Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Friday!

I thought I would give you some things from the islands that may make you happy on this Friday before the Labor Day Weekend!

the key word here is fresh? Um yea as fresh as it gets here on the Rock?

A new strain of pineapple?

This is a shirt you wear after too many shots doing the Red Hook 500 at 3 AM?

Your government dollars at work? I was thinking the field may have been a beach with chairs?

Get your calculator out here, as I know from reading this on urinals, one Gallon = 3.8 Liters?

I simply LOVE the tropical humidity come August, September and October?

Oh good nothing like a late night snack after drinking rum drinks where the rum is cheaper than the mixer?

I am not quite sure if they consider 7:30 or 6:00 late night? Not to mention Monday through Friday they are only open for a half hour?

I kind of have a problem with no clothes when you are over 35, sunburned and wear a size 46 waist?

If you look closely here, you will see that there is green coming out of the one on the right and white coming out on the one on the left?

Are you sure you are serving beef in those burgers?

Butt Fumble in the Islands?

Great shirt for a family event! 

I guess shit can be made up anywhere? This was from Chile, glad to see a new idea for dinner, having raw wieners for your main course?

If anyone else has some good photos like these, please send them to me! I would love to do another post like this! 

XO is having a 80's party Saturday night at 9PM. 

Have a great Labor Day Weekend, remember here on the Rock, it is always Summer....for the rest of you, enjoy your last weekend of Summer, in 3 months that white stuff will be with you! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Skiing in the Summer in Chile - Part 1

Both Shannon and I are avid skiers, which may make sense since we met in Jackson Hole, WY while I was working at Grand Targhee Ski Resort and she was working for the Four Seasons, Jackson Hole. Although when we lived in Reno, NV, we did not ski as much due to work constraints. We knew that when we moved to the Virgin Islands, skiing on snow was not available. We had skied in Chile for our honeymoon back in July 2003. We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary and what better way to escape the heat of the summer in the islands, but to go south to Chile where it was their Winter for two weeks.

We made plane reservations back in December to leave August 6th and return on Aug 20th. We realized from our last visit that skiing in Chile in July is not the best as most of their schools are out on vacation and the resorts are crowded and prices are high!

We started a week before we left pulling out all of our winter clothes and gear. Much to our surprise, many of our clothes and gloves were covered in mold. Throwing them into the washing machine seemed to solve that issue. It was so weird packing all of these heavy and bulky clothes!

The morning we were going to leave we took the car ferry from St Thomas to St John to drop the dogs off at Canines, Cats & Critters. They do boarding there and it is also a vet office so if your pet is going to be sick, you have a doctor there! They do play time with the dogs and post their pictures while you are away on Facebook. The staff there is very caring too! They charge $35/day per dog with a 10% discount for each additional dog. St Thomas residents, they will meet you at the ferry dock, the people ferry allows dogs if the are muzzled. For more info on them, here is their info.

Now go back to St Thomas and to our house to finish closing up the house and putting up the hurricane shutters (you never know if you are going to get a storm?) and off to the airport! 

When we pulling out our skis out of the car, the looks were pretty funny, even the TSA guy couldn't believe we had skis in the VI! We left at 4:30 and had a layover in Miami as our flight wasn't until 11:00 PM and was a 8 hour red eye. The solution to this is to fly Business Class so you get a lie flat seat. I love having frequent flier miles. After hanging out in the Admirals Club in Miami it was time to get on the flying tube for our 8 hour flight into Santiago, Chile. 

It is really too bad American Airlines has such old and outdated planes with the same in their flight attendants. I tried to get on LAN but wasn't able to as they don't have our route in their schedule. I managed to get some sleep for about 4 hours and woke up to a cloud layer and the Andes Mountains at sunrise. 

We landed at about 7 AM to a cool rain and 40 degrees. We went through customs and paid $160 each for our visas (the reason they charge that much is the US Charges Chileans that to come to the US, too bad we don't charge British Virgin Islanders $10 like they charge us?). We collected our luggage and went and got our wheels for the next two weeks, a 2012 Toyota 4 Runner. If you know me, you can only guess how psyched I was to have that rig, being that we have a 2004 4Runner and a Tacoma? We rented the 4Runner for $75/day from Econorent

After walking to the car in the cold rain, I forgot how the Chileans are always in a hurry. The car rental guy wanted me to fill out the damage form before I even got our bags in the car as it was pouring rain. After realizing that our Ipad wasn't going to work with the GPS Elf, we pulled out our old paper map from 10 years ago. If we managed to navigate 10 years ago with a paper map, we should be able to do it again? 

We were both tired and not looking forward to getting on the highways of crowded Santiago. We had a 5 hour drive ahead of us on our way to Nevados de Chillean. The good news about 2.5 hours into the drive we were going to stop at a winery right outside of San Fernando, Casa Silva. 

When we were trying to find Casa Silva, we wandered onto another winery, Santa Helena. There we bought a few wines which ended up being pretty good! 

It was only 11:30 AM, so now time to go over to Casa Silva. We first stopped at their wine store to buy some more wine (we brought home a bottle of their Pinot Nior to have on a special occasion). 

It was really weird how we were the only people at these places? Well off to their restaurant for some lunch. Their restaurant is located on a polo field and behind the polo field was some rodeo grounds. They also have a hotel there. The restaurant was great! We each had a glass of wine by the fireplace. We had forgotten how Chileans really don't heat up their indoor space, they will have a fireplace with a couple of logs on it or a wood stove to heat an entire restaurant. And they also dress with coats or fleeces on when dining.). They brought out some breads to start, and immediately it brought back memories of how good the breads are there.  I call their breads, "hockey pucks" as they come in the shape of a puck, although they are not hard. We then had an appetizer of cheese and squid empenadas. Empenadas are a very popular dish in Chile. For a main course, we were both cold being in the tropics the day before, so we both had the cazeula beef soup which was excellent! That soup is also a popular dish there. If you want to figure out the prices there, divide by 500 to get dollars. 

After a great lunch, it was time to hit the road again. Next stop is a 3 hour drive to the City of Chillan to go grocery shopping for our cabana. 

Stay tuned for our next stop!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Friday!

Back to the Virgin Islands from skiing in Chile! Here are some pics from Chile and today's view!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sorry There Haven't Been Any New Posts, Because....

We have been skiing in Chile! We will be back to the islands soon, with a full story of our adventure! 

You see when it is hot in August in the Virgin Islands, why not head south and experience Winter!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Friday!

What is going on this weekend?

Sunday at Castaways on St John:

Enjoy Cafe Roma food, like our popular Rajun Cajun and Penne 
Broccoli, live music, drink specials, raffles (over $5,000 in donated
prizes- Jewelry, boat trips, gift certificates. hotel stays, and more), 
and a silent auction. Come join the fun and help support Cafe Roma
in their refurbishing efforts. Food tickets are $20 in advance at 
Connections and $25 at the door. Raffle tickets are available now at
High Tide, Castaways, Across the Street, and Connections in Coral
Bay and Cruz Bay. In St Thomas food and raffle tickets are
available at the Nisky Center Management Office. Raffle tickets are
also available on-line.

Have a great weekend!