Taking the Ferry to St John

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The view from Laura's deck
Tyler and I woke fairly early and made our final preparations to head over to St John for the rest of the week.  I had made reservations for us to stay at Cinnamon Bay campground, where we would be camping right on the beach.  No fancy hotels for us!  We would be "roughing it", if there is such a thing, in a tropical paradise!  Laura put together a goodie-bag for us, of some frying pans and cooking utensils to borrow, as well as some spices, a cooler, and some citronella candles to keep the bugs away.  We packed everything into our rented jeep, and then headed into town.  First, we stopped at Town Fair Tire, so Laura could get new tires for her '89 Nissan SUV.
Laura, her friend Keith, and Tyler on the ferry
 ( I didn't have the heart to tell her, the new tires cost more than her whole car was worth! )  While she was doing that, Tyler and I hit the grocery store across the street, to stock up on provisions for the week.  Food, drinks, laundry supplies, charcoal, etc.  were all loaded into the jeep, then we picked Laura up and headed to the Ferry.  Lauras friend Keith met us there, they were going to accompany us to St John for the day, then head back in the evening on the passenger ferry.  We topped off the gas tank (gas is cheaper on St Thomas than on St John) then crossed  the street to get in the Ferry line.  We were the third car on, it was $30 for a one way trip with the vehicle.  Keith was kind enough to pick up grinder sandwiches for us, and we ate them on the top deck while we were waiting for the boat to fill up.
These birds followed the ferry, begging for food scraps
  This attracted the attention of several sea birds, who were very anxious to catch any bread crumbs we were willing to toss them!  I don't know what kind they were, but they were white with black heads, and had a knack for hovering in the wind currents behind the boat, waiting for a crust to be tossed.  I was able to get some good close up pictures of  them as they followed the boat as it pulled out.  They had a talent for catching bread pieces in mid air, before they hit the water. One of them pooped on a woman standing next to me, as she also took pictures! We told her this was supposed to be good luck... but she didn't think so!  She ran around the deck screaming until her friend produced a napkin!!  It took about a half hour to get to Cruz Bay in St John,  then it was about another 15 minutes to drive to our  campground.
This would be our home for the rest of the week
Cinnamon Bay has eco-friendly tents, which are large enough for four people.  They are canvas army-style tents on raised wooden platforms.  They have 4 cots to sleep in, and the campground provides pillows, towels and bed linens.  They have no electricity, but they supply you with a propane lantern, gas stove,  cooler, and plastic storage bin.  Each site also has a charcoal fire stand and a picnic table, as well as a clothes line. (If you give them a $20 fully-refundable security deposit, they will also give you a bag of forks, knives, spoons, cups, bowls and plates, as well as a few cooking pots, a frying pan, and other utensils.) Best of all, it was just a short walk to a beautiful beach!  It wasn't the Hilton, but since we would only be at the tent for eating and sleeping, this place was just fine with us! 
pgagoddess says:
Very Funny, I remember laughing at the screaming chick.+++++++
Posted on: Sep 01, 2008
WaltJake says:
Thanks for the info, Vance! They looked like regular seagulls, that had dipped their heads in black paint!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
vances says:
Those birds following your ferry were Laughing Gulls (at least those are the ones in your pictures)...which is easy to remember if you can recall how they keep yelling "haw - haw - haw" the whole time!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
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The view from Lauras deck
The view from Laura's deck
Laura, her friend Keith, and Tyler…
Laura, her friend Keith, and Tyle…
These birds followed the ferry, be…
These birds followed the ferry, b…
This would be our home for the res…
This would be our home for the re…
Lauras neighbors cat came for a …
Laura's neighbor's cat came for a…
Tyler gets the first of many calls…
Tyler gets the first of many call…
The view from Lauras window!
The view from Laura's window!
...looking to the right
...looking to the right
From the house, its a steep rocky…
From the house, it's a steep rock…
Laura gets this view every day!
Laura gets this view every day!
Lauras roommates cat
Laura's roommates cat
Judy says hello!
Judy says hello!
Catching the car ferry over to St …
Catching the car ferry over to St…
Shot of the harbor
Shot of the harbor
back of the ferry
back of the ferry
loading up as many vehicles as the…
loading up as many vehicles as th…
what clear blue water here!
what clear blue water here!
no shortage of boats
no shortage of boats
Me, waiting to shove off
Me, waiting to shove off
Birds looking for handouts
Birds looking for handouts
we tossed crumbs from our sandwich…
we tossed crumbs from our sandwic…
got some good close ups
got some good close ups
Ferry full now...St John, straight…
Ferry full now...St John, straigh…
Looking from the back of the ferry…
Looking from the back of the ferr…
Saint John
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