About Us

Hi, folks,

clip_image001I’m George Myrick and have a battle on my hands—the onslaught of a persistent and determined enemy—Old Age. I want to stay in fairly decent shape and ward off the inevitable—that guy swinging the big scythe. I walk 1 to 2 miles about five days a week. My wife has reduced our salt and fat intake, and increased our fiber. Yuck! Are any of you folks out there going through this? If so, got any suggestions?

In the book Blogging for Dummies (and I sure qualify!) it says you can blog any way you want to—anything goes, no-holds-barred! Okay, then…basically, I want my posts to be “About us”—all she wrote—the whole shebang.

Many of my posts will contain enticing excerpts of the twenty great years I wrote about in my book. Those were the adventurous years my wife Marie and I spent following our dreams.

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I will give you many of the facts right here in my posts, but for the full story, with all the trimmings, you really should read the book—Virgin Island Adventure. (A True Story)

My posts also will cover, among numerous other things, our retirement. That should be of interest to anyone who loves to travel.
Oh, one more very important thing; I am a rank beginner on Facebook and slowly stumbling my way around, so please bear with me. Patti Harrell Hoech, a dear friend of ours, is on Facebook and is helping me, via emails, over the many hurdles I face. Another dear friend of ours, Michael Pate, a computer expert, and Research Librarian, helps me almost daily, and sometimes several times a day! My sincere thanks to both of you!!!
I bought a book on Facebook and learned that I can import these “posts” into my Facebook’s “Notes”. This is Facebook’s equivalent of a Blog. Then I will have two Blogs being published.  Isn’t that cool?
With all that in mind, let’s get started…

My posts also will cover, among numerous other things, our retirement. That should be of interest to anyone who loves to travel. Oh, one more very important thing; I am a rank beginner on Facebook and slowly stumbling my way around, so please bear with me. Patti Harrell Hoech, a dear friend of ours, is on Facebook and is helping me, via emails, over the many hurdles I face. (Stay with me, Patti, or I’m sunk.)

I bought a book on Facebook and learned that I can import these “posts” into my Facebook’s “Notes”. This is Facebook’s equivalent of a Blog.
Then I will have two Blogs being published.  Isn’t that cool? With all that in mind, let’s get started…

About us, the basics

Many years ago, my wife Marie and I kicked the 9 to 5 routine for 24/7. Being sailors, we decided to sail professionally. We operated charter boats—first in the Bahamas—then in the Virgin Islands. It was an incredible lifestyle, an adventure we had only dreamed about.

Our chartering culminated with an extended round-trip cruise from St. Thomas, through the Windward and Leeward Islands —about four hundred miles. This was aboard the Water Lily, a 53-foot motor sailer that Marie and I had been chartering for the owners.

They had retired, removed Water Lily from the charter service, and wanted us to take them through the Caribbean. We would visit all the major islands. They estimated we would be gone about six months.

After our last charter, we took the boat to nearby Hassel Island where they allowed you to do your own work, which Marie and I appreciated. She was a big boat and took a lot of work to get her ready for the big cruise.

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This would be another incredible adventure. We had read many books by authors who had cruised the Caribbean. Now, by golly, it was our turn. Yeah! Move over, Carlton Mitchell.

To make it even more enjoyable, Water Lily’s owners treated us just like family members instead of a paid crew. And they paid for everything—all the taxi tours, entertainment, and all the meals we had ashore.

After that marvelous cruise, Marie and I got in the hotel business in the British Virgin Islands. This started by leasing an uninhabited, 53-acre island in the British Virgin Islands—Little Thatch.

Several furnished buildings on the island made it ideal to turn into

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a small hotel. The Tower House, with three bedrooms, was quite a landmark. The other building in the photo was the seaside bar, Club 16. Above, and to the right a bit of Club 16, you can see the red roof of “Hill House”. That’s St. John in the background

We operated the hotel for six marvelous years, until our lease was up. Oh, how we enjoyed those fun-filled years. We then left the island and bought a gorgeous beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke, also in the British Virgin Islands. (Jost is pronounced like toast, with a y instead of a t…Yoast).

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On Jost, we built Sandcastle Hotel, comprised of four rental cottages, dining room/kitchen, and the Soggy Dollar Bar. Marie and I did all of the construction, using local help. The dining room was my first experience with stonemasonry. Turned out nice, eh?

We operated Sandcastle for ten years—and what exciting years they were. (At times, a bit more than we bargained for!) Finally, we sold the hotel and retired.

We returned to the States and bought a fifth wheel trailer and Dodge Ram pickup. We toured the United States, Canada, Mex

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ico, and Belize, racking up well over 80,000 miles. This photo was taken at Arches National Park. It was fabulous! If gasoline prices ever get back to normal, whatever that is, you should give it a whirl. (I remember way back when gas was 25 cents/gallon; candy bars and ice cream cones were a nickel. Are any of you old enough to recall those days?)

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After that fantastic journey, we settled down in Florida in a small but comfortable home in the country. Some of our closest neighbors are four-footed.

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Marie’s hobby is vegetable and flower gardening. I like photography and woodworking. Marie also did a lot of shell collecting in Mexico. She has used many of her shells decoratively.

I will do my best to post frequently, but at least I will try for every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Thank you for coming aboard; and stay with me, I’m sure we will have some fun. That’s if I can get comfortable inserting photos where they belong!

George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

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3 comments on “About Us
  1. jeff massey says:

    When did you sale the Soggy Dollar and can I ask for how much? I love the history of Jost.

  2. Martha Waigle says:

    I have just ordered your book and can’t wait for my own copy. Been reading a copy borrowed from my aunt. We are relatives. Marie’s mother was a sister to my grandfather. Lots of our relatives are looking forward to their copy. Why didn’t we know about this earlier? Hope we can keep in touch.

  3. Meg Swire says:

    George you will be truely missed. I will remember you fondly especially as I am staying in your original “Pioneer” cottage at Sandcastle on White Bay in Jost Van Dyke. Thank you so much for building it and sharing your stories. xo

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