We got up a little after 6 am
Tyler and I got up extra early today, as we had to be in Cruz Bay to catch our boat tour to the British Virgin Islands. We had packed everything we would need the night before, and we headed out around 7 am. It was only a 15 minute ride or so to Cruz Bay, we had to catch our boat at the dock behind the Visitor's Center. I had to stop to find an ATM (cash machine) since the tow truck the day before cost $150 and used up most of my remaining cash. This was not a problem, I had seen a bank nearby to the boat dock that had 2 ATM machines in front of it. When we got there though, I entered my PIN number, and the machine said "unable to complete transaction at this time.
just cold cereal for breakfast today... no time to cook!
.. please try again later" What?? maybe I entered the wrong number by mistake... nope! Same message the second time! I tried the machine next to it with the same results! Crap! We're about to go on a day long excursion to another country, and I have no cash!! We drove around the block a little, hoping to find another machine, but with no luck!! Out of time now, we raced back to the dock. We could see our boat, the "Breakaway", getting ready to leave. I had Tyler jump out and run to the dock to hold the boat, while I parked the car. When I got there, though, Tyler was standing at an empty dock! No boat!! We were 1 minute late, and they were already pulling out!! I ran to the end of the dock and started yelling and waving my arms! "YO, BREAKAWAY! COME BACK!! BREAKAWAY!!!"
but they didn't see or hear me.
Departing from the Visitor's Center. Just made it!
Thats when a guy on the dock pointed out to us another boat loading up, that he said belonged to the same excursion company. Maybe we would be able to go with them?? I ran to that boat and explained our predicament to the captain. "no problem", he said. He simply radioed to the Breakaway's captain that he had two more passengers here, and he came back for us! Whew! Ironically, the main reason I was trying to find a cash machine, was so I would have enough to give a nice tip to the boat crew! I guess they earned it already, and we haven't even left yet!!
As the boat headed out towards the British Virgin Islands, the crew introduced themselves, and passed out customs forms for us to fill out, since we were headed into a different country.
We had to fill out paperwork and show passporsts, since we were traveling to British territory
They also collected our passports. The crew handles the check-in process for all the passengers (there were about 20 of us) we just have to fill out all the forms. While they were doing that, a crewmember walked around with a tray of fruits, crackers and cheeses, etc for us to snack on, while he took drink orders. Some people got bloody marys, water, etc. but the most popular drink of choice was what I got... a Pussers Painkiller! Known throughout the Caribbean, the Painkiller was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar, one of the stops where we will be headed this afternoon. It consists of 4 parts pineapple juice, one part orange juice, 1 part cream of coconut, on the rocks with 2 parts Pusser's Rum. (or 3, or 4, depending on how strong you want it- but c'mon.
Some big houses here, belonging to CEO's and celebritys. The white one in lower middle is Kenny Chesney's house
. . it was 8 am!) They give the drinks to you in little plastic covered mugs with a straw-like appendage sticking out the side, so you don't spill it if you drop it on the rocking boat. Not unlike a child's sippy-cup! Tyler, being 16, stuck with just the orange juice!
As we traveled along the coast of St John, the first mate pointed out the vacation homes of famous people, mostly CEO's of large companys, and entertainers and celebrities. We passed by the gated community of Peter Bay, which is right near Cinnamon Bay, and the beach where country singer Kenney Chesney married actress Renee Zellwiger. When we passed Cinnamon Bay, Tyler and I recognized our beach, although you couldn't see the campground through the trees. We got a good look at the other side of the island we had snorkled out to on the first day.
We traveled for about 45 minutes or so to our first stop, Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.