Get Outdoors: Hiking on St. John – Ram’s Head

This islander has never been an outdoorsy girl. My mom says that after bringing home a T-Ball flyer from kindergarten and expressing interest, she told me how dirty I could get outside and I changed my mind about T-Ball. I don’t go camping. I don’t LIKE to get dirty outside. But living on an island has decreased my disapproval of the outdoors and increased my curiosity in seeing new things outside. Granted, I still don’t camp, but I will spend an afternoon tromping around on rocks for a killer view. So that’s what we did yesterday!

More than 60% of St. John is designated as a national park, so there are many hiking trails to explore. I’ve been wanting to visit Ram’s Head for a while, so we convinced A & M to hike it with us. In the middle of the day. In one of the hottest months of the Caribbean. Onward!

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Start of the hike: great views of the Caribbean Sea

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First lookout: Blue Cobblestone Beach

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Smooth rocks, coral and driftwood cover the length of this beach. We did a few extra laps because we wanted a good workout we couldn’t find where the trail picked back up at the end of the beach.

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Iowa girl turned island hiker.

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At the peak, views of the BVI in the distance remind you how small you are.

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Beautiful panoramic view that A captured.

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Dan representing Iowa State on the southernmost point of St. John.

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I love these two goofballs.

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I also love encountering STJ wildlife! The donkeys are the best. That being said, we also saw goats, deer and mongoose on our trip to the trailhead. It was a regular safari.

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No hike is complete without a cocktail. This Paloma was enjoyed at Longboard, and is made of tequila, lime and house-made grapefruit soda.

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2 thoughts on “Get Outdoors: Hiking on St. John – Ram’s Head

  1. Glad Daniel represented Iowa State in STJ!
    I’m glad you listened when I told you about T-ball. I knew it was something you would not like and I would not like sitting on those hard bleachers in the hot sun! Nothing wrong with not getting dirty and not camping!!

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