Brown Pelicans
Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Reef Bay Trail, St. John VI

A large portion of St. John is a national park.  The Reef Bay Trail in the park has been rated one of the ten best trails in the Caribbean.  It's a great deal of fun when you go on a guided Park Ranger tour.  The Park Service arranges for transportation to the top of the trail, provides a guide to the bottom of the trail and arranges for a boat to pick you up at the bottom!  No walking back uphill!

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Our transportation to the trail head.

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Our Park Ranger guide.

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Spider webs were everywhere on the way down.

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This plant can be used as a "Brillo pad".

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Lots of creepy crawly insects to avoid.

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Ruins from the days of the plantations.

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A few mushrooms.  Termites take care of most of the decaying materials, so there weren't that many mushrooms.

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Termites

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Waterfalls which had Petroglyphs below them.

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The Petroglyphs were where bats appear at night to drink.  It is believed that the islanders believed that the bats were angel like visitors.

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Mongooses were introduced to the Island to control rats.  However they are day hunters and ended up just being a second pest.

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The Park Service has to control their population, along with other introduced mammals such as donkeys, goats and deer.

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The Reef Bay Sugar Mill.

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After slavery was abolished, steam power was introduced without much success.

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Land Crabs

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Bats, the only native mammal on the island.

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At the bottom of the trail is a Salt Pond...

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and a nice beach area.

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If you bring a bathing suit, you can swim at the nice beach.

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The boat that takes you back to the Park Visitor's Center.