Sint Maarten/Saint Martin Vacation 2004
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Saturday 12/18

Sunrise from the airplane window.

Sunday 12/19: Pic Paradis

Road ahead to Pic Paradis, the island's highest peak at 1,391 feet. This is the widest and flattest part of the road.

Pic Paradis

There were many clouds moving thru this day. Paul walking on the path.

Pic Paradis

There goes Paul up the path.

Pic Paradis

View from the path.

Pic Paradis

View of the Orleans Quarter.

Pic Paradis

View of the Orleans Quarter without cloud cover.

Pic Paradis

Close up view of the Orleans Quarter.

Pic Paradis

View of Bale Lucas (Lucas Bay).

Pic Paradis

View of Coconut Grove.

Pic Paradis

View of Coconut Grove.

Pic Paradis

View from the path looking over someone's driveway.

Pic Paradis

View from the path overlooking someone's driveway.

Pic Paradis

View from the path overlooking someone's driveway.

Pic Paradis

View of Marigot and Simpson Bay from the hairpin turn in the road.

Sunday 2/19: Flamingo Beach Resort

Fish in the water at the resort.

Flamingo Beach Resort

Mike in the water at the resort

Flamingo Beach Resort

Kathy in the water at the resort.

Flamingo Beach Resort

Kathy on the beach at the resort.

Flamingo Beach Resort

Kathy on the beach at the resort.

Sunday 12/19: Indiana Beach Restaurant

Paul and Gwen at our table in front of the stuffed tiger.

Monday 12/20: The Butterfly Farm

We visited the Butterfly farm on Monday and again on Friday. Butterfly pictures are from both days. Australian (Greater) Eggfly butterfly.

The Butterfly Farm: www.butterflyfarm.com

Caroniflambeau butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Clipper Blue butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Banded Peacock butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Mormon butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly. Very hard to capture on film with the wings open.

The Butterfly Farm

Kathy watching a Common Morpho butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly with closed wings.

The Butterfly Farm

Kathy with a Common Morpho butterfly.

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Common Morpho butterfly (on the leaf).

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified flora

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified flora

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified flora.

The Butterfly Farm

Giant Swallowtail butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Giant Swallowtail butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Great Orange Tip butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Large Tree Nymph butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Large Tree Nymph butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Large Tree Nymph butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Lemon Pansy butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Monarch butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Monarch caterpillar

The Butterfly Farm

Zebra Longwing butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Zebra Longwing butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly (suspect it's a mormon)

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly

The Butterfly Farm

Unidentified butterfly (probably a mormon)

Monday 12/20

On a 36 sq. mi. island you pass by the same intersection quite a bit. Here you can see a sign for the only McDonalds. Can't read the street sign? Check out the next picture.

Monday 12/20: Welfare Road

That's right, it's Welfare Road. Gwen and Paul live off of Welfare Road in Boerne, TX! They felt right at home on St. Martin.

Monday 12/20: Horseback riding: Lucky Stables

Cay Bay from horseback. Cay Bay is just one part of St. Martin that you can see in the movie Speed 2.

Horseback riding

Paul on horseback.

Horseback riding

Turn around spot. The guide checks the saddles.

Horseback riding

Ocean view from the horse's back.

Horseback riding

The guide leads us in a line. You can just see the ears of Mike's horse.

Horseback riding

Cay Bay from the horse's back.

Horseback riding

Heading down the path.

Horseback riding

View from the horse's back

Horseback riding

Taking a dip into the water with the horses.

Horseback riding

Swimming with the horses.

Horseback riding

Mike on his horse back at the stables.

Horseback riding

Paul and Gwen admire Mike on his horse.

Tuesday 12/21: Rhino Rider Safari

View of Bale de Marigot from the Rhino boat.

Rhino Rider Safari

Our guide, Carlo.

Rhino Rider Safari

Paul and Gwen in their two-passenger inflatable motorized watercraft.

Rhino Rider Safari

The boat ride takes you to Creole Rock where you get to snorkel. Unidentified fish.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea urchins at Creole Rock

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea life at Creole Rock.

Rhino Rider Safari

Sea urchins and fish at Creole Rock

Rhino Rider Safari

Rhino boats at Creole Rock area. Mike went to get more film. Alas, the batteries in the camera were dead. No more underwater pictures.

Tuesday 12/21: Flamingo Beach Resort

Mike and Kathy in the water at the resort.

Tuesday 12/21: Dinner Cruise

View of Pelican Marina with The Tango catamaran.

Dinner Cruise

Sunset from the catamaran.

Dinner Cruise

Mike and fellow "strong men" hoisting the sail on the catamaran The Lambada.

Dinner Cruise

Mike is the 2nd one back.

Dinner Cruise

The sail on The Lambada.

Dinner Cruise

Sunset

Dinner Cruise

Sunset.

Dinner Cruise

Sunset

Dinner Cruise

Sunset.

Dinner Cruise

Paul, Gwen, and Kathy on The Lambada dinner cruise.

Wednesday 12/22: Marigot

Kathy at the public market in Marigot.

Marigot

View of Fort St Louis from the market area.

Marigot

Close up view of Fort St. Louis from the market area.

Marigot

View of Marigot from the steps leading to Fort St. Louis.

Marigot

View of Marigot Bay from the steps leading to Fort St. Louis.

Marigot

At Fort St. Louis. In the distance you can see some Rhino boats.

Marigot

Panoramic view from Fort St. Louis

Marigot

Panoramic view from Fort St. Louis

Marigot

Panoramic view from Fort St. Louis.

Marigot

Panoramic view from Fort St. Louis

Marigot

Mike, Paul and Gwen looking at the view from Fort St. Louis.

Marigot

Close up view of some Rhino riders heading for Creole Rock.

Marigot

Shipwreck and Rhino riders.

Marigot

Mike at Fort St. Louis.

Marigot

The flag at Fort St. Louis

Marigot

Paul and Gwen at Fort St. Louis

Wednesday 12/22: Coconut Grove

Mike learning how to windsurf at Coconut Grove.

Windsurfing

Mike with windsurfing instructor.

Windsurfing

Mike learning how to windsurf.

Windsurfing

Mike with instructor.

Windsurfing

Last instructions about windsurfing.

Coconut Grove: Windsurfing

Mike windsurfing.

Coconut Grove: Windsurfing

Coconut Grove: Windsurfing

Coconut Grove: Windsurfing

Coconut Grove: Windurfing

Coconut Grove: Windsurfing

Coconut Grove

Mike relaxing after an hour of grueling windsurfing.

Wednesday 12/22: Turtle Pier Restaurant

A 2 pound lobster ready to become someone's dinner.

Flamingo Beach Resort

A lizard on the wall at the resort.

Thursday 12/23: Dawn Beach

Waiting for sunrise at Dawn Beach.

Dawn Beach

Paul waiting for the sun to rise.

Dawn Beach

Sunrise

Dawn Beach

Sunrise

Dawn Beach

Mike in the surf

Dawn Beach

Mike getting hit by the surf.

Dawn Beach

Mike in the water.

Dawn Beach

Last view of sunrise.

Dawn Beach

Ghost crab. I finally got one to stand still long enough to take a picture!

Thursday 12/23: Maho Beach

View of Maho Beach. This beach is at the end of the runway of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

Maho Beach

A small plane coming in to land.

Maho Beach

Same plane landing

Maho Beach

Another small plane coming in to land.

Maho Beach

Underside of a plane coming in to land.

Maho Beach

American Airlines flight arriving in St. Martin with many people watching.

Maho Beach

Close up of the American Airlines plane.

Maho Beach

Corsair plane coming in for a landing.

Maho Beach

Corsair plane flying over Mike.

Maho Beach

Corsair plane having landed at the airport.