Caribbean Sailing Chapter Six (Final Day)

 

caribbean-map1

Our Total Trip Map

Wow, a look at the map reveals we have really made the best of our time this week.  We missed several islands, such as, Salt Island, Cooper Island, and Ginger Island, but we need to leave something to our next trip, don’t we?

XXXX

Charlotte_Amalie

Charlotte Amalie

Hess072-R1-016-6A

Traffic in Charlotte Amalie

We’re up early today to catch our flight from Beef Island, BVI to St. Thomas, USVI. The flight is less than 40 minutes. When we land in St. Thomas we clear customs and immigration and drop off our gear at the hotel, then head into Charlotte Amalie, the capital and largest city in the USVI. This port was founded in 1666 and all the major cruise lines have this port on their itinerary. Today, we are lucky that there are only two ships at the pier. We will spend the day in St. Thomas shopping (one of the largest shopping meccas in the Caribbean) You can buy anything gold or silver, Rolex and other fine watches, diamonds, rings, a true pirate’s chest of treasures. There is also a bazaar selling local hand-crafts, t-shirts, and a straw market. The air is filled with the sounds of steel drum music, the streets are clogged with traffic, and the sidewalks filled with tourists dressed in their finest cruise ship costumes! 

Hess072-R1-012-4A

Traffic in Charlotte Amalie

Around 4 PM we catch a taxi back to our hotel, the Island Beachcomber, for happy hour. The Island Beachcomber bar is a great place to “people-watch”. Characters from all over the island come here to celebrate the sun, the sand, the sea, the whatever. Today isn’t any different, after just five minutes we meet a group of people down here for a construction project and a couple of local musicians limbering up for an event tonight. When I say “limbering up”, I don’t mean practicing music. A good time was had by all, and some even forgot about eating dinner. Those will sleep on the beach tonight.

Beachcomber 2

View from the Island Beachcomber bar

Beachcomber bar

Beachcomber bar

XXXXX

 

It’s been a great week in the islands and we are all a little down that it’s over. We have stuffed our memories with sights of snorkeling, sugar white beaches, deep blue water, and stars like diamonds, and sounds of waves breaking on the shore, white sails flapping in the wind, and the fresh smells of conch fritters, johnny cakes, salt air and sea breezes. We’ve darkened our bodies by, at least, five shades and forgot where we put our watches. The meaning of time has slipped away and the problems and troubles at home have faded and become the distant past.


  XXXXX

We’ve been here a week or so,
Now it’s finally time to go.
Can’t believe how quickly time has flown,

XX

 

Packin’ up the bathin’ suits,
Getting out the cowboy boots,
That’s a sign we must be going home….

XX

 

Time just stopped for a little while,
We were part of a tiny island.
Made a lot of friends we’ll keep for life.
When we get back home to Texas,
And they ask us what we missed most,
I’ll shrug my shoulders, and I’ll smile….

XXX

 

Early mornings on the long boat dock,
Drinkin’ coffee as the sun comes up
Lazy days napping in the big deck chair.
Late night dancing in the front street bar,
Walking home underneath the stars,
Man it’s like some dream we live down here….

XX

 

Last night we ate conch and lobster.
Mark said it was his favorite dinner,
Maybe even the best one of his life.
Dining underneath the stars
Chilean wine and Cuban cigars,
I smiled at him and said you could be right….

XX

 

And he got real quiet, and he said you know,
hell I worked hard all my life,
I made a lot of dough.
I’ve been everywhere,
I don’t think it gets any better than down here.
I mean the warmth and love of the people here,
No crime, no hate, or fear
I don’t think I’m ready for the world waiting for me back there….

XXX

 

I need me just….

XXX

 

One more morning on the long boat dock,
Drinking coffee as the sun comes up,
Drinking bilikin beer in the big deck chair.
Late night dancin’ in a front street bar,
Makin’ love under the stars,
Man it’s like some dream we live down here….

XXXX

 

Walking home underneath the stars,
Hearing voices from that empty bar,
Man it’s like some dream we live done there….

XXX

 

We’ve been here a week or so,
Now it’s finally time to go.
Can’t believe how quickly time as flown.
Packin’ up the bathin’ suits,
gettin’ out the cowboy boots,
That’s a sign we must be goin’ home.

XXX

 


Jerry Jeff Walker – Cowboy Boots And Bathing Suits Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

XXX

 

I hope you enjoyed sailing the Caribbean with me these past few weeks. I have enjoyed the trip also. I don’t get down to the Caribbean as much now as I used to and I miss it. Maybe, one day, we will meet again and charter the “Island Dreams” for another memorable week at sea. Remember, “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams and do it before your dreams get cold”.

 

 

Install this web app on your Android: Tap menu, more options, and then Add Shortcut To Homescreen.×

About Gene Hess

Hi, My name is Gene. I started this site to share with you my travel experiences and to provide tips I have learned to make your travel more exciting, keep you from some of the "pitfalls" I have encountered when traveling, and share with you some of the websites I have found very helpful to make your travels...Carefree! I have walked on the Great Wall of China, been on safari in South Africa, walked the sands of North Africa, and floated leisurely down the canals of Venice. I have learned a lot about traveling and I want to share it with you. I hope you find it informative and profitable when it is time for your "great adventure"!
This entry was posted in Trip Blog, Trips and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply