Monday, January 3, 2011

Water Island Run

I had been working at the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida but the job shut down for the holidays so they flew me back to St Thomas for the break. Sure was nice to be warm and in shorts full time! I am not overly fond of St Thomas but I really enjoy a 40 minute run I do on Water island. I take the dinghy to the ferry dock and run down the island to Fort Segauro and back.
During WWII there was a submarine base on St. Thomas. The harbor needed protection so two gun emplacements were constructed at the southern tip of Water Island. The war ended before the guns were installed but most of the infrastructure was completed. It is now part of the Virgin Islands park system.

The run itself is mostly uphill going out and easier on the return. A nice view is the reward on a clear day.St. Croix(40 miles away), Culebra(Spanish Virgins) and Vieques are visible.

 On the run, a view of Honeymoon Beach(Druick Bay) the boat is left over from EARL.
 Some of the local wild life I run into once and awhile
 The observation post above the emplacements. Looks like the Second World War.
 View from the Observation post
 Where the gun would have been installed
 Tunnel entrance
 The tunnels run all over under the observation post. They also connect to another gun emplacement.
The trail to the guns.

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