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.