St. Thomas was our first stop in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We spent several days moored at Christmas Cove at the unpopulated Great St. James Island, snorkeling our little hearts out. We then moved to the harbor at Charlotte Amalie. Our friends, Carl and Carrie on Sanctuary, have been living and working here, so we met with them and Steve and Lynn on Celebration for a great dinner of make-your-own pizzas. It was interesting – and a bit un-nerving, to watch the huge cruise ships come into and off of the docks, they seem to come so close to the anchored boats. We now know where NOT to anchor in this harbor. Although the waterfront is all duty-free shops, we’re not really shoppers, and it was more interesting to wander the back roads of downtown Charlotte Amalie and see all the old stone buildings, some colorfully painted, others left natural. Of course, from the hills we had beautiful views over the town and the harbor.