One of the things I did while I was in the islands was go down to Magens Bay every morning to kayak, walk the beach (which is almost a mile long) or water walk and swim. I did some snorkeling too. The beach is a whole six minutes away from the house so it wasn't a hardship or anything like that.
Magens was donated by Arthur S. Fairchild to the people of the Virgin Islands in perpetuity to be maintained as a public park and nature preserve. It is a jewel.
My sister Erva and I arrived anywhere from 6:30 to 7 AM (rain or shine) and departed as tourists started showing up, between 8:30 and 9 AM.
Almost every day I saw turtles poke their heads up to take a breath. They feed on the sea-grass bottom . I also saw tarpon, sting rays, pompano, a baby lemon shark, a barracuda, and these guys, spotted eagle rays. (Photo by John Norton.) There are a young pair that hang out at one of end of the beach. Several times as I water walked they followed me, getting to within a foot of my feet. The polka dots look blue in the water and so they've been nicknamed the blueberry pancakes.
Among the birds there were frigate and booby birds, pelicans, terns, sand pipers and...
parrots (this was taken from a good distance away.)
and noisy, pompous, competitive seagulls
After exercising, Erva and I wallowed in the water eating fresh cut fruit and drinking hot coffee. As we lounged small fish nibbled at the skin of our feet. You know some people pay big money to get fish pedicures. What a way to start the day!
This is the first video I have every up/downloaded. It was taken with an old camera and the color isn't all that great. The pinkish/brown hills are actually very green as the islands had an unusually wet winter and spring. So as you view it, think bright, deep, clear green.
If you exercise, do you have a favorite place or time of day? Personally, I can't think of a better one than this.
And I cannot leave this post without paying my deepest respects to one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday. May he fly to stars.