Next we headed over to the Agave Terrace for dinner. We were not seated on the ocean side, but it was still wonderful. We were seated on a small courtyard, where we could watch geckos and hermit crabs playing on the rocks. We were also seated next to a wonderful steel pan player. He showed us his drum, which was handmade in Trinidad. The food was some of the best that I have ever eaten. Craig had a lobstertail stuffed with crab meat. I had crab cakes and chicken Coki, they tossed the salad at our table, and the salad contained grapefruit. They gave us chocolate truffles at the conclusion of our meal, and our waitress took our picture. We sat outside for quite a while near the restaurant, looking at the stars. The restaurant is named for the agave plant, which flowers once in its life (when it is 25 years old). It is then used as a Christmas tree.
On the drive back to the hotel, we saw fireworks coming from the Ritz. Once back at the room, we made
some vodka and lemonade drinks and wandered outside. We brought beach chairs down to the water and sat, soaking our toes and enjoying the peacefulness of the waves.
Then we went back to the hotel to change. We drove to Paradise Point in Charlotte Amalie to meet Marty (our friend from the internet). Paradise Point is gorgeous. There is a tram to get up there, and at happy hour, the tram ride is free. There are cheap well drinks (drinks without the premium alcohol), and they will bus you back down the mountain. We drove up on our own, however. We walked along a nature trail up there (and saw some nasty millipedes) and watched the cruise ships. There was a quick downpour. We met Party Marty arond 7:00. He introduced us to Lori, Tony, Chris, Suzanne, and Mike (who had recently played harmonica for Pine Top Perkins!) Marty introduced us to the preferred island drink: the Bushwhacker (it's all booze, except for the fresh nutmeg). We also did Jaegermeister shots. I ate a Hawaiian pizza, and Craig had wings.
We drove Marty back to his apartment so that he could pick up hius motorcycle. He had the coolest rock we have ever seen (a boulder in the living room). He also has a deck with a pool, jacuzzi, wet bar, TV, VCR, Nautilus, and a great view of Magen's Bay though we couldn't really see it because it was dark). We hung out there for a few, and then followed Marty back to Red Hook.
We went to Duffy's Love Shack for drinks. Most of the tables are in the parking lot, which is where we sat. Marty ordered the drinks: a Shark Tank (a 64 oz. fish bowl filled with blue alcohol. There are plastic skeletons floating in it, as well as a plastic shark that contains a shot), Zoom Zoom shooters (shot glasses attached to a plastic race car) and Love Potion Number Nine shots (in Duffy's souvinir shot glasses).
Then we went next door to the Poor Man's Bar. Marty ordered rum and Cokes. The bartender brought over three glasses of ice, two cans of Coke, and a bottle of rum. We got to make our own drinks! Then we rolled dice. If you win (best poker hand against the dealer), your drink is free. Otherwise you pay double. Marty and Craig drank free, and my drink cost $5 (still not bad...considering that was the "double" price!)
We ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Patriots game was even on (it figured that we were away the first Thanksgiving in memory when they had a game). And they were winning (at least while we were watching; they lost in the fourth quarter). We had the turkey dinner special, complete with stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and apple pie.
When we were done eating, most of the shops were closed. It was 3:45, and the shops really are governed by the cruise ship schedules. We went to the KMart in Tutu to peruse their acohol selection. We were back at te car looking for directions to the other KMart when a woman knocked on our window and asked if we needed directions. Everyone is so friendly! We went to the other KMart, and still having no luck, we went back to the hotel to watch sunset.
We went to the Wyndham Sugar Bay in search of the Turtle Rock Bar (and its famed nightlife). After parking the car and taking their shuttle, the driver didn't know of a Turtle Rock Bar (even though the sign listed it). He brought us to the Mangrove Restaurant. After an accidentally free drink, we decide to skip out on the Voodoo show. All we wanted were appetizers, but the Wyndham only offers all-inclusive meals. So we headed to Fungi's. It didn't look very happening, so we went back to the Agave Terrace. Everything was closing rather early due to the holiday (it was 9:25), so we were only able to sit at the bar. It was nice (overlooked the ocean). We ate delicious conch fritters with Bahamian cocktail sauce and sipped bushwhackers.
Some friendly local construction contractors gave us a ride in the back of their pickup. After they dropped us off, we walked for a ways. We saw a pig and piglets run across the road when called by a goat. Then some masons picked us up in the back of their pickup and drove us the rest of the way to Cruz Bay. We went into some shops and ate at Duffy's. The menu was the same as at its St. Thomas counterpart, but the service wasn't as good, and the atmosphere wasn't as rustic. It felt more like a Swiss Family Robinson tree house. I preferred the St. Thomas Duffy's. It was happy hour, so I got $1 well rum and Cokes and Craig had $1 Red Stripes. We had Sunset Burgers (which had carmelized onions, BBQ sauce, and cheddar). Our appetizer (which were brought after the meal) were chicken skewers with peanut sauce and nachos with Jamaican jerk chicken.
We caught the 5 pm ferry back to Red Hook. I stopped at Duffy's to buy a shirt (they were out of the one I wanted on St. John). Then we went back to Secret Harbour for sunset and took a swim.
We wanted to go to Willie T's to try to win a free T-shirt, but there was another storm. Marty sailed into it, and we were getting soaked and tossed around, so we turned back. We anchored off of Sandy Cay. It was beautiful. Gabriela and Chris were the only ones who got out of the boat. Then we went to Jost Van Dyke. We parked at a dock and went Foxy's Tamarind Bar. Foxy's is a bar/restaurant that is basically a roofed picnic grove. There are business cards, bathing suits, hats, etc. hanging from the ceiling. We ordered drinks and I had a bbq chicken sandwich. There was a nice gift shop where we bought shirts. We ran intoMarty's "brotha from anotha motha" Miles, who was also island-hopping that day. While we were eating, Foxy came out and sang and told jokes. He was hilarious. We ended up buying his CD. We then went a few bays over and anchored offshore of the Soggy Dollar Bar, where we drank their signature drink: the Painkiller. They had food there as well, but we didn't have anything. There was a ringtoss game attached to a tree, and there were several hammocks. It was a happening place.
On our way back to St. Thomas, we cranked classic rock and oldies (and a little salsa music as well) and cruised in the sunshine. Marty insisted that I steer the boat at one point, which was fun. When we got back to Red Hook (around 5pm), Marty, Craig and I ate at Bill's Texas Pit BBQ cart, at Marty's suggestion. The brisket was delicious! Gabriela got some Chinese food. The four of us then went to Duffy's and got "lei'd". (They give you a lei if you order a frozen drink, and we got bushwhackers). Then Craig had a beer and I had a Tiki God Rum Punch. Miles showed up there as well. After talking for quite a while and eating Gabriela's Starbursts, we drove Gabriela home at around 10:30 and
then went back to the hotel.
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