Island Time

While I didn’t make my goal of finishing up our vacation photos before the end of May, I got really close.  There’s no need to reflect on the fact that we took this vacation in January – that type of information is irrelevant.  What does matter is that I want to go back oh-so-badly.

We took our first cruise to the Virgin Islands with two other couples.  I love vacationing with friends.  Having a group to parade around with makes it more of an adventure.  You also have more people making fun of you but whatever.  Details.  We left port from Puerto Rico and made the rounds to St. Thomas, St. Johns, St. Kitts and St. Croix before floating back to San Juan.

I’ve shared much of our St. Thomas adventure already.  I have no photos from St. Johns as we were ziplining in the jungle.  Kind of hard to hold a camera when you’re doing your best Rambo impersonation.  So many of the photos below are from St. Kitts, St. Croix and El Yunque in Puerto Rico.  And what I’ve learned is that composing photographs while on vacation is for photographers that vacation with photographers.  I also learned that sea legs stay with you even after you leave the boat.

Virgin Islands - the boat

Our first night on the ship – the boat across from us waved goodbye.

Virgin Islands - St Thomas

The bay at St. Thomas.  I really loved St. Thomas.

Virgin Islands - St Kitts

The bay at St. Kitts.  My second favorite island.

Virgin Islands - St Kitts

Taxi to the beach.

Split Seas

The Atlantic is on the left.  The Caribbean is on the right.

Week 2: Joy

You’re familiar with this one.  But Alan was soaking it all in.  Gorgeous.

Virgin Islands - St Kitts

Hills.  Clouds.  Grass.  Sigh.

Virgin Islands - St Croix

In port at St. Croix.  Where everything was blockaded for a parade.

As you can see, they are not photographers.  And walk very,very fast.  Too fast.

Virgin Islands - St Croix

Virgin Islands - St Croix

Virgin Islands - St Croix

So many baton twirlers walked the parade in their sequence.

Virgin Islands - St Croix

I don’t really care for sailboats.  But it’s got to be better than this desk.

Puerto Rico

El Yunque.  We walked to the top of the tower to get the birds eye view.

Puerto Rico

Proof that we made it to the tippy top.

Puerto Rico

All I wanted to see was a monkey in it’s natural habitat.  El Yunque has no monkeys.  I settled on this gecko.

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June 10, 2011 - 10:12 am

Melissa - sigh. those are beautiful. I want to be there. right now. Instead I am at my desk. thanks for letting me daydream for a few minutes!

June 10, 2011 - 10:25 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - I bet it’s hotter here today than it is on that lovely island. That’s just one reason I wish I were there.

June 10, 2011 - 11:47 am

Rev - I was standing right across from the guy in the pimp suit at the parade. I kept nudging Mrs. Rev to get some pictures of him. He was like a scene out of a 70’s gangster movie, except he was taking pictures with an iPhone. I laugh every time i think about it.

June 10, 2011 - 8:28 pm

Jun Belen - WOW! Gorgeous photographs. The bay is simply breathtaking!!

June 13, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Todd - Great pictures, Shutterboo. Seeing these reminds me of a line from 30 Rock: “I want to go to there.”

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