Morning on the Beach

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Burning our combustible trash to save landfill space

I awoke a little after 7:30 am to the cacophony of island birds squawking outside my tent... a quick inspection revealed that they were a little unhappy at being stalked by one of the islands many feral cat inhabitants!  I shooed him away, and he scurried off into the underbrush.  I set about making breakfast, and generally cleaning up the campsite, as tonight would be our last night here on St John.  Since landfill space is limited in the Virgin Islands, I did my part to reduce this burden and burned all our combustible trash in the fire grill.  Being another beautiful day, I decided to spend one last morning on the beach.  Tyler, never a morning person, elected to get some more shuteye and went back to bed!  The beach, as usual, was nearly deserted.

deserted Cinnamon Bay, 9:00am on a Monday morning
..  I walked from one end to another in the soft white sand, taking a few more pictures along the way.  I had brought a large towel with me, and laid out for awhile, watching the sporadic boat traffic go by.  

When I returned, I found Tyler was already up, packing, and getting  ready to go hiking for the day.  We planned to spend today hiking the Reef Bay Trail on the center of the island.    TravBuddy "Vances" had told me about this trail and recommended it highly... you can see his review of it listed under "Things to do" in Cruz Bay.   This is probably the longest trail on the island, with a big elevation drop, through the forest and down to a secluded beach near an abandoned sugar mill.

...well, almost deserted!
  The National Park Service Visitors Center in Cruz Bay offers a guided hike of this trail, but when we tried to sign up for it a few days ago, we found the waiting list stretched out past the time we were going to be on the island!  The only reason to go with the tour, we found, (other that having a guide to point things out) was that they picked you up by boat at the end, and brought you back to Cruz Bay, to avoid you having to hike back out, uphill.  Vance had pointed out in his review, however, that this was not really a big deal if you were fit and used to hiking, as we were.  Tyler has hiked over 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail with the Boy Scouts (although, not all at once!) and, we had experienced some difficult trails on our 2006 cross country trip, in places like Zion National Park and the Rocky Mountains.
Trunk Bay overlook
  So, we really weren't too worried about having to walk back out!  We kind of liked the idea of going at our own pace, anyway, and not having to be part of a group.

Tyler and I packed our backpacks with only the essentials we would need for the day, to keep the load light for hiking.  Water, breakfast bars, canned ravioli for lunch with plastic forks, a couple cans of soda and a can of Pringles potato chips, a small bag of trail mix, extra batteries for my camera, and towels for swimming once we got to Reef Bay.  We would be leaving our snorkeling gear behind this time.. later, we would question this decision!  We hopped in the Jeep and headed towards town, stopping at the Trunk Bay overlook to take a few more pictures there, before continuing on to Cruz Bay.

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Burning our combustible trash to s…
Burning our combustible trash to …
deserted Cinnamon Bay, 9:00am on a…
deserted Cinnamon Bay, 9:00am on …
...well, almost deserted!
...well, almost deserted!
Trunk Bay overlook
Trunk Bay overlook
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bays tiny island
Cinnamon Bay's tiny island
Through these bushes, a path leads…
Through these bushes, a path lead…
another gorgeous day!
another gorgeous day!
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Panning around Cinnamon Bay
Only two other people on the beach…
Only two other people on the beac…
I have to go too... big hike ahead…
I have to go too... big hike ahea…
I wanted to get a few last shots i…
I wanted to get a few last shots …
Looking west, from the Trunk Bay o…
Looking west, from the Trunk Bay …
This is the shot you see in all th…
This is the shot you see in all t…
Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay
Cinnamon Bay
photo by: WaltJake