recent "Frugal Friday" post, then you may not know that Ken and I are "running away"! Unfortunately we're not running away for good just yet, but we will run away for seven days. We're flying to St. Thomas soon, and we are so excited!
It seems that everything has been a crazy blur of ups and downs since Thanksgiving. In the past 3 months Ken and I have not only squeezed in all that goes with the holidays, but also a good friend's funeral, a high school reunion of our own and a house full of friends due to the funeral, a heated 3-week confrontation with our now evicted tenant, multiple trips to court due to deadbeat tenant, repairs and cleaning of rental house, applications and showings for new tenant (think we found a good one), Mardi Gras, a visit from Ken's dad ... whew! On top of that, less than 48 hours ago we were notified that we're about to have another vacant rental, and poor Ken has literally been working 6-7 days a week (other than Mardi Gras break) for the past 2 months. He's exhausted!
So, this vacation is long overdue and very much needed! In fact, we haven't had a real vacation in almost three years! Our last vacation was in Hawaii, where we we renewed our vows for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was fantastic, and it gave us the "bug" to go cruising on a sailboat.
What's really weird is when I recently shopped at Goodwill for Mardi Gras costumes, I noticed a bright green "St. Thomas, USVI" shirt. I bought it, and told Ken that the shirt was my size and it was my inspiration for the day we eventually arrived on St. Thomas. I had no idea that we'd be booking a vacation to St. Thomas just a few weeks later!
We'll be staying at the Sugar Bay Resort, and best of all it's all-inclusive. We'll be able to eat, drink (alcohol too), snorkel, paddle board, and sail on a little boat for free! Even better, this trip was "almost free" (we tell how in our Frugal Friday post) and we won't need to bring a lot of money with us. We do plan on taking a ferry to St. John for a day or two, and also to Jost Van Dyke for a day as well. The ferry is a lot less expensive than a chartered sailboat! We've got to snorkel in Trunk Bay on St. John, and how could we be on Jost without visiting the Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy's, and the Bubbly Pools?! Oh, and windsurfing is something I really wanna do. Forget the big bucks on lessons, I'll pay the $25-$30 for one hour of making a fool of myself on my own!
You can bet that I'll be busy surfing the internet for all the info I can find on the Virgin Islands. I'm so glad we're staying six nights, cause I'm already wishing we could stay longer. I wanna see it all! Oh well, we'll catch the other stuff in a couple of years on our sailboat.
We'd love to hear from you about your experiences and/or suggestions about the Virgin Islands. Just remember, we're frugal and on a tight budget! =)
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!