Hermit Crab Races

I, Zeb the Duck, and my Alaska cousin are constantly surprised.  At Bluebeards Beach Club in St. Thomas, we watched hermit crab races.  It was fun and completely harmless to the crabs.

A round table was put near the bar.  Then the guys scattered rocks on the table, for an obstacle course.

Preparing table

Preparing table

A container with 5 hermit crabs was brought out.  Each crab had a different color on its back.

Hermit crabs waiting

Hermit crabs waiting

The colors were red, orange, blue, green and yellow.

Five people each paid $5 to be represented by the crab.  Of course mom and my Alaska uncle each paid $5.   They each took a paper from another bowl.  The color on their paper identified their lucky crab.

The crabs were placed in the center of the table with a pitcher over them. At the designated time the pitcher was removed and the crabs started moving.

Crabs begin moving

Crabs begin moving

The first crab to reach the edge of the table (any direction) was the winner.  Mom and Alaska did not win.  But it was fun and a different thing to see.

The crabs rested about 15 minutes and then a second race started.  Again we paid $5 each and again we did not win.

Another 15-minute rest and then the third and final race.

Yellow crab wins!

Yellow crab wins!

Paid $5 each and did not win.  Surprising to us, the same girl won each race.  It was also her first time and she was very happy.

The winner of each race received the entire $25.  The resort does not keep anything.   The crabs are well cared for.  The crabs enjoy cat food.  This was a fun, silly and safe evening for all.

Iguanas are our new best friends

Iguanas look strange but they liked my Alaska cousin and me, Zeb the Duck.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

On St. Thomas we stayed at Bluebeard’s Beach Club.  That is where our iguana friends live.

Our first day at Bluebeard’s Beach Club, we explored the grounds.  We found iguanas.  Mom and my Alaska uncle put us on the ground to see if the iguanas were curious.

Ducks first view of iguana

Ducks first view of iguana

Yes they were!  One iguana raced toward us.

This is really close

This is really close

Getting closer.  We were a little (OK, a lot) nervous.  Oh!

Kissed by an iguana!

Kissed by an iguana!

We were kissed by an iguana!   Several seconds later, the iguana strutted away and we resumed breathing.

The iguana kisses and leaves

The iguana kisses and leaves

What an experience.

Our iguana friends patrolled the grassy areas, lounged by the pool and supervised the beach.  They liked the pool bar area and sometimes the employees awarded the iguanas with bread.

One morning, eating breakfast at the pool bar, mom felt a nudge on her heel.  Our iguana friend was begging.  Mom is a push over for animals, so Mr. Iguana devoured most of her toast.  Satisfied, he lumbered into the grass for a nap.

Often we would see our reptile friends climbing or descending a tree.

Iguanas like trees

Iguanas like trees

They liked all trees.  We watched them in palm trees and mango trees.  Other human resort guests liked to watch the iguanas.  We were glad they were at our resort, but please, no more kissing.

Kissed by this iguana

Kissed by this iguana

Bluebeard’s Beach Club in St Thomas

Alaska cousin and I, Zeb the Duck rode on another airplane.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

We left St. Maarten and soon landed in St. Thomas.  We are now in the US Virgin Islands, so after landing we went through US immigration and customs.  Then a taxi to Bluebeard’s Beach Club Resort.

Our new condo at Bluebeard’s Beach Club in St. Thomas is great.  We are on the top floor and we have a bedroom upstairs in a loft.  Great view of beach from here.  We have a private beach.  No other condos or hotels near us.  So much room just for us.   We really like this place.  But there are lots of stairs to go everywhere.

We have a couple types of cranes here.  Gray cranes

One of our cranes

One of our cranes

and white cranes.

Our white crane

Our white crane

We also have lots of iguanas.  But I will have an entire day dedicated to our iguanas.  By this bridge, we have a protected crab village.

Our resort protects crabs

Our resort protects crabs

We like humans that care about animals.

Our pool has a snack bar and a swim up bar.

Our pool

Our pool

We come here for breakfast every morning.  Monday evenings an Italian buffet is brought in for us.  We like spaghetti.   Friday was BBQ day.  Gina cooked hamburgers, fish and chicken until about 7:00 p.m.  Mom really liked the chicken!

Near the pool, we have palm trees and cactus.

Palm tree with cacti

Palm tree with cacti

So tropical!  Here is another palm tree, but it has red berries.

Palm tree with red seeds

Palm tree with red seeds

They look like berries, but mom checked online and now she says they are not really berries, but seeds.  They look pretty, but we are not to eat them!

We can play chess here.  Alaska cousin and I, Zeb the Duck, need help moving the pieces.

Huge chess game

Huge chess game

They are bigger than we are.  This is so much fun.  Walking around the grounds, we found this tree.

Great tree trunk for ducks

Great tree trunk for ducks

The tree trunk is twisted just for us.

Our resort is so pretty, that some couples come here to get married.  Here is one of the happy couples.

Preparing for wedding on our beach

Preparing for wedding on our beach

Looking at our beach, this is a great location for weddings.

Beach used for weddings

Beach used for weddings

We could cook here, but Mom and Alaska uncle don’t cook on vacation.

Don't cook us Mom

Don’t cook us Mom

We try different restaurants.  This hammock is really comfortable.

We are liking hammocks

We are liking hammocks

If we feel energetic, we can go kayaking.

Ducks in a kayak

Ducks in a kayak

Or, maybe just sit on the lounge chair and enjoy the beach.

This is a vacation

This is a vacation

That is our personal favorite.

The grounds are very scenic.   We think this bridge looks really nice.

Pretty bridge--with stairs

Pretty bridge–with stairs

From the back windows of our condo, we enjoy looking at these trees and cacti.

Backyard of our condo

Backyard of our condo

So different from our Colorado scenery.

As the day ends, we appreciate the sight of setting sun behind the palm trees.

Beautiful end to wonderful day

Beautiful end to wonderful day

You would like this resort.  For information, visit www.Bluebeards-beachclub.com