Posts Categorized: VI Tales

Shipwrecks and Treasure and Pirates, Oh My!

Pirate Jean Hamelin St. Thomas Treasure Museum

The Virgin Islands is a paradise not only full of beauty but also an alluring history. Just below the surface of our ever changing sand and unbelievably blue waters is the story of square riggers battling for their crown, pirates trading goods and hiding in the protection of promises made by corrupt governors of St…. Read more »

The Macabre Parable of the Island Tiny House Craze

Virgin Island Tiny Home

The tiny house craze seems to have enveloped the Virgin Islands and the joke about tiny houses and their rentability just keeps getting bigger. Stained Glass Irene, who is almost always right, told me never to relate this following true tiny house story in print. Did I listen to her? Nope. This tale is macabre… Read more »

The Low Down on Low Key Watersports – 31 Years of Extraordinary Scuba Diving

Low Key Watersports

When Bob Shinners imagines the movie of his life it opens with him as a young man standing on a Milwaukee bridge in a thick parka. He climbs the safety rail, closes his eyes, and jumps. As he plunges into the icy water, his steel toed boots and heavy winter clothes suck him into the… Read more »

The Real Carolyn Goodlander – A Peek Behind the Curtain of Fatty’s Empire

Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander

Carolyn Goodlander is truly a woman of the world. When I met with Carolyn to share lunch and words at the Cruz Bay Landing on St. John, she had just returned from her third circumnavigation aboard the sailboat home she shares with her writer husband Captain Fatty Goodlander, the editor-at-large at Cruising World Magazine, author… Read more »

What Kind of Sailor Are You, Yachtie or Cruiser?

Virgin Islands Sailing

Lots of cruising sailors wash over the collective bow of St. John. Many are capable and navigate the Sir Francis Drake Channel like it was a lake. Others fall into the category of quirky and fade quickly from memory. Others just stick because they are so real. John St. John is one cruiser that I… Read more »

What You Want to Know but Are Afraid to Ask About the Virgin Islands

Too much sun

Virgin Island transplants get a lot of questions. Most are easily answered with, “The beach is that way,” or “You know, working hard, mom.” Another type of question, that is not so simply answered, revolves around moving to the islands. If you already live here, these queries come from cyberspace like meteors. You’ve got mail… Read more »

What It Was like Living on St. John 100 Years Ago – Folk Life Festival

Folk Life Festival Virgin Islands

In an age of unlimited streaming movies, music and video games, how do we convince the next generation that folk ways have value and beauty? When any product we dream of is mass produced, available and affordable, why keep oral storytelling, boat building, basketry, herb lore, woodwork and sewing alive? These questions can be answered… Read more »

Chasing Hurricanes – Surfing in the Virgin Islands

Surfing Virgin Islands

The story of surfing in the Virgin Islands is an exciting one. This might be hard to believe if you’ve spent any time on one of the VI’s world famous beaches. The gentle ripples on tranquil turquoise bays don’t bring to mind the incredible thrill of cutting down the face of a ten foot wave…. Read more »

Share Your VI Story in a Blog Post

What about you? Yes You! We invite You reader, to connect with us and share your VI stories, tips or comments on this blog too! Whether or not you live here, have been here or were born here, your experiences matter. They are authentic and personal and that’s what this blog is supposed to be about. Read more »