This blog is devoted to the geology, climate, plant life and history associated with the various hiking trails of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. When I walk, I like to know as much as possible about nature along the trails I am walking and I love to share that information with everybody. I give guided tours as we hike the trails in those areas I know the best. Where I don’t know about the history or botany of an area, I do not feel comfortable leading a group in that area although I do post the pictures from all my exploratory walks in every area on my Facebook page.
I love the dry east end of the island because the history of subsistence farming by both Neo Indians and Europeans is not well understood. The limiting factor for both groups was water, yet settlers from both groups occupied the dry east end and tried to make a go of it with the Indians succeeding for 1500 years and the Europeans only having intermittent success.
To present all this information, I have drawn upon field work in Geology, Archeology, Botany, History and Culture. For the most part, all of this information has been written from European documents and perspectives so errors are inevitable. If you find any which are either errors in fact or errors in interpretation, please open a discussion in the comment section and I will double-check my facts or perspective if rational thought dictates either. And trust me I do make mistakes so I look forward to your inputs.
Most (but not all) of these trails are well-marked and you don’t really need a guided tour if all you are looking to do is go for a stroll in the park and you have no interest to learn about what you are looking at. If you study this website and have a good memory, you will get a good idea of what you are looking at and could do it on your own. However, if you really want to make the earth come alive, then Hike St. Croix with Poppa John.
Welcome to paradise even if it is only a vicarious cyber visit.