Morning on the Beach
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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.
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.
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.