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Decision making - Where to go

Getting Ready

The last trip we took in 2013 was an October cruise to Bermuda. On the 21st of January 2014, it snowed. Snow from my bedroom window

Snow from my bedroom window

Bob has decided that he WILL fly, but that he wants to be someplace more than one night like on most cruises. I decided that the Virgin Islands would be the place I would like to go this winter. At first I wanted to go to the BVI, but it seemed really expensive to stay there because I was coming from the perspective of $385 for a week on a Space/Available basis from Armed Forces Vacations. There wasn't anything like that in the BVI especially for winter (!!!). So I was trying to find a guest house or something like that And I settled on St. Croix where we had been once on a cruise as it is larger and less visited than the other US Virgin Islands
St. Croix

St. Croix

After some fits and starts and wrong choices, I've finally settled on the Hibiscus Beach Resort which has parking, an accessible room (no stairs) and wi-fi. The wi-fi may be iffy as the electricity is somewhat eccentric, but I'm sure we will be able to park - that won't go away. They also have a small frig in the room but because of electricity problems the microwaves get zapped, so they don't have anything except I think a coffee pot. I figured out that I could have stayed at a condo where we would have had a full kitchen for less. But not until after I already had the reservations. [This resort closed shortly after our visit]

Bob is taking cranberry juice and hot chocolate. There is a restaurant on the premises. (There WAS a restaurant ).

Starting the Count-Down

We are to fly from BWI to Miami and then make a connection to another plane to St. Croix. We have a rental car booked which we will pick up at the airport.

27 January 2014 - Monday

Monday, I called the resort to tell them I would be there late, checked with the auto rental place to see if they would still be open, checked with AA that I would need a wheelchair and would have a scooter, and stopped USPS mail, and the papers (the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post) on the internet.

28 January 2014 - Tuesday

Tuesday Lynde came and I packed the clothing part and I printed out all the reservation information.

29 January 2014- Wednesday

Wednesday I tried to figure out how to drive from the airport to the hotel on Google maps. Everything was fine until we got to 'turn left' with no road name, and then 'turn right' and again no road name because there was no road name on the map.
Turn Left, 69 m Turn RIght

Turn Left, 69 m Turn RIght

30 January 2014 - Thursday

On Thursday, Jean (the cat sitter) came to get the key. Bob packed and also AA called to check on our arrangements. I printed out the google map and also tried to figure out what kinds of things we would do (snorkel and visit cemeteries and go to the fort(s). I completely forgot that I wanted to visit a lighthouse that we had seen there on the previous visit until we were on our way home. [It didn't really matter as to get to that lighthouse it is a 30-45 minute hike]
Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay 2010

Hams Bluff Light Station from Cane Bay 2010

31 January 2015 - Friday

Printed out the boarding passes. Got a shower and ate lunch.

Bob went to get himself a new belt so he doesn't have to wear his CSY belt with the big metal buckle. He complained that all the belts were either too big or too small.

Finished up packing and left about 1:30. I took the Washington Post with me to read.

Got to the hotel (BWI Hampton Inn) about 3 and checked in - they gave us a room right off the lobby so I don't have to walk far. Registered the car to be parked for the week ($5.00/day and cheaper than parking at the airport). I got my raincoat from the car and put it into Bob's suitcase and got my cane (also from the car)

I found a plug for the computer and logged in. But at some point the computer stopped letting me use the keyboard. But it was time to go to dinner anyway. We left for dinner about 5:30.
View from our hotel window

View from our hotel window


I decided to go to G&M which is near the Olive Grove where we ate last time. The directions said to turn left twice and then go through 8 stop lights and then the restaurant would be on the left. It sounded like it would be right there by the light, but it wasn't.
G and M entrance

G and M entrance


To get in from the parking lot, you walk through the bar area and out front.
Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant


Later the restaurant really filled up. It WAS Friday night. I ordered the
Broccoli Alfredo which was the special for $12.00

Broccoli Alfredo which was the special for $12.00


I also got a small salad and garlic bread. Bob had
Maryland crab soup

Maryland crab soup


A crab cake sandwich for $15.00

A crab cake sandwich for $15.00


He got fries with that. As usual he ate the crab cake (with the cocktail sauce) and not the bun. My daughter said G&Ms is reputed to have the best crabcakes in MD. She also said that she works right across from the Hampton Inn, which I had not realized.

We didn't have dessert.

When we got back to the hotel, I looked for the cord to download the photos from the camera and could not find it. Bob helped me and we took my suitcase and carry-on and pocketbook all apart, and finally we found it where I put it in with the snorkeling camera.

1 February 2014 Saturday

Bob went and got me a bagel and a banana and cranberry juice for breakfast and I got dressed and repacked my carry-on bag and we were out in the lobby about 8 for the shuttle to the airport. The scooter is in the big bag with the rainbow strap.
Bob with the luggage

Bob with the luggage



The guy dropped us off at the airport at about 8:15, and the wheelchair and gate check guys came out to get our stuff. Then there was a problem with the scooter. The lady said it was non-powered, right, and Bob instead of saying that it was not powered now, said that it had a battery.

It took several phone calls before they finally allowed that if I put the battery in my carry-on instead of in the bag with the scooter (and the scooter bag weighs 81 lbs with the battery), that I could carry it on. In order to get it in there, I took out my hairbrush, my inhaler and my power strip and put them in with the scooter.

We were still two hours early for the flight. Bob went and got some water in one of the water bottles. and I sat and read my Kindle- this is really the first time I've used it.

I think we could have left the coats in the car as we really didn't need them except to get from the hotel to the airport and it wasn't THAT cold.

We were in the 8th row (the bulkhead row in cabin class) which meant we couldn't have anything in front of us and had no tray tables. I would rather not sit in the bulkhead row. The plane was full and they were asking for people to gate check luggage. We didn't. After we took off, I took photos of the snow and ice on the rivers
Icy water around Cobb Island

Icy water around Cobb Island

Ice and snow covered rivers

Ice and snow covered rivers


and I got a cranapple to drink - Bob didn't get anything.
Ft Lauderdale

Ft Lauderdale


We landed in Miami more or less on time
Landing in Miami

Landing in Miami


When we landed in Miami, I told Bob the pilot must have been a Navy pilot because he set us down HARD
Miami airport from a wheelchair

Miami airport from a wheelchair

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Hunting the Hibiscus

In the Dark

After we landed in Miami, the wheelchair guy took us on the Skytram from gate 11 to gate 46.
Skytrain window

Skytrain window

Skytrain stops

Skytrain stops


After we got to the gate, I went to see what we could get to eat and told Bob I wanted a spinach cheese turnover, and he must have gone to a completely different place - he got two submarine sandwiches and two bottles of juice. We ate one of the subs for lunch. Then I went to go to the bathroom and got lost on the way back. I asked a wheelchair guy and he put me in the wheelchair and wheeled me back. I talked to our daughter a bit on the phone, but it was really noisy.

Some people came and sat next to us in the handicapped seats - they were from CT and they liked St. Croix so well that they lived there for two years.

Finally our plane was called - it wasn't full. I saw them load the Luggie scooter and Bob's bag,
Luggie bag on the right

Luggie bag on the right


but didn't see mine.
Miami Marlins stadium

Miami Marlins stadium


We ate the other sub. The sun set and it got dark. I finished reading another book on the Kindle.

We landed pretty much on time. The guy at the bottom of the gangway with the wheelchairs wheeled me in to the door into the airport where someone had to let us in. Then he stayed at the door to let the flight crew through and the door lady wheeled me in to the luggage claim.
Taxi booth in the airport

Taxi booth in the airport


I saw Budget on the way and told Bob to go get the car.
Bob at the Budget rental car window

Bob at the Budget rental car window


Which he did. But they gave him the wrong car and had to do the paperwork again. The car was to be a Hyundai but it is a Suzuki. I stayed with the luggage. The Luggie came out first and a 'red cap' put it on the cart. Then my bag came and then Bob's came last. We got everything into the car. Now to get to the Hibiscus Hotel in the dark.

It was now about 9 pm Atlantic time. We asked at the exit gate how to get to the highway and managed that OK. Then the second turn onto Queens Highway - that went fine. I thought to turn on my phone and allow it to find us and when it did, we were in Christensted. We had gone too far. So we turned around to try again.

We ended up back near the airport. We went into a convenience store/gas station to ask. He basically told us to keep bearing left. He also told us that the Hibiscus was in Princess. So I asked the phone to find Princess on the map. It did. But somewhere we went wrong and turned too soon or too late (keep in mind that Bob is driving on the left and all the headlights are glaring in his eyes because the cars are LH drive from the US with their headlights pointed to the right), and the roads are twisty and narrow and have no road signs. I am trying to figure out where we need to go on the phone.) This time we ended up at a gated community.

The guy that was there gave us additional directions (he was very helpful and said after he finished what he was doing, he would guide us to it if we hadn't found it by then) and this time we found the hotel. But there was just a number to call for after hours (I had tried the regular number but it didn't answer). The owner came down and gave us room 20. We did not get the room that we booked because he did not pay any attention to the actual booking. We were to have room #1 and it would have been possible for me to ride my scooter from the parking lot to the room. But we were in room #20 so I had to walk to the room because there were three big humps about a foot high in the sidewalk between the parking lot and the room. No way could I do it on the scooter.

He also gave me directions how to log into the internet. There was good internet.
Bed and bedside table

Bed and bedside table


Since it was late, we brought all our bags in except the scooter bag (so I didn't have the power strip or my hairbrush), and unpacked. We can't figure out how to turn on the A/C but it isn't that hot -although it IS humid.
Desk with coffee pot, dresser and TV

Desk with coffee pot, dresser and TV

Small fridge next to the TV

Small fridge next to the TV


So we watched TV and I figured out how to log onto the internet. Since we did not bring in the scooter bag that meant that I didn't have the cord to download photos from my camera. Which is why I didn't download the photos until Sunday morning.

2 February 2014 - Sunday

We got up late as we were up late last night. Bob went and got the scooter bag (which had been opened by the TSA) and my pocketbook out of the car. Later, when I looked in the glove compartment I found the directions that we had been given to the hotel all underlined so we would know the right way to go.... except I hadn't known it was there.
Units of six each-three up and three down

Units of six each-three up and three down


Bob wanted to get breakfast at the restaurant so we walked over. The office was open, so we went in and finished registering. We also got keys with the correct room number (ours had been for room 19). We asked about getting a second washcloth, how to turn on the A/C (We had good A/C after we figured out that the controller was behind the bathroom door which we hadn't seen because we just didn't bother to shut that door),
Bathroom

Bathroom


and whether they were having regular breakfast or Brunch. That was when we found out that the restaurant was closed. Bob said it looked like people had just walked out and left with the tables still set and dishes on them.They recommended that we go to The Palms (a nearby hotel), which we did..
Palms restaurant

Palms restaurant

View from the Palms

View from the Palms


It was late in the morning and there weren't many people left in the restaurant.
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The PalmsBreakfast menu


I had
Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict


and Bob had
Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs


This is more or less what we would have on a cruise (for free/included). Cost $29 including a $5.00 tip.

I talked to the taxi driver they usually use about taking us to some out of the way cemeteries, but he didn't seem really interested in taking us around. I asked him about Annaberg Cemetery which was listed in St Croix but he didn't know it.

I decided to go to Kingshill Cemetery as it was big enough that I thought I could find it. So we set off (using the irritating phone map which would only put a pin on the community next to the cemetery (It was called SLOB) ).

After a few wrong turns, including going down a road labeled Drit Road (which I think was meant to be Dirt Road as it was worse than the roads in Costa Rica), we did find the cemetery.
Cemetery gate

Cemetery gate


The gate sign said it was open on Sunday until 3 and since it was already 3, I was afraid to leave the car in the cemetery for fear we would get locked in.
Outside the wall

Outside the wall

Photo I took of the rental car license

Photo I took of the rental car license


Kingshill

Kingshill


Bob got the scooter out and we started off in opposite directions to take photos. Bob of course was walking along among the graves taking individual photos. He was apparently in the section of the cemetery where the people who died in 1977-1982 were buried plus there was a section of tiny graves of babies.
Small Grave

Small Grave


Meanwhile I took what photos I could from the scooter.
I started along this road

I started along this road


I eventually figured out that I could get over the speed bumps without grounding the scooter if I got two wheels on the cut-out which I guess they have for bicycles. I saw another road farther along in the cemetery but I would have to go out into the parking lot to get there So I did that. I buzzed along past a gate that was shut (took a photo of some horses that were grazing there) and into the far gate that was open.
Horse, foal and cattle egrets

Horse, foal and cattle egrets


A man in a truck came along as asked me if I was OK. He was concerned that I was all alone. I pointed back to where the car was and we could see Bob in his red shirt way at the other end of the cemetery.
Graves

Graves


I asked if he knew where Valmy Thomas was buried. I think he was surprised that I would know him. But I really I didn't- it was just that he was Famous and didn't have a grave photo . He said he didn't know, but he knew Valmy's daughter who had a sports store in Christensted and he would ask her. He wrote his phone number on a piece of paper and said to call him tomorrow and he would tell me. But when I called the phone was not in service. I never did find his grave.

[Valmy Thomas was a Major League Baseball catcher. He was the first Virgin Islands native to play in the major leagues (his mother gave birth to him in San Juan, Puerto Rico, because of better medical care available there, returning to their native land immediately after his birth).]

He also told me that Cyril King was buried in the big building on the hill. Cyril King is a big name in the VI. (He was the second elected governor of the United States Virgin Islands, serving from 1975 until his death in 1978. The airport in St. Thomas is named for him.) A Virgin Islands' statute puts aside April 7, King's birthday, as Cyril Emmanuel King Day
Cyril King's memorial building

Cyril King's memorial building


After I got back to the car, I was going to call it a day and then I saw some military markers and they are very nice and readable. I went up to that section. I had to get off and push the scooter up the last bit of the hill. I didn't take photos of all of them - my back was really hurting.

After Bob came back to the car, we decided to find a market. Eventually got to a big market and Bob went in and got us something to eat for breakfasts and lunches. Then we went to McDonalds
Cooking fries at McDonalds

Cooking fries at McDonalds


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Another patron


and each got a 1/4 pounder and Bob got a milkshake and I got a McFlurry....
McFlurry ad

McFlurry ad


And we did get back to the hotel.

Stowed our stuff and ate the food and then I started downloading photos and processing them. And watched the super bowl and charged camera batteries.

They fixed and turned on the AC but we do not know how to turn it off and it is way cold. (At this point we had not yet found the remote control for the A/C which was high up in the wall out of reach.) We did turn off the ceiling fan, but Bob had to get out the blankets to sleep under.
King Bed

King Bed

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:55 Archived in US Virgin Islands Comments (3)

Buck Island Snorkeling with Big Beard

3 February 2014- Monday

Buck Island is one of the islands off St. Croix which is of particular interest because of the reef. It is a National Reef Historic Site. Yesterday I also asked about a trip to Buck Island because snorkeling here was one of the things I really wanted to do. So I made reservations over the phone to go Monday noon to 3:30 - a half day tour with Big Beard. (The guy that I think is the owner has a beautiful white Santa Claus beard but I didn't get a photo of him)

First problem - where is it? Brochure said it was on Queen Cross Street, but there's more than one Queen Cross Street. Tried with all the maps I have on the computer and kept getting a hotel. Called and asked and she gave me directions so I was fairly sure where it was. (It was just past the hotel.)

For some reason Bob thought that we would just have breakfast here so he fixed grapefruit. But I really need to have lunch. So I ate the grapefruit and then later I ate a banana and an onion roll.

We were to sign in by noon. So Bob wanted to leave at 11:00 even though it wouldn't take very long to get there. We were WAAY early. Bob dropped me off, and I paid and he parked. I sat in one of the two chairs in the shop and waited..
Stacks of shoe boxes - 15% of storewide sign and me

Stacks of shoe boxes - 15% off storewide sign and me

T-shirt - $17.25 except 2XL is $20.00

T-shirt - $17.25 except 2XL is $20.00

St. Croix Ball Cap $16.95

St. Croix Ball Cap $16.95

Booties with separate toes

Booties with separate toes

Changing rooms

Changing rooms


Bob had parked in a lot that closed at 3:30 not realizing that we weren't going to be back until then.. So he went back to get the car and found a place on the street. When cruise ships are in, the afternoon tours come back at 3:30 so the cruise ship people can make it back to the ship . And the morning cruise gets back a little late same reason.
Snorkeling vests

Snorkeling vests


The morning cruise looked full, but there were only six of us in the afternoon. A couple currently living in Orlando that were on Jewel of the Seas and a pair of ladies who were friends of the owner's wife. They don't go if there are less than six people.
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Fort at Christiansted from the Buck Island boat

Fort at Christiansted from the Buck Island boat

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Captain

the mate Gabe

the mate Gabe


It was rough going out and eventually I lay down flat because my back was hurting. So of course they thought I was seasick. But I wasn't

First we went out to a beach for us to try out our snorkeling gear and get instruction if we need it. I just got in and snorkeled about 5 minutes and then got back on as I was saving my energy.
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Island with my cell phone camera


Then we all went out to the actual reef and were to go down the steps and sit down and put on our stuff. I backed down and turned around to sit, but I couldn't get my fin on my right foot (couldn't reach it and have very little flexibility in that hip so I couldn't put it up on my knee) and had to have someone do it for me.
The mate Gabe

The mate Gabe


The mate (Gabe) led us around on a little tour. But I had trouble keeping up and two ladies passed me and I was afraid they'd kick my mask off so hung back. So I don't know much about the tour. We were told that the current was from the reef toward the boat and not to get behind the boat because then we would have trouble getting back - plus that was the 'boat road' where other boats would be coming and going..
fish and coral

fish and coral

More snorkeling photos

More snorkeling photos

Snorkeling view

Snorkeling view


I snorkeled and took photos until the camera said that the battery was flat (but when I got back to the unit it said that it was charged, so I don't know). I got some reasonable photos.
Home of an Underwater Park

Home of an Underwater Park

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So after about a half hour, I got back on the boat.

I absolutely could NOT turn around and sit on the steps to take off my fins so I was kneeling up the steps which were corrugated and hurt my knees. Eventually someone came behind me and took off the flippers and then I could climb up the regular way.
Buck Island from the boat (with cell phone)

Buck Island from the boat (with cell phone)


The guy from the cruise ship was already there, but his wife was the last one back. Bob came back after I did. We got back to the dock and I sat and waited for Bob to get the car and we started back thinking we would stop someplace to eat. We got onto the wrong road but I saw a Dominos so we turned around. But the Dominos was closed so we got Chinese instead.
251271547275230-Wall_of_bott..r_St_Croix.jpgWall of bottles etc behind the counter and Restaurant tables

Wall of bottles etc behind the counter and Restaurant tables


The store was deserted and the lady that came to get our order seemed surprised to see someone.
7275231-Front_of_the_menu_St_Croix.jpgMenu

Menu


It took some time to get the order, which we took back to eat in the room. I wasn't impressed with the food and didn't even take any photos of it and the photos I do have were taken with my cell phone and aren't very good. I therefore don't remember exactly what we ordered

Bob put our bathing suits etc out on the patio in front of our room to get dry.
View from the French Doors

View from the French Doors


He brought in the bathing suits and hung them in the shower before he went to bed.Bob has also figured out the best way to make the toilet stop running but I don't have the knack.

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Haunting the Cemeteries

4 February 2014

This morning I was trying very hard to find out where Annaberg Plantation on St. Croix would be. I was doing a lot of internet searches and came up with nothing. Bob thought he would return the beach towels but the office wasn't open yet. They are on island time.

So we started out toward Christensted and we were going to stop at the first church which proved to be Friedensthal Moravian. Friedensthal "Valley of Peace" Moravian Church was founded by Moravian brethren in the 1750s to minister to enslaved Africans, conveying useful skills as well as salvation.
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Cupola


We drove in and up on the hill behind the church where there was a Rasta sitting under a tree.
Tree

Tree


He asked if we were coming to the meeting. We said "No but do you know if there is a cemetery here?" He said yes and pointed vigorously 'around there - "understand?" Bob parked but he parked in the sun. We walked around the cistern of the building and there was a gate and some steps and a walkway. We could see the cemetery down in the valley. I decided not to go down there
Looking down the path at Friedensthal Moravian Cemetery

Looking down the path at Friedensthal Moravian Cemetery


so I asked Bob to give me the keys and I reparked the car in the shade and waited. He took photos of all the markers (it wasn't a big cemetery).
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one of the graves for Jacob and Maria Stenks Death: March 1774 Plot: 13


Old Moravian cemetery gate

Old Moravian cemetery gate


All the markers were very old, The newest I saw was 1930

We proceeded about a block
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and came to St. John's Episcopal (Anglican) Church.
Welcome Visitors

Welcome Visitors

From St John's parking lot

From St John's parking lot


I kept asking if it was Episcopal or Anglican and they would look at me as if I had two heads and say "It is Episcopal parenthesis Anglican"

We parked. A lady called me into the church showing me where the ramp was so that I wouldn't have to do the steps and she gave us a tour. The church itself was establishd in 1760 as the first Anglican chuch in the Danish West Indies. The first building was destroyed by a hurricane. The second building was built of sandstone imported from Bermuda in 1778. The church was enlarged in 1854 to seat 1500. In 1866 a fire burnt the church to the walls. The church was restored in 1868.
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Inside St John's


All the woodwork in the church is mahogany.
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The lady who gave the tour is a volunteer. She decided that cruise ship people should be able to see the church but it was closed during the week. So now that she is retired, she looks at the cruise ship schedule and when a ship is in, she opens the church and gives tours. There was also a man there playing the organ,
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and a man who was sitting with her - she said she asked him to come because she didn't want to be by herself. I took photos of the markers in the floor,
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and signed the guest book. Bob went out into the cemetery to take the photos.
Picture taken from the cemetery of the door out on the cemetery

Picture taken from the cemetery of the door out on the cemetery


As we stood at the church door overlooking the cemetery, she pointed out that we could see the Catholic and the Methodist and other cemeteries. I didn't understand this until I looked at the map . The church (the red roofed building top right) backs up to the main Christensted Cemetery which has Catholic and Methodist sections
Cemeteries

Cemeteries


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Cemetery from the church

Cemetery from the church

Blue heron

Blue heron


Andrew Lang was actually buried at Kingshill. He died right after Hurricane Hugo and it wasn't possible for him to be buried here at that time because of the devastation that the hurricane caused. The stone says:
This is the intended burial place of Andrew Lang....This monument was placed here by James Memorial Funeral Home out of respect  for Andrew Lang and the Lang family

This is the intended burial place of Andrew Lang....This monument was placed here by James Memorial Funeral Home out of respect for Andrew Lang and the Lang family


Bob came in, and we got back in the car and went to Subway
Subway

Subway


and got sandwiches. We went to Subway for sandwiches several times. There are at least two Subways on St. Croix. In February we went to the one near Christiansted and got sandwiches which we took back to the resort.
7275318-Sandwiches_St_Croix.jpgBob ordering

Bob ordering


Then we came back to the resort, and I downloaded all the photos. This time when we got back, Bob was able to return the towels from yesterday. And he saw the man upstairs with ice so he went and got ice. One of the maintenance guys came and showed us where the controller for the A/C was - it was behind the bathroom door. Since neither of us closed the bathroom door - we never ever saw it.

After we ate and rested, we started out again about 3
Street in Christiansted

Street in Christiansted


aiming for Christensted cemetery that was behind St Johns. We also found the Jewish Cemetery
Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery


Rachel Levy - Born in St. Eustatia Died in St. Croix<br />Aged 82 years 4 months and 4 days - Erected by her bereaved children as a last tribute due to a kind and affectionate Mother

Rachel Levy - Born in St. Eustatia Died in St. Croix
Aged 82 years 4 months and 4 days - Erected by her bereaved children as a last tribute due to a kind and affectionate Mother


which is behind the new Friedensthal Moravian Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery

Moravian Cemetery


Christian Joseph Julien<br />Birth 	15 Apr 1852<br />Death 	26 Nov 1902 (aged 50)

Christian Joseph Julien
Birth 15 Apr 1852
Death 26 Nov 1902 (aged 50)


across the street from the Christensted Cemetery. Bob went to do them (they were small cemeteries and I couldn't get in there with the scooter) and I tried to figure out how to get the scooter into the Christensted cemetery.
The gate where we were was locked

The gate where we were was locked


but I took the scooter around the side and down a pedestrian path.

INSIDE the Christensted Cemetery (the green area between Peters Farm Road and West Street) was the Danish cemetery.
Danish Cemetery sign at the north end

Danish Cemetery sign at the north end


Old Danish cemetery tomb

Old Danish cemetery tomb


Almost all the Danish graves are listed with translations on the internet, and these graves are also on Find A Grave but without photos. So I took what photos I could from the road.
gravestone in front of the plaques on the wall

gravestone in front of the plaques on the wall

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In Memory of Danish men died in the Fatherland Service. Reist of the Danish State MCMXX (1920)

Hans A. Bishop grave inside an iron fence

Hans A. Bishop grave inside an iron fence


Sign at the south end just before you get to the

Sign at the south end just before you get to the

Danish war memorial

Danish war memorial


I did all the paved paths with the scooter including taking photos of St. John which is built of limestone imported from Bermuda
St John's Episcopal  from Christensted Cemetery

St John's Episcopal from Christensted Cemetery

The door of St John's (closed now) where I was standing looking out at the cemetery

The door of St John's (closed now) where I was standing looking out at the cemetery


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and went out
The main gate

The main gate


and around by road to where I had left Bob. He had reparked the car by the gate I went in originally but he was nowhere to be found. Eventually I went and looked over the wall and called him, so he finished up and came back to the car.

We went to KFC to get chicken
KFC sign

KFC sign


and I took a photo of the sign and some people thought I was taking their photo (they were inside behind the poster on the window). A couple with a baby came out and told me to open the window, but Bob had the keys and I had to open the door instead. They asked me why I was taken people's picture without their permission. I said I was taking a picture of the signs - they wanted to see, so I showed them the photo on the camera.
7275277-Window_with_poster_on_it_St_Croix.jpgCouple with the baby behind the Holiday Season poster

Couple with the baby behind the Holiday Season poster


We got gas on the way back to Hibiscus Resort and I downloaded all the photos and have started working on them.
Gas City near where we stayed

Gas City near where we stayed


The forecast is very boring 84 high, sunny or partly cloudy maybe rain. And the rain is usually at night.

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Visiting St Croix's Yellow Fort Christiansvaern

Christiansted National Historic Site

5 February 2014 - Wednesday

We have gone into Christensted enough now, so that we can recite all the landmarks. This intersection is the one that looks like we turn right but we go straight.
Mural at the intersection of 75 and 752

Mural at the intersection of 75 and 752


This one is the one that if we go straight we will be out in the boondocks.

Here is where they are digging the big hole. Here is the
Metal plate in the road

Metal plate in the road


And we know where the speed bumps close to the hotel are.

The most important thing to remember is that in St. Croix, they drive on the LEFT, but with LEFT HAND DRIVE CARS. And every so often I have to yell LEFT at Bob and sometimes he thinks he should turn left, forgetting that he has to drive on the left. As the driver, you will always be next to the grass edge of the road. The next thing to explain about are the roads. Island roads tend to be poorly surfaced and may take sharp turns due to the terrain. There are three tiers of roads. The roads have route numbers like in the rest of the USA, but there aren't as many of them. After you turn on a road you may not see another sign for some time. As the girl in the hotel office said - Those must be for tourists. We don't use them. They give directions like - "Go to the five point crossroad and take the road by the Ford dealership." The main roads have route numbers from 60 to 80. They are fairly decent roads and don't have speed bumps.
Two digit routes

Two digit routes


Secondary roads are mainly 601 to 799. They are very local roads and they have frequent and possibly unmarked speed bumps on them, so proceed with caution. And then there are the four digit roads- both paved and un-paved and some un-named roads. Try to stay off of them as they have potholes big enough to swallow the whole car. There are BIG speed bumps randomly about every 50 feet or so and with no paint or anything to show you where they are.

Today we went in to Christensted and visited the Fort there. Christiansted is the former capital of the Danish West Indies. It is one of the two main towns on St. Croix (the largest one) and home to the Christiansted National Historic Site.
Christiansted National Historic Site

Christiansted National Historic Site


Red sentry box

Red sentry box


Seniors admitted free with Golden Age Passport

Seniors admitted free with Golden Age Passport


I had my Golden Age Passport, but no ID and I didn't think they were going to let me use it.
Cannon

Cannon

Gate from the inside

Gate from the inside


I could get into the Fort on my scooter but the courtyard was cobblestone which, since that scooter has no springs is teeth-jarring.
Fort Christiansvaern 1788

Fort Christiansvaern 1788


Second floor diagram

Second floor diagram


I talked at length to the rangers about graveyards and historical societies etc and got some names and phone numbers who might be able to tell me where an Annaberg plantation cemetery might be on St. Croix. If it is actually there.

Bob walked around the fort and took the photos of it.
Rifle port

Rifle port

large_ad5fcbe0-596b-11e9-882c-f3187ad35692.JPGSecond floor courtyard

Second floor courtyard

Day officer's room

Day officer's room

Officer's ktchen

Officer's ktchen

Barrick Room

Barrick Room

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Ceiling

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Harbor Defense

Harbor Defense

Spikes on the wall

Spikes on the wall

Cobblestone courtyard

Cobblestone courtyard

Customs house

Customs house


Bob took photos from up on the top of the fort. I took photos from on the ground
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The two-story hipped-roof Old Danish Scale House was built in 1856 as a Danish weighing station for sugar exports, as well as imports that arrived in St Croix. It was the Visitor's Center, where the scales and the weigh-master's office can be seen. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. Unfortunately due to financial cutbacks, the Scale house was not open
Scale house

Scale house


Customs  House

Customs House


Customs house

Customs house


Police car with hotel in back

Police car with hotel in back

Chickens

Chickens

Hotel entrance oval

Hotel entrance oval

Scale house

Scale house


Then I rode along the harbor on the boardwalk
Protestant Cay - Hotel on the Cay

Protestant Cay - Hotel on the Cay


Plane coming to for a landing

Plane coming to for a landing

Plane landing

Plane landing

Ferry pickup spot

Ferry pickup spot

Ferry

Ferry


Christainsted waterfront

Christainsted waterfront


Old sugar mill

Old sugar mill

Two Salted Nuts

Two Salted Nuts


..and we stopped at the Fort Christian Brew Pub for lunch. When I asked about an early dinner/late lunch yesterday that was one of the places recommended. Inside the Brew Pub - advertising Foxy's Lager

Inside the Brew Pub - advertising Foxy's Lager

Other patrons

Other patrons


Menu

Menu


There was a resident tom cat which came to be petted.
Brew pub cat

Brew pub cat


I got a chicken dumpling soup
chicken dumpling soup

chicken dumpling soup


and quesdillas.
Cheese quesdillas

Cheese quesdillas


Bob defaulted to chicken nuggets.
Bob settle for Chicken Nuggets

Bob settle for Chicken Nuggets


I tried feeding the cat some of the chicken but I think it was too spicy for him. But when the girl cleared the table she gave the cat my chicken bones, which he ate.
Resident Tom cat (not interested in fries)

Resident Tom cat (not interested in fries)


The Steeple Building opposite the fort was originally the Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church. I visited it when we came on a cruise ship because it had a sign on it saying that it was a part of the Historic Sites and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. In 2010, there was a man inside who said he was a volunteer, and that the building was originally the Dane's Lutheran Church of Lord God and Saboath -built between 1750 and 1753. It was St Croix's first house of worship. The Georgian steeple (where the Steeple Building name came from) was added in the early 1800s. The building has been modified several times and has had various uses, first as a military bakery in 1831, and then as a hospital and school. When the steeple became unsafe due to hurricanes, the Dutch Reformed Church offered their building because the Dutch were leaving St. Croix. The Dutch Reformed church building was just one block north of the old church. So the current Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church is at 1120 King Street. Now, the National Park Service Museum which is inside has exhibits of the life in historic St Croix. There is a model of a working sugar plantation, TaĆ­no artifacts and agricultural exhibits.A chronology of the history of Africans in the Virgin Islands is also featured, as well as the history of the diverse architectural styles used on St Croix throughout the centuries.
Steeple of the Steeple Building

Steeple of the Steeple Building


There was a cemetery next to it. The cemetery is no longer there - it is Defunct. The NPS has done excavations, and they told me that there are no remains left there.
Former cemetery

Former cemetery


We came on back to the hotel, and I worked on the photos and Bob watched Pawn Stars and we had leftovers for dinner.
View from the window

View from the window

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