The U.S. Virgin Islands are a group of islands that lie in the Caribbean and mostly consist of St. Thomas, St John, and St. Croix. These islands are owned by the U.S. therefore the reason for the name. We visited St. Thomas and St. John in 1996. This was my first visit ever to the islands and when and where I fell in love with the beach. There was one glorious afternoon spent lying on a beach towel right here on Trunk Bay, where I left my heart. Not a more beautiful place in the whole world in my opinion. The sun was shining brightly above and a soft breeze blew off the ocean. I soaked in the smells of salt and sea and I quietly began the longest lasting love affair of my life. The sand was so warm and white. I scooped up a bit in an empty cigarette package to bring home with me. Thus began my collection of sand from the beaches that I have visited. The sound of the surf gently lapping at the shore is the backdrop to every romantic dream I find myself having. Have I mentioned how much I love the beach? I have made my friend promise me that when I die she will carry my ashes to Trunk Bay, on St. John Island, and leave me behind!