Travel: Island Bound

396057_267773546670205_956020043_nView of Trunk Bay, one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world

Three years ago, our family jetted off for a week to St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was one of the most beautiful islands I have ever been to – so peaceful and carefree. We have talked about that trip ever since and today we are headed back – this time for a three day stint in St. Thomas (just us “kids”: myself, husband and my siblings) and then we are meeting up with my mom and aunt and uncle for a week in St. John.
377716_268384079942485_1391076345_n The sugar mill plantation, Annaberg. We will be able to hike to this from our house!

Our first trip we stayed in a gorgeous house on Rendezvous Bay, near the town of Cruz Bay where the ferries port. Since we are making a return trip to the island, we wanted to experience something different and are staying on the south side of the island, on Lameshur Bay in a beautiful house with its own private sand beach, access to the bay for easy snorkeling and near by hiking trails that go to an ancient sugar mill, pictured above.

418668_267637536683806_838073599_nSO many lizards!

Suffice it to say, we are very much looking forward to this trip! I love the wildlife on the island, which is mostly a huge national park. Fishing is prohibited in most areas and the lizards come out in droves each morning.

544558_268383616609198_2046633711_nThe GORGEOUS Leinster Bay and my three siblings

We have plans to snorkel in blue water that is like none other and if good fortune prevails, we will be trying our hand at some deep water soloing (you think we would go a trip without rock climbing??).

549062_267637676683792_376972813_nIsland life is colorful (and full of one rum smoothie after another).

I had a pina colada for the first time in my life on the last trip and will be indulging in the rum fueled ones this go round. I have a few posts planned for the blog while we are gone, but to stay up to date on our adventures, follow @chicstripes for fashion related things (think: chacos and island wear), @genesisclothingcompany for thrifting, shop buying and sister shenanigans, and @sydneypbasslester for island life, landscapes and lots of family selfies. Peace!


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