The first thing we do when we arrive, other than say "we're home" is stop by Cruz Bay Landing. I don't even remember what it was before Kristy and Todd took over. It is now an oasis of happiness and joy as we get off the ferry from Red Hook.
It is somewhat disturbing that as we sit down at the bar we don't even have to order....Grabbing seats at the bar a rum punch and dark and stormy miraculously appear. I guess we are predictable. Brian orders his usual burger and I eagerly look to see the specials. Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, Cinnamon Roll pancakes, Blueberry Banana pancakes (Now I'm making myself hungry)...Maybe I should point out to Kristy that McDonalds increased their sales by 15 percent simply by serving breakfast all day...
It also helps that some of our favorite Island people work here. Boo, Dave and Heather (ask her about the Marlin), among others always make us welcome and keep us up to date on island happenings. On our last trip, Dave suggested the Pasta Party in the Park.
The Pasta Party was held the night before the 8 Tough Miles race (next blog, yup we did it!). We both wanted to try the race once...and we did. Both still alive, though there were moments....Brian is mid blog about it, might take some more rum for him to finish, but as they say on the island....soon come.
Brian wanted arrive a day ahead of the race in order to recover from travel before the race. We flew in 2 days early. There were guests at Villa Tesori for the first 2 days of our visit so we stayed at Estate Lindholm. Nice place, centrally located and a courteous and caring staff. Great alternative to Caneel or the Westin. 5 minute walk to central Cruz Bay. We didn't time the walk back, it was 8 dollars for a cab. (Boo makes a wicked drink!)
The event is a fund raiser for the St. John Cancer Fund. So not only do you get ~calorie free pasta~ you get positive Karma! Brian is writing a blog about the race, but did I mention PASTA? And it was good! The party takes place in the park directly between Cruz Bay landing and the elevated band circle. With your donation you get all you can eat pasta and one glass of wine. The Staff also agreed to donate all their tips to the St. John Cancer Fund. What an incredible community!
Kristy had arranged for some entertainment, music and dancers. The fire dancers were fun. Below is a video of the Fire Dancers.
Last Stop, or the Walk Of Woe.....Those who visit our little island will understand....the sadness you feel waiting for the ferry to take you back to where you live. Bidding farewell to this special place takes fortitude.....and a Dark and Stormy...or perhaps a Rum Punch.
We arrange our departure with enough time to enjoy one last meal with our friends before getting on the ferry back stateside. There is always someone we know getting a quick bite before going about their day. Watching the blue water, knowing we are headed back to Pennsylvania.....Another drink please!
Once on the ferry, Brian will look at me and say 56 wake ups. Which means 8 weeks till we arrive back at our little island paradise.
It does not sound like many, but to those like myself who have the St John bug....it's an eternity.