I want everyone to go here. I wish everyone to experience this beach, this natural beauty of a place on earth. “The Baths” is what it’s called on the British Island of Virgin Gorda. This Island is the third largest of the Virgin Islands.
An unusual geologic formation on a beach is unexpected. I was so in awe of this place that I had to spend a second day here. Volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. You get it all here; caves, turquoise water, granite rocks, snorkel heaven, and a private beach that you can practically have to yourself if you work your way through the caves. It’s called the Devils Bay. It was my bay for the day.
I’ve been wanting to go the the Virgin Islands ever since my best friend (Anna Schmidt, who is still my best friend) handed over with tan hands a postcard of St. Thomas. We were only 19 years old at the time. She and her father had just gotten back from there. I’ll never forget sitting on her bed (in our college town of Stillwater, Ok) as I held the image of the Islands pristine waters in my hands. I knew then, at that moment that I would be there one day. The time is now.
I leave this weekend upon an adventure that I have dreamed of doing for 20 years now. I will be sailing to the remote Islands of The Dogs. The Dog Islands are considered the northern gateway to the Virgin’s Gangway or Sir Francis Drake Channel. Managed by the BVI National Park Trust, they consist of the three Seal Dogs, George Dog, West Dog, Great Dog and, of course, little Cockroach Island should be considered a Dog Island also. I thought these Islands were well suited for me.