Dave and I go to all these islands and countries and what do we see? The best kiteboarding spots he can find. And the anchorages, restaurants, kiteboarding shops, short hikes (limited by my knee), some touristy things, and kiteboarding schools. So I was excited to have a car and mom visiting to go exploring beyond the norm.
Along with our friends on Vidorra, including our honorary grandson Luke, we visited a sea turtle farm. The conservationist side of me is not a fan of zoos and “sanctuaries” where animals are put on display and sometimes even touched by humans. However, when going to a place I have to understand its purpose for acceptance. Grand Cayman is famous for its Cayman Turtle Centre. Just know if you go, this is a farm. These turtles are raised for food, not to be released in the wild. So it was a great opportunity to show a curious little boy a beautiful creature.
After sharing some turtle love, you could pop across the street and buy some fresh turtle meat. No, WE did not. No, it is not the same as visiting a baby cow on a farm, since green sea turtles are an endangered species. However, one way to look at this is that by farming them, they are not killing them in the wild for food and making them even more endangered. Yeah, it’s a tough one for me.
These cute little lion lizards were all over the island and easily recognizable by the way they curled their tail up. They weren’t particularly shy either.
These two guys must be really special because they had four birthday cakes for their shared birthday. Now that is a lot of lovin’ coming their way. Paul, left from Delphinus, and Bruce, right from Vidorra, are pretty special we will gladly keep them. By the way, the cakes were (top left clockwise) death by chocolate, funfetti, carrot cake with nuts, and carrot cake without nuts. Yum!
These are the three kiteboarding amigos, Steve from Slow Flight, Dave and Bruce.
Yep, a little alcohol was involved in that party. It goes down as one for the books. Such fun people. And look at little Luke’s face.
The tour continued and we visited Hell. When in Hell, you HAVE to visit the Devil’s gift shop, right? There were some funny t-shirts.
We had to be careful where we parked, though. That is one space I wouldn’t risk taking!
Although the rocks appear volcanic or forged by fire, they are actually limestone.
Lauren from Vidorra was looking pretty sexy. Devil’s concubine?
Nope, Devil’s mama. Hahaha.
At this great mall area with a self pouring wine tasting place that kind of became our hangout, there was also this observation building. The walls were covered in tile mosaics. What a fantastic job was done on these!
So many tiny tiles!
Along with the impossible Escher-esque stairs, I consider this place a must see in Grand Cayman.
There was a park dedicated to ship wrecks with huge ship parts laying around… a prop here and a keel there. There was also a nature trail leading the the area of ocean that notoriously murdered ships.
When we heard there was a castle, mom and I HAD to check it out. Not what we expected but steeped in history and information. It was still interesting and a beautiful old house.
This lion lizard was quite unique. So… an injury caused a second tail to grow or born that way? Either way, it’s a pretty cool little dude.
Next, mom and I visited the crystal caves. We learned that there are 150 or so cave on the north side of the island and they could located them by looking for this kind of tree, which naturally grows at the cave openings. In 1990 someone petitioned the government to make them a tourist attraction. Once approved, he had to acquire all the land. The caves didn’t open to the public until April 2016 and there are still only a handful of caves made tourist-safe enough to go see. They really are great caves with bats and crystals and it’s another attraction on the island I recommend visiting.
This video includes the turtle farm and caves.
It is hard to photograph caves well. Only one area was well lit and the lights really drew out the beauty of the cave. Here are some quick stills:
Is it just me or does the ceiling of this cave remind you of Freddie Kruger’s chest?
All finished, we returned to the light.
We noticed blowholes on the way to one of the guys’ kiteboarding locations. They were fun to watch, but don’t look like much in the pictures.
This tree is called a tourist tree because it turns red like a sunburn and peels its skin. Hahaha.
Mom demonstrated the purpose of this sign. Ah, now I get it.
After watching Chris and Kate, our Aussie friends on Aeolus, show Luke how to hop like a kangaroo… I felt qualified to demonstrate the purpose of this sign.
Some random person has a random concrete sculpture garden in their yard and welcomes visitors to come and enjoy it, so we did. This scorpion was as big as me.
I think mom caught something.
The octopus was really cool.
I posed with the iguana for scale. Cool, right?
While seeing The Barefoot Man perform for the third time, Dave and Luke danced and Lauren and Luke did the Conga.
I think mom really enjoyed his shows. If the songs weren’t funny, his stories about them were. The Barefoot Man lives in Grand Cayman and performs there regularly. You should catch a show, if ever on the island.
Awwww, we are so blessed with great friends. And next up we all went to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, together and will cruise together next season. Life is good!