Author Archives: John Boyd

About John Boyd

I have been hiking the hills and beaches of St. Croix Virgin Islands for over 30 years and in retirement have decided to become a Heritage Hiking Guide specializing in the local history, geology, settlers, plant life and environmental changes by all settlers of the last 2000 years but just along the trails I hike.

Working on a Book.

Well it’s been a busy year so far and I can’t believe almost 6 weeks have passed since since my excessive New Year’s Celebration. So far this year, I have averaged about 3.5 miles per day and covered 144 miles … Continue reading

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Beautiful and Deadly

In antiquity, poisons were valued for their utilitarian value in hunting fishing and even for preserving life. Just as many of our modern drugs will kill from an overdose, plants the we recognize as poisons were probably used, in greatly … Continue reading

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On Judith’s Hill, A Backyard Cure for Diabetes

The biodiversity of plants on St. Croix are a record of all of the various groups who have occupied the island. There are plants from the Mayan Peninsula of Central America, the Orinoco river of South America, the European Colonizers, … Continue reading

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Flowers for Sailors

When humans started sailing the seven seas 50,000 years ago, a raft was probably the only flotation they had at their disposal, yet they made it from Africa to Australia probably by island hopping. Still, the unique mode of transportation … Continue reading

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A Backyard Cure for Cancer

Catharanthus roseus Periwinkle grows on all six inhabited continents. It has been cultivated for herbal medicine and as an ornamental plant all around the world. In Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine) the extracts of its roots and shoots, though poisonous, are … Continue reading

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The Hike at Judith’s Hill

I started hiking on Judith’s Hill almost as soon as I purchased my house in 2000. The whole family would join me on these hikes and our prime purpose was recreational during family vacations.  The principle attraction to this barren … Continue reading

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Sugarloaf Hill, Goat Hills and St. Croix’s East End Park System.

The only thing rarer than meeting other hikers in this area of St. Croix is getting rain on a hike. This rugged area is generally avoided by most visitors and locals except for a quick ride up the hill to … Continue reading

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Walking with Wonder & A Long Healthy Life Free of Alzheimer’s

After my first three years of marriage (1969), I started gaining weight and my children pretty much loved me the way I was, which was somewhere around 235 pounds. At 5 foot 8 inches that gives a Body Mass Index … Continue reading

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My portrait by David Berg in the National Park Service Art Show at Salt River

My portrait by David Berg in the National Park Service Art Show at Salt River My family was out for a walk and we met and merged groups with David Berg and his cousin and had fun.  I guess he … Continue reading

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Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Sandy Point is one of five pristine beaches I have walked in the past year and it is one of the most accessible ones. I am not sure why St. Croix is not famous for our beaches because I have … Continue reading

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