We arrived back to the mainland Tuesday, ending our fabulous winter on St. John.
We were full of mixed emotions of leaving, and made a decent attempt at finding a balance between handling our exodus logistics, getting work done and exploring the island more.
Everything fell nicely into place. We easily found a buyer for our Jeep Wrangler – a neighbor up the road who was happy to handle the paperwork a couple weeks ago and let us keep the Jeep until our departure. It worked out quite well to buy & sell a Jeep for our time there – certainly a lot cheaper and more convenient than renting one. She even gave us a ride to the ferry.
We were able to offload a good amount of the ‘stuff’ we acquired to a local consignment shop and to some friends embarking on full time sailing. So that left us with just having to pack and clean – sweet.
As a result, we got a lot of island touring done, visited beaches we hadn’t seen yet, did some geocaching, went out dancing to live music in the evenings and managed two sailing days (one over to the British Virgin Islands)!
We even had a camera man come film us for an upcoming Danish TV show on Digital Nomads.
We left St. John having felt we maximized our time there.
Even on our last full day on island, we were buying some Valley Doll Hot Sauce (locally made, and we’ve become addicted to it) to take back with us. The shop owner remarked:
‘You’re not tourists, are you? You have that relaxed Coral Bay feel to you…’
Yup, St. John fit us well, and Coral Bay was good for our souls. The locals could tell where we’d been the last few months.
After a long 18 hours of travel via Jeep, ferry, shuttle, plane, tram and car (Kiki is an amazing traveling cat!!), we’re now on the west coast of Florida just above Tampa visiting with Chris’ folks – who just bought their winter home.
Tomorrow we’ll head back to Orlando where our Oliver Travel Trailer has been stored for the winter, and we start the task of getting back on the road and heading to the east coast of Florida to spend time with my folks. That’ll wrap up April for us.
And nope.. we still have no clue what we’re doing come May.
(The post about us buying a condo on St. Thomas? That was an April’s Fools joke.)