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Yikes: Pirate Spotted in the British Virgin Islands


 Not too long ago I was hanging out in Hong Kong with my son and new daughter-in-law, meeting her extended family and celebrating their marriage.  At one point in the week, Justin asked me, “Well, Mom, how do you like Hong Kong? Is this a place you’d like to come back to repeatedly?”

Hard for me to answer.  I mostly enjoy going to new places.  In fact, the tag line on my email quotes photographer Diane Arbus, who said, “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been before.”

If you’ve read my blog “Traveling with a two-year old” you might recall the reference to “The bear went over the mountain….to see what he could see.”

That song nails the way I feel.

Justin’s question got me to thinking about the places I do like to return to again and again–Chicago, New York and Paris.  And the British Virgin Islands.


 WooHoo!  They are the best.  I’ve made five trips there and am already looking at the calendar to schedule another.

The BVI’s are truly a vacation,  a sailor’s paradise, a place to relax, unwind, enjoy and savor really memorable moments. For me, it’s not a place to explore or delve into culture and history unless you are interested in the finer points of Pusser’s Rum or where Painkiller got its name.

Chatting with sailing friends, nurturing relationships and creating memories are what it is all about. Laughing and singing and loving the Happy Arrrgghh with one-man band–Pirate Michael Beans who performed at Leverick Bay Resort.    It’s a place to spend hours basically going in circles on the beautiful blue/green Caribbean water, eating fish caught that day and napping with a book.

I’m always reminded of a favorite Kurt Vonnegut quote, “The wrinkles are smoothed out of the brain at the edge of a body of water.”

For more about the BVI’s, click on this link.  Or simply enjoy the sampling of scenes–photos I took on a recent trip.  For a visual, water loving person like me, it’s the BEST.






























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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Mar 10, 2013 Reply

    Well said my sailing friend. Thanks for sharing the lovely images and reminding me what a special place this is!

    • posted by
      Mar 10, 2013 Reply

      Thank you.

  2. posted by
    Margaret Idema
    Mar 10, 2013 Reply

    Susan, you’ve really captured what the BVI’s are all about. in your expose and photos. And if the boat “Degrees of Freedom” in one of the photos was YOUR boat for the week, well then, I’d say you found MANY degrees of freedom on your week’s sojourn.

    • posted by
      Mar 10, 2013 Reply

      Thanks, Margaret. And yes, Degrees of Freedom was the boat we chartered. Appropriate.

  3. posted by
    Mar 10, 2013 Reply

    Your thoughts about BVI remind me of the peace and calm I experience being on or near the water. Your pictures and words take me back to the lake. Thank you for that!

  4. posted by
    Mar 13, 2013 Reply

    Simply put, I’m a little jealous.

  5. posted by
    Dec 15, 2015 Reply

    Love your pictures! It has now become my mission to check out the “Virgin Gorda Elderly Home” for my final destination!!

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