September 28 - 30, 2001
Trunk Bay, St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands
I once had a college professor, who as his first question of the semester asked, "what is the most famous opening line in literature."  He claimed the answer to be, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," from Dickens Tale of Two Cities
So it was with this particular trip.  It was late September, usually a busy time for tourists, but one day, September 11, 2001, had changed that dramatically, at least in the short run.  As a result, it was relatively easy to find a flight to St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands as well as some very reasonable hotel rates.
Aerial View - Atlanta, Georgia
Elaine and I decided to take a quick trip to these Caribbean islands, leaving Jacksonville early on Friday morning, September 28, and meeting our son, Jim, at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, then spending the weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Having Jim on this trip was like having a personal tour guide.  After graduating from Florida State University, Jim was recruited by one of his managers for whom he worked during his college summers.  As luck would have it, the job was located in St. Croix, 
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so Jim had a significant amount of local knowledge, which maximized the number of places to see and things to do on our brief visit.  So, it was about noon, when our flight left Atlanta.
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