Tyler sleeps in. I went to the beach!
We slept in today, we were both feeling the effects of sunburn, me more so then Tyler. I let him sleep in, but my back pain woke me up everytime I rolled over on the cot mattress! I decided to get up and take a walk along the beach, and take an early morning swim. When Tyler finally woke up, we made breakfast, and hung around the camp for awhile. Sometime around noon, we decided to go check out Trunk Bay... the most famous beach in St John, and the one you see in all the magazines. Well, the campground was pretty crowded, and when we got to the upper parking lot where we had left the Jeep the day before, we saw that we were parked in! Some idiot had pulled his truck right up to our back bumper, effectively blocking our exit.
He basically created a parking spot where there wasn't one, which was preventing us from leaving!! There was about a foot of space between us and the car in front of us, so I tried "wiggling" the car back and forth to try to get out...without much luck. I considered backing into the idiots truck till we touched bumpers and flooring it, to try to push him back... but if sucessful, I would only push his vehicle into the road, thereby blocking the exit (The moron was already halfway sticking out into the road anyway...any further, and no cars would be able to enter or exit the lot!) I was able to wiggle the jeep enough that I could pull forward into the woods a little bit.. I figured if I tried that, I might be able to back my way back into the lot.
It caught the bumper just right, to rip it off!
Big mistake! I was able to pull forward, but when I tried to reverse, the Jeep slid to the right, and down a little incline, coming to rest against a small tree. I kicked it into 4 wheel drive and tried to reverse, but the tires were spinning and it wasn't moving! I could go forward a little, but not backwards! After trying to rock the Jeep back and forth without success, I got out to see what the problem was. *%@*#!! The damn bumper was now ripped off the front of the Jeep, and hanging on by some wires!! When the car slid sideways into the small tree, it caught the edge of the tree just right, and when I reversed, it ripped the bumper right off!!!
First, we were blocked in.
I can't believe this is happening!
Now, we were stuck!! If I tried to go back anymore, the bumper would have come completely off. Tyler and I tried to bend the tree back, but it was too big. We needed to find a way to cut it down if we were gonna get out of there without anymore damage! We went to the camp office, and asked if they had a saw we could borrow. She directed us to the maintenance man, who gave us a small hand saw. Perfect! We went back to the Jeep and started cutting. To add insult to injury, the small tree was surrounded by pricker bushes, and we had to hack through the brambles with the saw, just to get at the base of the tree. Since we had to cut it below bumper level, we had to crawl on our hands and knees to access the trunk of the tree.
What? There's a ROCK under there too??
To make matters worse, it was a "triple" tree, with 3 separate trunks at the base that had to be cut through. It was then that we discovered that the handsaw was about as sharp as the average diner butterknife!! It took us about 45 minutes to cut through the two smaller trunks, fighting prickers and mosquitos the whole time. When we got to the bigger trunk, the saw was bareley making a dent!! It was about this time we noticed, there was actually a large block of concrete UNDERNEATH the Jeep, trapped beneath the ground and undercarriage! ( the kind of concrete used to fill a hole to anchor a signpost) That's why I was having such a difficult time rocking the Jeep back and forth! It wasn't just the tree, but a large rock as well! Jeez, can this get any worse???
The saw was pretty much useless by that point, so we went back to the maintenance man to see if he had a new blade or a different saw.
Nope! Of course not! So, I went back to the office and asked her to call AAA Road Service for me. ( As a member, this entitles me to a free tow when I need one) The AAA lady asked me where I was, I told her St John... she asked what state that was in! I told her it's an Island in the US Virgin Islands. She asked again- "But what state is it in?" "It's not a state, lady! We're a few hundred miles east of Puerto Rico!" - I replied, rather tersely at that point! "uh, hold on a minute... let me get my supervisor! " After a few minutes on hold, she told me that they don't have service in St John... but if I used a local towing service, I should get a receipt and they would reimburse me.
This is the Moron who blocked us in!!
Ok, fair enough! I then called a local guy, and he said he would be there in 45 minutes or so. In the meantime, I had taken a photo of the license plate of the moron who had blocked me in...figuring if he was also a guest at the campground, they might have the plate on file, and we could locate him. (He wasn't) There was a bumper sticker on the front of the car, though, advertising the company the car came from... so I called them. The woman there was able to locate the name and number of the guy who rented it, but refused to give me that info. I told her I had a tow truck on the way, and I wasn't opposed to towing their car as well!! " hey, do what you gotta do!" was all she had to say about that! However, she did agree to call the guys cell phone and tell him to come move his vehicle, if she could reach him.
The steel drum band goes mobile!
With almost an hour to kill now, Tyler and I walked towards the beach to hang out for a little while. They had a steel drum band playing in the restaurant near the office, and the band decide to form a conga line and head towards the beach... with 40 or 50 people following them!! It was just a roving steel drum band, like the pied piper they were leading folks all around the property. It wasn't long before we saw the tow truck pulling in, and we quickly went back to our stuck Jeep. The driver was able to manuever around the moron, and park his truck at an angle to try to get us out. He jacked the car up first, bracing it with blocks of wood, to get the vehicle high enough to get the concrete rock out from underneath.
Had to call a tow truck!
Once that was out of the way, he attached his tow hook. It was about that time that the moron who blocked us in and started all this, showed up. "Hey, I got a call from the rental place, said I had to move my car?" Boy, I had a few choice words for him at that point!! Then, he had the nerve to say that MY car wasn't there, when he pulled in!! Uh, how did I get stuck inbetween the two cars, then? I've been parked there since YESTERDAY! We started to argue, then he had the sense to get in his car and get out of there before I really lost my cool!! Once the tow driver was ready, I put the Jeep in neutral and Tyler and I bent the tree back while he towed out.
Tyler admires the damage
We were able to disconnect the headlight wires, and this allowed us to bend the plastic bumper around the tree while he pulled, and we were able to get it out of there without any further damage. Whew! Finally! (Fortunately, once we were removed from the tree, the plastic bumper snapped back into place fairly easily, and actually didn't look too bad--- just some minor dents and scrapes. However, the turn signals never worked again after that! I guess we re-connected the wires wrong! Oh, well!) I asked the driver how much, and he said $150-- Cash! Well, there goes the rest of my money! ( I should have made the moron pay at least half, since this was all his fault!) Oh, well, at least I'll be reimbursed! Now, it's after 3pm and we can finally get out of here! On to Trunk Bay!