Parrot Heads enjoy a pristine paradise

Group travel sometimes gets a bad rap, but when the group is as fun and easy-going as the Parrot Heads, the travel is actually really fun and easy.

A panoramic view of Cinnamon Bay, one of the many beaches available for swimming and sunning at St. John. (Submitted Photo)

A panoramic view of Cinnamon Bay, one of the many beaches available for swimming and sunning at St. John. (Submitted Photo)

Twenty-nine Parrot Heads from the Midwest region and beyond (many of them from Detroit Lakes) recently spent a week in the tropical paradise of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The group traditionally does a pub crawl every time they take a trip together; this year, the theme for the crawl was "Bikini Beach," so they all wore their best bikinis. (Submitted Photo)

Twenty-nine Parrot Heads from the Midwest region and beyond (many of them from Detroit Lakes) recently spent a week in the tropical paradise of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The group traditionally does a pub crawl every time they take a trip together; this year, the theme for the crawl was "Bikini Beach," so they all wore their best bikinis. (Submitted Photo)

A beach at Anegada, in the British Virgin Islands, is tranquil and quiet. Parrot Head Lisa Flynn said she spent an hour walking the beach and only ran into one other person the whole time. (Submitted Photo)

A beach at Anegada, in the British Virgin Islands, is tranquil and quiet. Parrot Head Lisa Flynn said she spent an hour walking the beach and only ran into one other person the whole time. (Submitted Photo)

Every two years, local Lakes Area Parrot Heads join other club members from the Midwest region and beyond to take a trip together for some social time in the sun and sand. This year, their destination was St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean.

The group spent a full week in that tropical paradise, enjoying consistently sunny days in the 80s while the folks back in Minnesota suffered through subzero temperatures. They returned on March 5, just in time for the big snow storm that dumped about 13 inches on Detroit Lakes.

On Tuesday, one of the travelers, Jim Brogren, joked that he was still sour about having to put close-toed shoes on in the mornings after spending a glorious week in flip-flops.

A former travel agent, Brogren has been the lead organizer behind the Parrot Head trips since 2013. He and the majority of the 28 other people who went to St. John this year are from the Lakes Area chapter, although there were Parrot Heads from other clubs around the country who joined them, including Minneapolis, Iowa, Florida, Washington, Arizona and Baltimore. Many already knew each other and had traveled together before, but there were a few new faces, too.

Lisa Flynn, one of those newbies, said the trip offered her the opportunity to get to know some new people.

"It's a nice community of like-minded people; they're just welcoming and gracious," she said. "And there was always someone there to do something with, if you wanted."  

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