Sep 152013
 

We’ve just returned home from our annual journey to my “adopted home” of St. John.  Even though we love to explore new places, I can’t manage to shake the St. John flu.  That little island has a hold on me like no other.

My Charm Necklace, with STJ Coordinates

STJ Coordinates – Cruz Bay in the background

For the second year in a row, we stayed at Gallows Point.  I’m eternally tempted by the striking villas that speckle the verdant hillsides, but Gallows Point scores major points when it comes to convenience, house reef, lodging quality and location.

Gallows Point House Reef, from our Balcony

Gallows Point House Reef, from our Balcony

Gallows Point Resort from the Water

Gallows Point Resort

The Reef Awaits

The Reef Awaits

Jump In

Jump In

Our weather for the week was, in a word, wet.  A record rainfall was recorded on St. Thomas, thanks in no small part to Tropical Storm Gabrielle which passed through during our visit.  Our planned trip to the BVIs on Kekoa was cancelled, so we were sadly BVI-less for the week.

The rain and wind brought the visibility down a few notches.  Nevertheless, we spent hours snorkeling on the house reef and photographing its inhabitants.  More to come on this…

Gallows Point Reef Resident Octopus

Gallows Point Reef Resident Octopus, by Mr. Reeftraveler

While many boat diving days were cancelled due to weather, we managed to do a few days of diving with Low Key Watersports.  We explored Mingo, Congo and Lovango Cays with Isaac, Low Key’s Divemaster extraordinaire.

Meredith at Congo Cay, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Meredith at Congo Cay, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Flamingo Tongue, Lovango Cay

Flamingo Tongue, Lovango Cay

Southern Stingray, Lovango Cay - by Mr. Reeftraveler

Southern Stingray, Lovango Cay – by Mr. Reeftraveler

Due to wet roads and poor weather conditions, we didn’t get out to do much North Shore beach exploring.  But our underwater explorations at Gallows Point and the Cays more than made up for the lack of beach time.

Mr. Reeftraveler Diving Congo Cay

Mr. Reeftraveler Diving Congo Cay

Check back soon for lots more on St. John, including dive photos from Congo, Lovango and Mingo Cays, snorkeling shots from Gallows Point, thoughts on restaurants we liked and more.

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  2 Responses to “Back from Love City, aka St. John”

  1. Love your pictures! We spend yearly vacations on St. John and can’t seem to shake the “St John Flu” either! (Not really looking for a cure though…) Just wondering where you got your St John charms? I’ve seen the longitude, latitude charms at Free Bird, but I realllly love yours! Thanks!

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