Maho Bay

Maho Bay

Well my first week in Saint John has been a pretty good one. The work is easy, the beaches are beautiful and the people are cool. My room is a tent cottage with a deck and kitchen and everything. DSCF0023.JPG There’s a fan that we run to keep it cool. Sleeping is really peaceful among the tropical trees. DSCF0028.JPG I got a roomate, luckily he’s really cool. I brought my Ukulele along, which seems more fitting to play here than it did in Pittsburgh. The beach (which is just down a few flights of deck stairs) is white sand and crystal clear water. The hills are pretty big, I took a hike out to a former slave plantation, that was pretty neat. It has an old broken down windmill and a mule driven sugar grinder. There are coral reefs to the right and left of the beach. I’ve been snorkeling a few times. DSCF0043.JPG I saw hawksbill sea turtles and Sea Urchins and literally several thousand fish. There are a bunch of sailboats that park out in this bay because it’s so calm and sandy. I’m hoping to be able to take a trip on one of them in the near future. The guy who owns the one in the backgroun of the picture to the below right built it from the ground up and has sailed it all over the world. I went on a kayak/snorkel trip today out to a local cay and coral reef and on the way back I circled this boat a couple of times to get a closer look. DSCF0040.JPG My gosh I love sailboats!
It’s been carnival week–which coincides with the 4th of july Holiday. Carnival here celebrates the Islander’s emancipation from Slavery several hundered years ago. I got some CRAZY videos from a carnival parade but I they are too big to upload. There is a steel drum band and an Zulu Warrior African Dancing troup and like ten reggae bands set up on the backs of 18 wheeler trucks.  I watched the fireworks from the beach of a small island town.  Hitchhiking is a safe and reliable means of transoprtation here.  Everyone is so laid back.  Wow… this has been a disjointed ramble.  I hope your all doing well where you’re at.

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