Here is my crazy mom and sister, they were having a hard time steering their boat at first, running into trees and gettting stuck backwards and all sorts of problems. But eventually they figured it all out and even beat Peter and I into the dock at the end, we were sad...
Our guide was really interesting, telling us all about the ecology of the Red Mangrove trees and how they help protect the island of St. Thomas' boating industry, reefs, and homes. They act as an important buffer duing strong tropical storms or hurricanes. We went on a little walk around this island where our guide found a conch shell with the mollusk was still inside! He also told us that if you find a perfectly intact conch shell without any holes in the top it means that a octopus probably ate the mollusk because otherwise humans and lobsters can't get the mollusk out without damaging the shell. The next day we went snorkeling on our own on the island of St. John (which is my favorite of the two islands we went to, and if you ever get the chance to go to the U.S. Virgin Islands, don't even hesitate, go to St. John. It is worlds above St. Thomas.)
Anyways, we saw some pretty amazing things that day, unfortunately we didn't have the advantage of a guide with an underwater camera. What we saw was an octopus!!! Tons of gorgeous corals in purples, yellows, and blues! Peter and my dad went out together for a while when my mom and I needed a rest. Unfortunately for my mom and I, they saw a sea turtle (Peter even touched it!) and a sting ray!
We had such an amazing time. We are burnt to a crisp mostly because the first day we were there we didn't have any sunscreen. The weather was beautiful and the sunsets were picture perfect!
We even saw Black Beard's Castle. It was closed because there were no cruise ships in port that day so we just walked around the grounds.
We found some sweet little fruits called Caneps. They look slightly larger than a green grape with a peel on the outside. You pop the peel off and then suck on the gooey insides until all you have left is the pit. (You spit that out of course...) They kind of have a tangy taste almost citrusy. Peter smuggled a few home and plans to plant one in our house, we will see how that goes...
Well all and all the trip was amazing other than the fact that we were expecting a pretty easy trip home however due to a delay coming out of St. Thomas and really bad weather in Atlanta, it ended up taking us about 35 hours. Not a fun time but we were together and I was feeling somewhat alright so that was an improvement.