We began our visit to Christiansted National Historical Site (CHRI), Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS) and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (SARI) with a short flight from St. Thomas to St. Croix on a small plane. It's always fun to get lined up by size to get your seat assignment. But, flying between the islands was so quick and easy!
|Ranger Fernandez arrives home on St. Croix|
We arrived at CHRI and ProRanger Kelechi Akabogu led us on a tour of the Danish fort, Fort Christianvaern, and its associated buildings, including the Scale House and the Steeple Building.
|Scales used to weigh imports and exports, and probably slaves|
|ProRanger Akabogu standing guard|
|Inside the fort's dungeon - not built for tall people!|
|Rangers Fernandez and Rivera with ProRanger Akabogu.|
Then we headed out to Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. We planned to meet up with the superintendent, but he was working with the Youth Conservation Corps students and we ended up just missing him all around the island! At Salt River, we toured the Visitor Center and viewed artifacts from the Taino people before visiting the construction site of the Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center.
Due to some interesting jurisdictional issues, we stood on the shoreline and discussed cases that Rangers Fernandez and Rivera had encountered at SARI. Then we moved to hypothetical variations and an in depth discussion of the various sections of 36 C.F.R. and how they might apply. ProRanger Akabogu demonstrated an impressive command of the regulations!
|Views from the Salt River Visitor Center|
|Well tower at Salt River|
|Rangers Rivera and Fernandez quizzing ProRanger Akabogu|
We ended the day at the ranger station with interviews with Chief Ranger Isander Rodriguez. WE also secured a commitment from Ranger Rivera to offer a “use of force” class for the ProRangers via webex!
|Chief Ranger Rodriguez, Ranger Fernandez and ProRanger Akabogu|
|ProRanger Akabogu and Superintendent Tutein|
|Ranger Fernandez, ProRanger Akabogu and Rangers Laurencin and Rivera|
|Wet hugs to thank our (dry) rescuer!|