Girls Weekend 2008 was FANTASTIC! We went to St. Thomas and then spent some time sailing and boating to all the various islands in the Caribbean. We were only there for 5 days and it was not nearly enough time. The Caribbean is so beautiful…everything looks like a post card. I think I could have stayed there forever. We were supposed to have rain everyday and were surrounded by hurricanes and tropical storms; however we did not get any rain during the day. The only time it rained was at night while we sleep. Everyday it was a gorgeous sunny 80 something degree day.
I had no idea what a rarity a girl’s weekend was, but everyone in St. Thomas seemed to be amazed by our yearly outing. The Girls Weekend gang is a group of about 8 of us who know each other from High School and college. We try to go some where fun every year and have been doing this for nearly 10 years. We did not have our Girls Weekend trip last year because it did not seem right to go without Julie, who was in the middle of fighting cancer. It seems a bit strange that the person who started girl’s weekend can no longer go with us. I will say this was one of the few trips where NO ONE was pregnant. J The responsibility of planning girl’s weekend rotates among the gang and this year’s trip was planned by Janene. I have to say, I think St. Thomas was by far the best location we have ever been. We had a smaller crew this year but we still had a fantastic time. We missed those of you who couldn’t make it.
Here is a little recap with pictures of our Trip.
Day 2 we decided to take a half day sail to St. John and go snorkeling. We had a wonderful time. The crew was fantastic (and easy on the eyes!) I LOVE snorkeling…I can’t get enough of seeing all the fish. I saw a sea turtle..that was really cool. Irma doesn’t like to snorkel and just pretends the ocean is really a big pool with NO animals at all in it. J
Day 3 we had a spa and pool day. At the hotel there are Iguana’s that just wandered around freely at the pool. It was pretty cool. That night we went to dinner with my Cousin Tony (who is a boat captain living in St. John) and his new wife Zia. It was fantastic. Zia met up with us first at Duffy’s Love Shack (it is basically a shack in the middle of a parking lot). Zia walked up and said, “Excuse me…are you ladies from Texas?” Hmmm, how could you tell? Was it because we were the only ones dressed up to go to an open air bar in the middle of a parking lot?
Me with Tony & Zia
The Pool at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort
Day 4 we decided to take a full day boating excursion to see the British Virgin Islands. When we started the morning off we were told that we needed to order lunch now, so it would be ready when we arrive at Marina Cay (to keep us on schedule). Now lunch was going to be at a bar on an Island…not much us there…just this bar. So Janene decides to ask our crew if they know what the Soup of The Day is at this bar. Of course they don’t. So then Janene does the bravest thing I have ever seen…she says, “I’ll take the Soup of the Day.” J Needless to say we all had a good laugh when her soup of the day turned out to look like gerber baby food and was actually warm carrot and orange soup. Yes, Janene was starving by the time we had dinner.
On our boat tour we went to Virgin Gorda to see the Baths . It was absolutely amazing. However, it was a good thing we did not know there would be hiking involved…Irma would have nixed it. She is a firm believer in not exercising or sweating on vacation. J The hike was well worth the view and the beaches.
One of the most famous spots for Photos in the Baths.
We went snorkeling at Monkey Point then on to the most beautiful beach I have ever seen at White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke . We went to the Soggy Dollar Bar and had a great time. I just could not get over how beautiful the water was.
Angie saving our valuables when returning from the Soggy Dollar Bar.
Day 5 – we relaxed and then started our trek back to the States.
Here are a few videos from the trip. You can see all our photos by clicking on My Photos on the right side of this blog.
Janene was brave enough to taste the strange fruit from the Cactus on our hike. She said it tasted good, but watch her face closely to see the truth.
The view from our sailboat
Watching the guys lift the sails so we can be on our way