My quest to visit all 59 National Parks has taken many twists and turns. I didn’t know I was going to get a chance to visit the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John this year. I had a last minute opportunity to go so I jumped on the chance and took a flight over to St. Thomas then the ferry to St. John. The Virgin Islands National Park takes up the majority of St. John. This has limited the number of hotels and tourists on the island.
I bounce up and down in my airline seat. I can’t wait to land on the Caribbean Island of Dominica. I am excited because while on Dominica I am going to get my PADI Open water Diver Certification. It is the first time I have been to the Caribbean since I discover SCUBA diving on our previous trip to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. I have been looking forward to this trip for months.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire, Leeward Antilles. My parents rented a car and we spent several days exploring the rough terrain of the Slagbaai as well as snorkeling in the Bonaire National Marine Park. From the high-water mark to 200 ft deep is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. The best snorkeling on the island is on the southwest lee side of the island. The brackish water of the low elevation lagoons attract the famous pink American flamingos. Bonaire has a donkey population introduced by the early Europeans. The island is also home ot the vulnerable Yellow-shouldered Amazon.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels. Today’s Photo Thursday is from the island of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. It was a windy day so the waves were large. My family and I hiked out past the lighthouse on the northern tip of the island. As we approached the end of the trail, we were greeted with this view of the coastline and sea. This short trail is located just past the island’s lighthouse.