40 years ago, I began coming to St John annually with my parents, who had a condo on St. Thomas, long before there was a K Mart. When I was 15, a friend of mine and I rented a Sunfish at Red Hook for $3.00 and sailed it to Salomon Beach and back, my hands bloody and blistered. We hiked into the bush, not knowing where we were going, among bird calls and Gongolos, to the smiling faces who greeted us in a dusty and peaceful town - I was hooked. When life permitted, I continued the tradition with my own family, and now live part-time in St Quacco with my wonderful husband, George. I started working with the Friends of the National Park volunteer trail crew from its inception and was a docent at Annaberg. I am a gardener, a naturalist, a hiker and the luckiest woman on Earth.