In late August of 2010, my mother and father surprised my siblings and I with a trip to the British Virgin Islands. This being our first time out of the country, we didn't know what to expect. Shell shocked, we were brought upon gorgeous beaches,pool side restaurants and exotic nightlife for all ages. Our Uncle Sam, being a local taxi driver showed us all the cool hangouts. But the coolest place he took us to on our week-long trip that stands out the most to me was the trip to the Baths, a gorgeous beach full of surprises. My Uncle Sam, whom we were also staying with raved about this beach all week "The Baths are just impossible to explain! I have to take you guys out there!" he had said. So on our second to last day, we took a ferry from Tortola to a neighboring island, Virgin Gorda. Upon our arrival, we went to a poolside restaurant and swam in the warm, saltwater pool. Then we embarked on a trail down to the beach. Shaded with beautifully flowered trees and teeming with wildlife, the trail was something like a postcard. We finally reached the bottom of the trail where my Uncle pointed out some underwater caves as we raced to the beach. I splashed into the water! It was warm like bath water (hence the name "The Baths") and crystal clear! Fish swam daringly around my feet and ankles and a mantaray even brushed my fathers leg! It was such an amazing experience because as a city girl, I had never enjoyed nature. The trip made me feel like not everything in nature was bad.
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