What To Say Today…

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Jumbie, March 11, 2020

Well friends, there is clearly a lot going on in the world right now. I like to think that we live in a little utopia down here where we are sheltered from a lot of the bad that happens across the globe. But like many of you, I cannot stop watching the news, and what is occurring around the world is unsettling.

I understand that News of St. John gives you all a much-needed break everyday, so we are going to continue to do that. We understand the severity of what’s going on right now, but we plan to continue business as usual because everyone needs some sort of escape, right?

Today, we’re simply going to share some images we took over the past few days. We’re also going to share some pictures of the sun halo that were captured over at Bolongo Bay on St. Thomas. They’re pretty incredible. Today we’re taking two couples from Connecticut on an island tour (one couple lives just a few miles from my parents – small world!), and I plan to take several pictures and videos for you all. I will share those later tonight. Because, again, we all need some sort of escape, right?

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Francis Bay, March 5, 2020
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Mary Creek, March 11, 2020
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Round Bay, March 11, 2020
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Trunk Bay, March 10, 2020
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Sun Halo, Image credit: Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas
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Sun Halo, Image credit: Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas

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Beautiful stuff, isn’t is. I hope you all have a wonderful day today! Be well.

27 thoughts on “What To Say Today…”

  1. Much needed serenity while looking at the pictures. Your island is my favorite place on earth. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  2. We are supposed to arrive Saturday…..we have to make our decision to go or not TODAY. Super stressed!! 5 families coming for Spring Break, 23 people. UGH

    • That’s only a decision you can make. But we have had zero cases here and it is currently business as usual. But I understand the apprehension of traveling right now.

  3. Jenn, you take such wonderful pictures! Thank you for keeping me connected to St. John. I can’t wait to get back there and relax!

  4. Wow, never seen a Sun Halo! Beautiful. Thanks for sending the pictures our way, Jenn. Looking forward to your videos tonight.

  5. Hoping to find a way!! The wife found an airfare last night for like $100 one way to STT. I’m thinking we should just come down to St John for the next few months! 🙂 ((not to mention our ultimate goal of just moving there))

  6. Trip is booked for 3/25 – 4/2. Long-time visitor and we still want to come. However, I want to be respectful to all those that live there full-time. There is a lot of chatter on St. John social media pages. i.e. coming is selfish? My question is … do you (STJ) want us there. Lost revenue not being a factor.

    • Do I want you to come? Yes. I have not interacted with one person here on island who has said that they do not want visitors here.

      From the CDC:
      CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

      Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:

      Avoid contact with sick people.
      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
      Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
      It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

  7. Really really hoping we will still be able to come in mid-April. This pics are a nice respite in these stressful times.

    • I understand the concern, and I recognize both sides of the argument. I do not read the social media sites where the hate is allowed to spread, but I have heard about it. Reading or participating in hateful conversations simply isn’t what I am about. If you are sick, you absolutely should not come. You should not go anywhere. Only you can make the decision whether or not to come.

      From the CDC:
      CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

      Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:

      Avoid contact with sick people.
      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
      Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
      It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

  8. Thank you! So needed to see that video and listen to that song! I miss St. John so much and miss my 2 loved ones that live there. Was just there in December but so want to be there again and soon!

  9. I’m not alarmist or anything but . . . Yeah, I wouldn’t encourage people to travel right now. I live on STT and am not coming home for awhile. A Jet Blue flight yesterday that landed in Miami had one positive case. This is nothing to mess with.

    Why do I think this way? Because of those graves over next to where Vi used to have her snack shack. George (Marsh, Sewer and others) family members that died of Spanish Flu in 1918 (I think it was R’s Mother’s oldest sister, maybe another generation back). When there was only a goat path between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, much less Hansen Bay. So no, St. John is decidedly and historically not “sheltered” from pandemic. And the likelihood of transmission is much, much greater today.

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