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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

March 19, 2010

Island Car Pool

I dropped a friend off on the East End of the island today and spent a few quiet hours sweltering at the Elysian Beach. The breeze has died here over the past couple of days and it is quite hot. On the way back, I took the North Side of the island. When I lived here years ago, I used to love the sunrise drive to the marina each morning that took me down Cassi Hill. It was always one of my favorite things.

This time though, I’m headed up. I make the sharp right at the goats and then start the meandering drive. There are few traditional road markers here but I know my way and don’t hesitate. I pass slower cars on the straightaway in front of Hometown. As I reach the hill at Mafolie, I start to feel the temperature drop with each kilometer I climb and I relish the cooling breeze. Each turn reveals a different but equally breathtaking view. From up here, you can see Hans Lollick and the BVIs to the North and the Harbour view to the South. My I am going from one end of the island to the other so I continue on through Four Corners, past Friendly’s and Nidal’s, and finally see the clue I’m looking for.
The little red devil that marks the entrance to the jungly road that will take me to my not new but still temporary home. I am so thankful for my friends here. Though definitely a bit on the crazy side, they are the funniest, kindest, and most generous people I have ever met. So here I am now, at the top of Crown Mountain... ahhhh. What a commute! I always said that if you could take Austin and put it on this island that I would never leave. Unfortunately, that will not happen unless the islands really do start moving around (LOL) and make their way towards towards the Lone Star State. For now, I am here and content.

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