I made some really cool discoveries that I’ve been meaning to tell you about. Apparently, the British Virgin Islands are very hospitable to one variety of populous cactus, even though it rains every single day. These particular cacti were my favorite, jutting off the top of the mountain to catch golden rays of sunset on their spines.
But forget the cactus, the real show stopper was this POMEGRANATE BUSH! I could not believe my eyes, really I could not. I have never seen actual pomegranates growing before! The pomegranates were still relatively small and unripe, but I would have loved to have picked one. I once grew pomegranate seeds in my apartment, and they did really well until Stella’s great rage of 2010 crushed them to death. Seeing this bush inspired me to give it another go, although I doubt a bush grown from seeds would fruit.
Another unexpected specimen living on the BVIs is wild hermit crabs. The crabs are so prolific that I had to watch my step for fear of crushing one. I had no idea that hermit crabs live naturally outside the confines of plastic containers on the Jersey boardwalk. These hermit crabs were much more active than the ones my sisters and I kept as pets. I have a likely-abnormal number of hermit crab stories I could share with you, so I’ll reveal one of the best.
My youngest sister was away at her first sleepover party, and me and my other sister were at home with our babysitter. We realized that our sister’s hermit crab, which had been the longest living, died. It was limp and lifeless, and its legs started falling off. We took the hermit crab to the backyard and buried it. While we were out there, we failed to hear the phone ringing- my sister threw up at her sleepover and needed to come home. She eventually walked in the door with our neighbor who had gone to get her. Let’s just say that it wasn’t her best day, and she is still complaining that we buried her crab without her.
I saw a large caterpillar on the island too. I don’t have any caterpillar stories, but I do have one about a corn worm. The end.