Air Sunshine

Don’t fly this airline. It wasn’t bad, if you are into death and turbulence. We took it from Puerto Rico to Isla de Vieques. Halfway through the flight, the pilot asked us to put our hands out the window at a slight angle to increase lift.

Isla de Vieques

After leaving Nevis, we decided to go to Isla de Vieques for a while. Never heard of it? Neither had I a few months ago! It is a tiny island right off Puerto Rico that used to be a fairly major Naval base for the US until just recently.

It is completely undeveloped and undiscovered. The beaches here are some of the best I have seen in the Caribbean, and I was really impressed. Most of the beaches we visited were either totally empty or had just a few people on them.

I’ll put up a few quick pics here of the beaches until I have more time.

Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques

Another one-eyed cab driver!

Two-thirds of my cab drivers in Nevis only had one functioning eye. I tried to get a better picture of this second guy, but trust me. There was just one.

(Picture not visible via stereopsis.)

New Monkey!

This monkey came right up to us while we were sitting on the ground. I think it was because I was wearing my shorts o’ presenting.

(Picture removed on request of the monkey.)

Snorkeling in St. Kitts

I took a small boat over to St. Kitts today to do some snorkeling. It was pretty decent, although I have had considerably better on other Caribbean islands. I almost caught a lobster, but it was too fast for me. I did grab a nice conch shell… I’ll get a picture of it after I use some acid to clean off all the gunk. It’s not a perfect specimen, but it does have some unique colors.

Here is a picture of the Nevis volcano from the channel that connects the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. This is the same place I saw a giant sea turtle but it did not stay surfaced long enough for me to grab a pic.

Nevis Volcano

Bananas

We went to this restaurant tonight here on the island called Bananas. It was very good, but we barely got there. We had this EXTREMELY sketchy looking taxi driver named Billy. I really doubt this guy can see in three dimensions.

Below are some pictures from the restaurant. You had to take that little mini-mine train to get to the top because it was so steep. Our hostess was this nice lady from London that moved to Nevis to work there at Bananas. She kept saying how much she liked it because it was not cold like London as she was wiping her forehead four times because she was so sweaty!

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Golf Cart Roadkill (nearly)

They gave us a golf cart to drive around while we are here, since our villa is kinda far from the main resort. We end up seeing a lot of interesting wildlife. Most run away before I can take a picture… so here is a boring frog but an interesting crab. This thing was huge… If I was to step on this crab, it may not have noticed! Look how big that left craw is. Not the craw, the CRAW!

(Pictures currently stuck in a recursive-logic wormhole. They will be available yesterday.)

Sunburned

I have the sort of skin that is somewhere between onion paper and litmus paper. It is all freckly and pale. I don’t really tan. I burn, and from a distance and in certain candlelight, I do actually look tan. This is why I carry around a small set of candles (or torches) with me whenever I go into public. I don’t want people thinking that I sit in front of a computer all day, which I actually do.

I think this picture is from a cool restaurant halfway up the volcano here at Nevis. It’s called The Hermitage and had some of the best food on the island. We had to travel up a pretty sketchy road, passing several skittish goats with Legionnaire’s disease. The food up at The Hermitage was 100% better than down here at the Four Seasons where everything is horribly overpriced.

Monkeys!

Nevis is full of jungle fauna and seems to have quite a diverse ecosystem for such a small island. Of course, one thing that makes the ecosystem very nice to appreciate is a golf course that rips through the center of the pristine environment. It actually makes it very nice and scenic, in a way, I suppose. I’ve been jogging on it every day and today I ran through a troop of monkeys. Troop, that’s the word, right? Anyway, they were all playing in the middle of the par 5 15th fairway. There seemed to be several families of monkey there. I saw two mother monkeys with baby monkeys underneath them holding onto their bellies. They let me get incredibly close to take pictures.

These are Vervet Green Monkeys originally from sub-Saharan Africa that came over here to St. Kitts and Nevis with enslaved Africans. The adults get to about 10 to 15 pounds and they are omnivores. That about completes everything I know about the vervet monkeys.

After I spent about half an hour silently tracking and sitting with the monkeys, something RATHER annoying happened. Some golfers teed up and started playing that hole. Naturally, that would not bother me in the slightest since that is the purpose of the golf course, but these were some of those very annoying people that give America a bad name overseas. These two were the quintessential rankling ugly Americans. They were this loud New York Jewish couple that had the stereotypical grating, loud, irritating voice that you could hear from half a mile away.

“Loook,” the lady yelled in a nasally voice, “I think I see a monkeeeeey!”

At that point, the husband and wife came ripping through the underbrush with a gasoline-powered golf cart with all the gentility of a Panzer tank rolling over de Gaulle. 95% of the monkeys went running and screaming for cover before they both jumped out of the cart and came running over to the trees with the gait of alpha gorillas.

“Loooyoook!” the husband said with a Shylock drawl, “I think they are eating mangoes or something! Hey guys!” His voice was at a decibel level between leaf blower and shuttle disaster.

And no, they were assuredly not eating mangoes, because mangoes are not tiny green seeds smaller than a peanut.

So I got away from those idiots and absconded with their golf balls.

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