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Church & Friends at Coki Beach – St. Thomas 2015

Sunday church at Holy Family in Tutu

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 – Day 27 of 36 On our way to church this morning, we stopped in Smith Bay for me to take a picture of the mailboxes. Seems like such a dumb thing to do, but it a symbol of how drastically different it is here in St. Thomas and the U.S. Virgin Islands compared to our lives back home in the Chicago suburbs. This mailbox setup would never fly in our subdivision!

The girls didn’t do too bad in church today. Sissy had a small bout of crabbiness, but it was nothing a few fruit snacks and beef jerky sticks couldn’t handle.

Mailboxes in Smith Bay St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 25 January 2015
The mailboxes in Smith Bay.

Sissy eating a beef jerky stick at church in St. Thomas, USVI 25 January 2015
Sissy eating a beef jerky stick at church.

A day with our new friends at Coki Beach

Coki Beach was extremely busy today. We were meeting our new friends from Sapphire Beach at noon, but were having some trouble finding them. Luckily, the dad texted us to tell us that he was down at the other end, opposite the end we usually stay at. We walked down that way and found a spot to drop our gear. All of a sudden, a nice woman interrupted us and asked “Are you Tiffany and Jeremy?” It was our friend’s mother/wife. I guess we were easy to pick out of a crowd with the girls’ matching outfits, sunglasses, and hats. Her husband had taken their daughter out into the water to feed the fish so he told her to watch for us.

We spent the rest of the day letting the girls play again with their new friend. Again, they had a blast. We had a nice time talking to them about the islands and each of our lives and travel situations.

I had an awesome time feeding the fish with the girls. We had a loaf of French bread that took a turn for the worst (hardened up – still edible) in our fridge, so I brought it with us today specifically to feed the fish. Funny enough, I looked over at Bug a few times and she was feeding herself more than she was feeding the fish. This time I actually fed the fish directly from my hand. I made a video of it, but will have to post it at a later date. Parrot fish and Sergeant Majors were swarming us to get a piece of the bread.

One of the ships in today was from the Massachusetts Merchant Marine. There were a lot of young guys on the beach today. Most of them were probably 18-21 years old. Many of them were quite rowdy, a lot of swearing, obnoxiously drunk, so it wasn’t the typical Coki Beach vibe that we’ve grown to love. Glad they’re only here for a day!

Later in the evening, our friends packed up to head back to their boat. We had a great time talking to them and the girls had a lot of fun with their daughter, so we made plans to meet up with them for lunch on Tuesday at our condo. Their little girl, Sophia, is excited to be able to swim in our pool with the girls. They also invited us to sail back with them from St. John on Wednesday if the weather is good.

Bug loving Coki Beach, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 25 January 2015
Bug loving Coki Beach.

Bug and Sissy feeding the fish at Coki Beach, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 25 January 2015
Bug and Sissy feeding the fish.

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School of Sergeant Majors and Parrot Fish.

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The view above the water.

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Floating amongst the fish.

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The water was so clear you could see our shadows on the bottom.

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Feeding the fish out of my hand.

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Sissy with her mermaids.

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Bug wearing Tiff’s new hat.

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“Let it go!”

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Happy Hour meal from Web

After our friends left, we ordered a chicken wrap and fries from our friend Web for our happy hour dinner. We first met Web back in 2010 and have seen him quite a bit on this trip.

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Chicken wrap with fries.

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Winding down the evening at Coki Beach

Once the sun started going down, we packed up our beach gear and walked back toward the other end of the beach. We met a nice group of people from North Carolina and talked to them while the girls ran back and forth up the beach. We got to see Ms. Pearl again one more time before we left.

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Sissy loves the Kmart potato chips.

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Bug found a “bracelet” (piece of plastic).

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Dancing with mom!

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“It wasn’t me!”

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Another reverse-sunset.

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Bug has some good moves already.

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Always some of the last people to leave the beach. We can’t get enough of it!

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