January 6, 2010

a quiet day in Tortola

We docked early in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This port was the least busiest of the other ports of call. Our shore excursion here was at 8 a.m. so we were out at the promenade deck before sunrise. The view was incredible, very calm with only a few sailboats passing by. We signed up to go on a morning hike to Sage Mountain National Park followed by a beach break. Our ship was scheduled to leave the port by 1 p.m. that day so our time at the excursion was limited. The hike in the rainforest was very interesting and not extremely tiring. From there, we continued to drive downhill to the beach. It was very laid back and relaxing. It was our first visit to the British Virgin Islands but hopefully not our last.

(1) a peaceful morning in Tortola (2) the view of the mountains and a few buildings from the ship (3) a secluded cove at the beach (4) my quiet spot at the beach was a perfect place for a nap (5) shiny rocks piled on the beach sand (6) exotic coco plums grow around Sage Mountain (7) lush elephant ear philodendron at the Sage Mountain National Park.

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