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Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Chicopee...
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Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Hi all,

This is a very abbreviated report on the first week (Oct.5-9) of our trip to St. John, I will at least link to some photos and video. Just before departure we learned of the beach closings as part of the government shutdown, we had expected facilities to be closed but not beaches.

We started planning sneak in strategies and deciding what would be the least patrolled beaches, the best surprise of the trip came Sunday morning when we learned the beaches had just been opened. many of the facilities are still closed and the Friends of the Park are negotiating to run the Reef Bay hikes with volunteers but haven't received permission to do so yet.

We stayed at Siempre Azul, located just a bit south of Miss Lucy's. The owner Chris Boyd was very helpful and easy to deal with, the property manager Bonny is a lovely person who was very energetic making out time a wonderful one.

We spent most of our time snorkeling; we visited Maho, Cinnamon, Hawksnest, Saltpond, Little Lameshur, Great Lameshur, Hansen, Haulover North, Waterlemon, and off the cobble beach in front of our villa.

A photo album can be found here: https:/…

I also made a few short underwater videos, they don't have any fancy editing or music but feature porcupinefish, stingrays, cowfish, and a scrawled filefish:

https://vimeo.com/76518680

https://vimeo.com/76573232

https://vimeo.com/76707760

In case you would like to see some videos from last year you can find all of mine here: https://vimeo.com/user445162/videos

Don

New Hammpshire
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1. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Would you recommend that villa? It has been on our short list for years and years! Thanks.

New Jersey
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2. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Thank you for the report and great pictures.

Florida
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3. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Thanks for the fantastic photos. What kind of camera were you using? So glad they opened the beaches for you.

USA
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4. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing. :)

MA
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5. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Wonderful photos!!!!!!, Donald. Thanks for posting and glad that things with the park worked out. Always particularly neat to read about a mutual Western MA resident's trip to the fantabulous STJ! Lots going for us between now and next April but already looking forward:) Busy in Wilbraham:)

Chicopee...
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6. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

I'm using a Canon D10 from a few years back, it has since been replaced by a newer model the D20. Recently here have been quite a few reviews of waterproof cameras, I can give you some links if you're interested.

Don

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7. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

First of all, thank you for sharing your trip adventures. Those are some amazing pictures. I use a Fuji Z33 WP for my underwater pictures. I bought my girlfriend a Nikon CoolPix AW110. We are headed to St Thomas and St. John this December. It looks like a beautiful place from looking at your pictures.

Chicopee...
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8. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

We've started to put together an album of photos from our second week on St. John, in addition to the eagle ray photos there are more underwater pics and some shots from around our villa. Saturday we have to head home, now it seems like the trip just flew by.

The album is found here: https:/…

Don

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9. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Great pics! We stayed @ Maison Miele several years back which is just around the corner from your villa. We took a walk one day and no one was @ that villa and we walked the property and peeked through the windows, nice little villa for two folks for sure and a nice location. We also had many goats everyday.

Maison had an amazing view, right on the cliff with all windows so you felt more like you were on a ship than in a home, the views were simply gorgeous and we loved the place and the pool area was to die for.

Thanks for the amazing pictures.

Weatherford, Texas
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10. Re: Trip Report- Oct. 5-9 "The Shutdown Special"

Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing. What setting do you use on your D-10? I have a D-20 but the colors don't look as bright.

Thanks!