|This is not me or the BIL or St Thomas but it is bodyboarding|
January 31, 2013
While walking around the resort, we came upon a large family of iguanas. Later, we found a few of them at the end of the beach. They are funny critters. One came right up to me and looked at me expectantly. I suspect he had been fed by people. They eat leaves and are nice lizards unless scared, then they use their long tail as a whip. On the beach, an obnoxious non-English speaker got a long stick and started hassling the poor lizard. I don't know why some people are mean to peaceful animals. I objected but it made no difference to him. Don't know why the movie said night of the iguana - they only seem to be out during the day.
January 29, 2013
In the morning, my BIL and I ventured out to find a drugstore to get my sister some Zyrtec for her allergies. We headed for the town, Charlotte Amalie, and encountered a long traffic jam that took forever to get thru. Went about 2 miles an hour. My guess is the cruise ships were the cause of that too. We found the KMart and got the drug. Outside, were dozens of people sitting with their computers. KMart has free wi-fi. To get back, I opted to go up the hill and over around the other side to get back. It's starting to look familiar now. It was longer but took less time because traffic was less. I still only added another 5 miles to the car total. This place is small.
In the afternoon, my BIL and I tried an ocean kayak with marginal success. Turned out we were in it backwards which the guy didn't tell us until we got back. We only were in in about 15 minutes. Even so, the sea was a little rougher today but it is quite stable. Then we tried a boogie board. It's a floater about 3' long. I have seen people use them to body surf with. It took some tries before I got it to stay under me. Then, I just went around in an oval with the waves. Physics works just like they said in class - a particle in a wave goes around in an oval but stays in the same place as the energy moves thru the water. I finally figured out that you only go forward in the cresting wave on the board. With the single crest just a few feet from the shore, it doesn't give a very long surf distance. But it was fun.
In the evening, the hotel listed a rum tasting and salsa dancing at the nearby restaurant. But when I asked, the server didn't know about it. She checked and they were supposed to but no one showed up to do it. The server gave us a little of the Cruzan rum flavors in pineapple, coconut, and mango anyway. The people who work for the hotel are exceedingly nice. They were good - very smooth rum.
Tomorrow, we plan to take the ferry across to St John. I'll put some pics in when the wi-fi is better.
January 28, 2013
January 3, 2013
Note: This was an abject failure. It died in 6 months going to random app opening and closing at a rapid pace and after the short warranty was over. I'm very disappointed in this.
Today, I finally ordered a tablet computer. I've been dissatisfied with my mobile computing while I'm in travel mode. If I'm not particularly enthralled with a place, I like to drive until I get tired then find a place to park for the night. I take care of the animals, take a walk with the dog, do something about diner and go to bed. I've been using my smartphone to do a little web browsing and reading before dropping off to sleep. It is a pain to write on the phone. I discovered I could dictate to it thru the Android voice to text facility which helped a lot but then there's always that comical misunderstandings from the little robot. I also found it hard to update my blog. I usually didn't want to boot up my laptop without a lot of time to spend.