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On Location Series #9–US VIRGIN ISLANDS (Part II)

The vacation on the breathtaking Virgin Islands of the United States continued with a stop at Paradise Point.  Its view was crazy impressive.  You could see directly down towards the bay, I believe it was Coral Bay.  The picture just captures a portion of its beauty.  We drank the famous hurricanes and yes they were good.  Another thing that was refreshing was the lift train we took going up to the top.  You got to see more of the island from that point of view.  At the top, there were restaurants and a few gift shops.  Again the hurricanes and the view were gifts to me.
We visited Coral World and saw the animals that were familiar to the region.  Starfishes, sea lions, among many types of others fishes were viewed.  The park itself was a decent size, you could go underneath the water to visit the museum.  You could walk on the surface of the upper floor of the ocean, embarking a guided tour.  I choose to not dot that option but I enjoyed eying my surroundings and taking mental photographs of the expected and most expected.
My love for this place grew with each minute of living.
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Haiku a Day #2 (Friday Night Poetry Corner #182)

Welcome everyone to another Friday Night Poetry Corner. I want to go back to reading more Haikus so this wonderful poet–Radiant Spleen fulfilled that need of the poetry corner. This is the “#2 day of a Haiku” and it focuses around a butterfly. In what way? You just need to read this brilliant haiku and post. Also, journey to this poet’s page and read more to their works. You won’t be disappointed if your tastes are similar to mines.

Radiant Spleen

An ecstasy of
fluttering butterfly wings
your kisses haunt me

Can I keep this up for 30 days?  We’ll see.   I feel a little like Evel Knievel trying to jump a motorcycle over a shark tank in Vegas. (Google it, youngsters.  His failure is on youtube for all to see.)  And to write a haiku in the fuller intent of the form (see Basho) and not just cram any old words into the 5-7-5 haiku format.  You can do that all day.  For example, my morning so far:

I got out of bed,
bathroom stuff, wrote for a bit,
did yoga, painted

And speaking of painting, to make the challenge more fun, I’m going to try to doodle-up a quick watercolor to go with them when I can.  It’s not part of the challenge I’m giving myself, and some days I know I’ll be lucky to just write a haiku…

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On Location Series #9—US Virgin Islands (part 1)

My journey to the US Virgin Islands was a welcoming event for me.  It has been almost 10 years since I actually had a real vacation and I savor every minute of it. The beauty of the land, the clear waters stretching out to the Atlantic.  The personal vibe I felt strongly from the kinship of my island folks.  Exceptionally appealing is the variety that I used in describing it.

Now, the trek started off not so perfect or better yet—normally that I would desire.  The trip was detoured due to weather, but in reality, something was amiss with the plan as we attempted to fly into San Juan Puerto Rico.  We were soon diverted to Aguadilla Puerto Rico, waited for nearly an hour before being charter bused to San Juan.  We all arrived, yes all of the passengers on the plane close to 2 hours later at San Juan airport.  For the passengers whose final destination was San Juan, they were finally happy with discounted future flights by the company.  I and a few others who had other connecting flights were given tickets to fly out to our destination tomorrow morning with mines leaving at 11:30 am to St. Thomas.  We were all given free rooms at the airport hotel along with a dinner voucher and eventually settle in for the night.

The following day I happily boarded the plan and the 35-minute flight to St. Thomas begun.  I landed, greeted by a late friend’s mother, Mrs. Lynch and the vacation at last begun.  I stayed, for free at a 1-bedroom condo and the view from the window was crazy stunning.  My deck faced the bay that led out to the ocean.  I saw, in a distance, St. Johns Island and in a greater distance, the British Virgin Islands.  My G-d!

Mrs. Lynch and my good friend De’nee gave me an amazing tour during my 10 days stay in the islands.  The first part I went to Mountain Top which reportedly served the best banana daiquiris.  They were really good and I really don’t favor fruit alcoholic beverages.  I saw a great deal of the island from the Mountaintop and it just—really I don’t have any good words to describe it so just see it for yourself…

This is the actual spot Sir Francis Drake would sit at, surveying all who came into the bay.

I must also add, Hurricane Maria affected the islands of Puerto Rico and the US Virgins Islands.  Mainstream media did not do the best job in reporting on the small towns in Puerto Rico that were greatly affected by the natural phenomenon and less reporting for the Virgin Islands.  USVI is still recovering, many houses and other buildings still have a tarp on top due to not having a roof.  Schools were destroyed as the government were in a hurry in placing modules as suitable replacements until their original buildings could be fixed and in some instance, rebuild.  USVI and PR are part of the United States.

 

Yes, they are part of the United States.

This is part one of the On Location Series #9.  Look out for the next one in a week or less and thank you for stopping by.  Please, have a coffee on me and if you are inclined to, smoke a cigar as well.