The view from Chez Shell, St John, USVI
At the beach every day for two weeks, snorkeling with Veronica and the kids, Yoga in the afternoon, teaching the kids the ways of the Force. Thinking to myself, “what a great and relaxing time.” Two weeks in St. John, USVI highly recommended for those in need of a complete mental refresh. Any thought that brought me out of the moment, went immediately onto my reminders app, and out of my mind. Photos soon to be up on Flickr.
The weather was perfect, if you ask me. It was partly cloudy every day, and rained occasionally, but otherwise it would have been too much sun for the family. Our villa, Chez Shell, was so perfect it’s sort of hard to describe. Great location, two decks overlooking Great Cruz Bay (picture above is from our deck), pool small enough that the kids can easily swim it in all directions, cooled by the island breeze, and plenty of modern amenities for cooking, etc.
Each morning we’d make a lunch and take off to one perfect beach after another: Trunk Bay, Maho Bay, Cinnamon Bay or Hawksnest. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and most of them had great snorkeling options. I was a bit skeptical when we bought the kids snorkel gear before we left Boston, but they really took to it! Oh sure, we had to basically push them through the water, but they wore their little masks and got into looking at the fish.
I can’t wait to see the photos we took from our disposable underwater camera. The kids were quite vexed by the fact that they couldn’t preview the pictures immediately after taking them. I struggled to explain “chemical photography” to them.
After about four hours on the beach the kids would be wiped out, so we’d head back to the villa, and they would play their favorite game of all time (for at least right now): Angry Birds Star Wars. It’s a great game, and very addictive, and the kids surprised me again by showing that they could think through and develop new strategies for getting those darn pigs. We also became very obsessed with drawing pictures of the characters in the game, and taking them with us wherever we went.
Veronica found and engaged a yoga instructor named Suki to visit us every afternoon and guide us through yoga and breathing exercises. (I did this every other day, and Veronica every day.) Suki was great, and over the past few weeks we got to be friends with her and her very engaging husband as well. We’re leaving St. John more flexible than we arrived for sure!
Towards the end of our trip, we took a boat trip on the Lion in Da Sun which was one of the highlights of the trip. We motored with Captain Rick out to a place called Turtle Cove (I think) and swam with a whole bunch of turtles, then snorkeled over a wrecked ship, went to St Thomas for lunch, and then toured the bays and harbors of St John. Veronica fell in love with a very tiny beach called Mermaid Bay, which she has declared her favorite place on earth:
Another interesting development during the trip was our discovery (on Spotify) of a Hawaiian artist named Sashamon, whose album One Day Maybe became the official soundtrack of our trip. He’s sort of a Jack Johnson crossed with Bob Marley sound. Here is his best song, in my opinion, Japanese Squeeze:
Surf all day. Polka all night
Everything is alright with me
and my Japanese Squeeze
Yes, everything is definitely all right.