St Thomas 2020
Day 8: Sunday, July 26
Parasailing, snorkeling Sapphire and a little adventure trip...
Up at the crack of dawn again and didn't sleep well. Once again, we were going to try to go parasailing. We really wasn't having much luck with it. The winds had really been high most of the time we were here and the only time I seen any parasailing out there during the late afternoon was either the first day we were here or sometime during the morning hours. I have to say the guys over there kept in good contact with me and never once tried to charge my card for it during this entire mess. They kept saying "we'll try again tomorrow".
So, yesterday we were looking online to see what they had available. I decided to call them and ask if maybe it would be better if we picked a morning (around noon) slot because they seem to be going out early and it's just as the day goes by the wind gets angry or it rains. They said that would probably be worth a shot.
I looked online and decided to pick an 11am spot instead. Then I noticed that if you book online it's actually cheaper...so that's what I did.
During our entire stay Billy kept saying how nice it was there and he knew that a majority of the condo's were rentals. He said it sure would be nice to buy one of these and come often and then rent it out, like others do, for income when we're not there. He kept saying the whole week "we should both go in on one and buy it". I'm honestly not sure how he thinks that would work since most really do not have actual bedrooms (or they built a wall around the only bedroom but it's still the same size) and even the 2 story ones have a bedroom upstairs but not one downstairs, would we all fit?? I surely don't want to stay cooped up in a small place like that with both of our families for any extended period of time. Unless...we planned on going at different times and we all know that Kendra can't plan anything by herself and they all depend on me for every entire journey we take.
So, the hubby and I spent our morning on the balcony and we both started looking up places for sale here. I messaged Billy like here's your price....only $673,500 you got half right? He couldn't believe it! It was located in the same building they were in and on the bottom floor. Of course I had to show him the most expensive one I had found and then I worked my way down in pricing. $430k then $335k, $330k, and the cheapest one I found was $255k and on the marina (which I wouldn't want). You could get a cheaper place over at Crystal Cove next door or even the places up on the hill, but I would never spend my money on a place that just didn't satisfy me for a vacation much less to have it as my own.
Now everyone in the family (except me) were getting ate up during this stay. No clue if they were the no seeums or mosquito's or what. Bumps would randomly pop up all over them and they said they itched. The hubby said he did see a few of "them" on his legs but he didn't know what type of bug it was. I just know they were ate up all over their body. Here's the hubby's foot. I wonder why I never got not one bite the entire 2 weeks we were there? Maybe they decided I had endured enough and left me alone.
The beautiful sunrise this morning bouncing off the clouds.
I decided to make a little breakfast for the fam...
Then it was back out to the balcony to relax, people and iguana watch, enjoy the scenery, and I SPOTTED THE PARASAILING BOAT OUT THERE! I was excited to see it. That meant so far they were running. I would continue to watch it all morning and updating Kendra that things were looking good for us and it was still out there. Then all of a sudden, I didn't see it anymore. I told her about it. We had hoped that this only meant they didn't have a booking at that time. Then Kendra spots it from her balcony, really far away by St John. Oh yea, I completely forgot that they throw in a few St John times during the day. Whew!
It was almost 11 and we headed over to the marina. It looked like this was really going to happen for us today! We were all so excited.
A pelican was waiting for our arrival and it was time to board the "Just Chute Me" boat. We also had another couple with us for this trip.
It didn't take long and we were off. As we went along, we started gearing up with our life jackets and he came around and put on our harness. It looked like we were going first! Yikes! (Not really, we were all excited and not nervous at all ... but I guess we were the guinea pigs). He said "We haven't lost anyone yet today. Wait, I think this is how you put them together, I watched the youtube video". LOL He was funny.
They had the hubby go first, then Sakari and then it was my turn. Sit down and slide along into the harness...only my slide consisted of my bathing suit shorts sliiiiiding dooooown! Oops. I wiggled and wiggled trying to get them back up the best I could.
And then it was lift off time...
I had given Kendra my other camera so that she could take pictures from down below. See, it's always good to have an extra camera for things like this. Although I have to say, she really didn't take many pictures while we were up there. She's definitely not my child. Maybe she should have given it to Kam instead. I know I can count on Kam to take plenty.
Ok, so about the parasailing experience...OH EM GEE! It was AMAZING! Gliding in the air so high up and seeing everything down below. I never wanted to come down. It was SO peaceful up there. Sakari said she felt like a bird and loved it! She giggled with excitement and said "hello" and waved to the paraglider down below us. You could tell she was having a great time and it's something that she has always wanted to do.
Meanwhile, Kendra and the crew were getting geared up too.
I slowly felt us turning and going down...here we go, it was time for the big dip in the ocean. The part I had dreaded. I had ask about this and was assured it was a gentle dip and I would be fine with my leg. If I didn't want to dip, they wouldn't do it but I didn't want to take that experience away from Sakari so we were dipping! If this event was going to take me out...it was going to take me out having fun! What can I say? My adventurous side was coming out. I just can't stand the thought of not being able to do things that I would normally do!
Down, down, down we went. My husband started yelling "Hold your leg up Kim!" I kinda tucked it up under me and figured that would be better than holding it up. Holding it up would cause the waves to push against it. Tucking would flow with the leg.
I did it! I was in the clear! No pain at all. It was so much fun and felt so good. I was proud of myself. I had accomplished something I have always wanted to do but something had always came in the way of us doing it (and despite all the failed attempts while we were here, we was able to check something off the bucket list. But shhh, I'm adding it back on the bucket list because it was so much fun and I wanna do it again!)
We came back in and had a decent landing...once again "lift your feet". They told us to scoot over to the steps and I took that opportunity to drag my butt like a dog does to get my swimming shorts back up and hopefully no one noticed.
Billy was up first and then Brayden. When it was Kendra's turn, she came over and ask Kam one last time if she wanted to do it and she said no and hung onto me and said "no, no, no!" Kendra handed me her phone and said "btw, you're on facebook live right now so keep it going" LOL She was testing my skills of being able to hold her phone up during the entire flight AND take pictures and video's from my camera.
UP, UP, AND AWAY!!! They were up in the sky and floating high! The song comes on "Sending out an SOS" LOL Perfect!
See those skills I have in the pic below?? :D