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Friday, August 31, 2012

Featherless Florida Cranes

Good morning,

There are Fleatherless Florida Cranes everywhere down here!
Most have red, white, and blue feathers on their heads.
I think they are taking over the eco system!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Florida Powerful Cows or Cows and Power

Good morning,

We are on the road again!  We are heading North from Florida to Ohio. 

See all of those cows up there in that image above? 
They share their pasture with some pretty powerful lines.
These lines provide power to Southern Florida.  ...and perhaps to the cows?
And, when cows and power combine...
 ...they get JOBS!  ;)


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

St. Thomas Walk - Part 2 of 2

Good morning,

We saw that fellow above on our walk back to Freedom of the Seas from the Old Downtown area of St.Thomas, U.S.V.I.  He was quite well hidden along the rocks of a tributary to the sea.
Our walkway lined with well tended hedges widened as we neared the yacht harbor and shopping area.
There's our beautiful floating home waiting for us.
Now without the zoom and standing in the same spot, you can see we still have quite a bit of walking to do to get there.

 More beautiful tropical flowers.  The colors and aromas are incredibly lovely.
 For those of you who don't want to sleep on your yacht, you can check into a dockside hotel where you can enjoy the pool.  *sigh*

 You can find just about everything you might need and it would be hard to get lost.
 Look at that blue!  Yes, it really looks like that!
 This is the second time ashore that we have passed the Fat Turtle.  Since we had already eaten lunch, we didn't stop today, either.  The Fat Turtle will be a reason to come ashore another time.  ;)

 Finally, we are almost back to the "mother ship" Freedom of the Seas

I hope you've enjoyed our visit to St. Thomas with us.

All the best,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

St. Thomas Walk - Part 1 of 2

Good morning,

I hope you are enjoying our long visit to St. Thomas.  Today and tomorrow I'll share images from our long walk back to the ship from Old Downtown St. Thomas.
There is so much to see along the way that is easily missed if you are in a vehicle.
The man with the "moving bar" found just the right spot.  As traffic slowed, he made several sales to those stuck in traffic. 
This would not have been such a fun walk if the weather been very hot.
 Mickey Mouse is in port today, too.
 This one has been here for awhile.
 We've rounded another corner and can see our entire ship again.
 I see My Honey stopped to take a picture of that boat skeleton, too.  The boarded up building appears to have been a restaurant and/or bar.  I'm sure it only had customers who came by boat since there is no parking nearby.
 We are now nearing the yacht club near the cruise ship part of the port.  There's our beautiful Freedom of the Seas over there. 
 It is a long and winding road.  ;)

Tomorrow will be the last part of this walk including a bird watching us as we watched him along the way, the very up-scale shopping center, and our return to the ship after an enjoyable trip ashore.

I hope you'll join us.

All the best,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Road to the Port - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

I believe this is one of my all-time favorite images I've taken in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.  We have walked to the end of the old waterfront and, after a little exploring here, will walk back to our ship across the bay.
When we took the taxi ride into the old town, this is the area where we were dropped off.  Local entrepreneurs have some lovely items to sell.  Whether you're in the buying mood or not, it is fun to walk through the stalls to see what is available.
And, now for another angle is our ship across the bay.  Soon we will start our walk back to the ship, just less than a two mile walk.

What a wonderful way to get some exercise!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Old Fort, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

My Honey and I enjoy walking around ports and taking pictures.  It's so much fun to have no specific objective except to spend some time exploring and perhaps having some lunch.
"Recycle and Reuse" is certainly the key to this place.  It is obviously an old fort...
...that has found another use.  There don't seem to be enough bars on the windows to indicate it is a jail.  It appears to be some sort of an office building.  Perhaps someone reading this can tell us how it is being used now. 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

United States Coast Guard - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

We are still in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.  The day was so pretty and we had the time so we walked around the dockside.  The US Coast Guard is so very important to all of us when we are at sea. 
The USCG not only protects our US boarders, they provide security for ships sailing into and out of the ports.  They also provide for medical evacuations from ships at sea when necessary and in addition to their many other duties. 

These are wonderful people and we greatly appreciate them.

All the best,

Friday, August 24, 2012

On the Waterfront - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

We took a walk along the old waterfront in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful day.  It was warm, not hot.  It was sunny, but breezy.
Across the bay is our Mother Ship, Freedom of the Seas.  I zoomed quite a bit to get this image.
Post card pretty!
 The old part of the dockside has seen hundreds of years of activity.
 I wonder what these old chains have seen.
 Stay tuned for our walk along the dockside back to Freedom of the Seas and the pictures we took along the way.

All the best,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lunch at Cafe Amici - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

Here are images of Cafe Amici where we ate lunch in Downtown St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 
It was fun to be back here once again.  As it was the first time we were here in 1997 and in later years, though, there weren't any tables available when we arrived so we sat at the bar to order lunch.
And, a complete bar it is!  We had iced tea, though.
There's Makers Mark Bourbon from Kentucky.  We visited the Markers Mark Distillery and saw how it is made last September. 
Service was somewhat slow, but the food was definitely worth the wait (not too much weight, though.)  This gives a whole new meaning to "tuna salad."  Wow!  This was delicious!

I hope you're enjoying our visit to St. Thomas with us.