I’ve been waiting since Sept. 6th for this day to come. Our original trip should have started on September 10th but Hurricane Irma ( and eventually Maria) had different plans. I remember being at work not focused on anything but what was happening to my beautiful little idyllic island that I loved. The pictures that first came out were horrific. The devastation seemed endless and overwhelming. Yet, when i stepped off the plane on Feb. 28th I knew it was all going to be okay. I could finally breathe and see just what some of the devastation looked like. It was AMAZING to see the progress in such a short period of time. I had so many emotions on the always breathtaking ferry ride over to St. John and as we got closer it still looked so beautiful and serene. As i learned throughout the week, however, its really not about the buildings and the palms and the gorgeous azure blue water. It’s ALL about the people. The people are why we continue to be drawn to this little rock, but more on the people later!
Our travel day started at about 4am waking up to catch a shuttle to the airport for our 6am flight. Why did we pick a 6am flight??? 12 hours later and a shuttle, a plane, a layover, a plane, a taxi and a ferry…we made it!!! Cruz Bay never looked so good. And the weather!! We dont typically go to STJ during high season because we like it less crowded but this high season felt much more like low season. The weather was beyond amazing. It rained everyday a little bit BUT it was warm and breezy and PERFECT everyday.