part Two: Furry Friends and Coral Bay

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Good morning! I hope everyone’s weekend was exactly what it needed to be for you to feel alive and well on this Monday morning! I have been fully enjoying the consistent rain showers that break up these early days of September (thanks Earl!) My plants are happy and thriving and all the green on this island is jumping up and down with excitement to not be so thirsty anymore! As promised, Part two of my St. John “traffic” report is here, this time with a little more information actually related to our roads! And featured today will be some furry free-roaming friends meandering throughout Coral Bay.

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St. John Traffic Report Part One: North Shore Overlooks and Roadside Attractions

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Good morning, good morning! Today I hopped in my cute little island-style Honda Element with the goal of giving you the most Island-vibes traffic report I could create! As you know, North Shore Road, Centerline Road, and South Shore Road, are all two-laned winding roads that can easily get backed up with the business of island life. Some of our usual St. John traffic obstructions include, water trucks to fill dried up cisterns, construction trucks for building material transport, sightseers, and a few furry friends that roam freely (we will get to them later!).

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STJ>DIA – A Travel Report

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Good Morning, Good Morning!  I’m reporting to you live from Denver, Colorado this morning and have slightly recovered from an insanely long travel day on Monday.  Typically speaking, when I am venturing to anywhere west of the  Mississippi from St. John, I try to schedule a night or two in Florida or some other direct flight destination in order to break up the trek a bit.  But, this time we had things to do and people to see so we booked a Frontier flight ($150 one way!  What???) with a two hour layover in Orlando.  Let me tell you, every time I leave St. John the travel day has me STRESSED.  But, this time, after a lot of overplanning and preparing for the worst, everything (miraculously) went off without a hitch!

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Support the Kids of Love City!

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Good Morning All!  We made it safely and, surprisingly, on time to Denver last night and are dealing with the super fun time changes and super dry (for my humidity acclimated skin) air.  Thank you to all of you for your well wishes yesterday 🙂  But, enough about me.  This one is for the kids!  There are many non-profit and privately funded educational programs on island that we regularly promote here.  But, RARELY is there an opportunity to support the educations of the kids in public school, specifically on St. John.  Well, if you are a passionate supporter of education AND Love City, here is your opportunity to give directly to the teachers at Julius E. Sprauve School (JESS) in order to create a more functional and creative space for our kiddos to learn and grow!

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Up, Up and Away!

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Good Morning, Good Morning!  It is Monday at 8AM at our home on St. John and I am writing to all of you just as we are about to make a mad dash to the door and then the ferry and then the airport (hurry up and wait?) and then the connecting flight and then into downtown Denver!  We are taking a little off-season sabbatical to the states for family, friends, live music, great (inexpensive!) food and the chance to bust out some jeans and scarves in that “frigid” 60 degree weather 🙂  As much as I LOVE living here and calling this place home, a little time away from the Caribbean to rest and reset, enjoy some creature comforts and partake in  gigantic hugs from loved ones is always a necessity.  Too much of a good thing can still be too much right?

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