1992, we were invited to stay at "Maribela" on St John by Bob and Carol
Ann Faucett. There is a hand written account of the experience in
the beige covered note book starting on page 45 that is transcribed
Sunday, January 19, 1992
The circumstances that brought this trip about were
as follows. Bob and Carol Ann Faucett have for several years have been
renting a house on St John. They run week long vacation retreats for
three couples. As it turns out they could not fill two of the three
spaces for this week. Rather than have just one couple, they invited us
and the Feorino's to join them at no cost other than the air fare.
We all arrived in St Thomas in time to take the
ferry to St John together. The new couple are Bill and Dot Hennigan
from Long Island. Bill is in his 70's and is recovering from prostate
surgery. They seem to have taken all the vacation retreats with the
Faucetts and have traveled extensively in addition on their own. It
would seem that they take several trips a year.
We spent the time after arriving at 4 PM, getting
acquainted, having dinner, and planning the week. The house is a
beautiful 4 bedroom houde with a large patio and pool with a view of St
Thomas, Hart bay, and Chocolate Hole. It is called Maribella.
Monday January 20 1992
The daily routine starts with breakfast at 8 AM.
Before that is quiet time. After breakfast, a short time of prayer and
a time to share on the days theeme. Today's was thanksgiving. Then we
pack a lunch and head for the beach. Today it was Trunk Bay. The
turquese water, white sand and lush green foliage make it a beautiful
place to be in January. Not to mention the clear blue sky, and
temperature in the 80's. We snorkled on the snorkel path and enjoyed
the sun and water. It was Martin Luther King day and the kids were off
from school. They were a noisy bunch of black teenagers but were well
behaved and having a lot of fun. They spoke a strange dialect of
English which is like different laqnguage. I could not understand a
single sentence, phrase, or word in listening to them speak.
We had a great dinner, evening prayer, and played cards until 10 or 11 PM.
Tuesday January 21, 1992
After breakfast and morning prayer, we went
snorkeling at Hawks Nest Bay. The snorkeling was excellent and I took
12 pictures with an under water camera. When we came back it was date
night, meaning each couple should go to a resturante. We all ended up
at Cafe Roma and had a good meal. It was Bill's 76 birthday.
Wednesday January 22, 1992
After breakfast and morning prayer, we rode to the
Ruf Bay trail head and began a 2 mile hike to the petraglyphs and pool
on the trail to Ruf Bay. Then we branched off onto a 2 mile trail to
Lensure Bay. We met Bob and Carol Ann there in the truck. We snorkeled
there until 4 PM and then left to pick up Bill and Dot who went
to St Thomas for the day. We met them in Pussers for a drink and when
we returned to the truck we found that my watch and pocket knife were
stolen from my backpack.
A Local rumor that we picked up is that if Cuba
opens up to American tourism that the Virgin Islands will suffer
greatly and real estate values will plumit.
Thursday January 23 1992
We left to spend the day in Virgin Gorda in the
British Virgin Islands. We took an hour and a half ferry ride up wind
to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. The ride was rough a good portion of
the way confirming that the water down here is always rough in some
areas. We took a $2 cab ride to the Baths and spent most of our time
snorkeling and exploring the caves and boulders. The snorkeling was
excellent deep water senic snorkeling. The kind that makes Alice
uncomfortable. We returned home and had an excellent steak dinner and
played cards for the rest of the evening.
Friday January 24, 1992
After packing lunch, we took off for yet another
beach. We had stopped to snorkel at Lenster Bay when we sailed the
Harvey Gamage. It has a stoney beach and a small island at the mouth of
the bay. While swimming out to the island Bob and I saw a large turtel,
(2 foot) grazing on the bottom. Later we saw a Morey eel. Alice,
Lorrain, and Jim swam out after we did and saw a squid and large
schools of fish that they swam through.
Saturday January 25, 1992
Spent the day at Hawks Nest snorkeling. Took the
Faucetts to dinner at the Baracuda resturant as a gesture to Mac, the
one who saved my camera from being stolen and because we overstayed at
the Faucetts. The food was not that good and I was sorry that Alice and
I didn"t just go ourselves.
Sunday January 26
Took the ferry to St Thomas and caught our plane to Newark at 1:40 PM.