We’ve been enjoying exploring many of the hiking trails and ruins from the sugar plantation days of St. John, and over the weekend we took the Johnny Horn Trail from Coral Bay over to Leinster Bay. This trail quickly ascends straight up over an island hill, with nearly 500 ft in rapid elevation gain. Definitely great exercise!
While we brought our swimsuits along intending to take a swim at the beach before heading back, we got completely distracted with a side trail to the Bad Boys House ruins.
These pictures we took may give you some idea of why this spot quickly became our favorite on island so far.
Originally, this was the owner’s estate of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation across the bay, and is also known as ‘Windy Hills Ruin’ (we’ll stick with calling it ‘Bad Boys House’, it’s just more fun!). Over the years, it’s also been reported to be a masonic lodge and later a boys boarding house. In 1916, the structure fell during a hurricane.
Once the entry way and ballroom. There are documents referencing decadent mahogany furniture and libraries held within this estate. Now, pink flowers grace these once stately halls.
A view of Waterlemon Cay below (some of our favorite snorkeling on island) and Mary Point in the distance. The views, the off beat nature of getting to this location and the excellent condition of the ruins make this an explorer’s wonderland. We ended up poking around, photographing and enjoying the views for well over an hour, never once disturbed by another human being – despite it being the peak tourist week of the season.
Chris rockin’ his new Scottevest, a holiday gift from his parents. I love this photo of him, so looks like it should be in a magazine advertisement!
Happy New Year from Technomadia!
(PS. Over the weekend we also opened an account with SmugMug, where all these photos are hosted on. We’ll be making the transition from Flickr soon. Feel free to join us over there!)