Thanks to everyone who is following the blog and leaving comments and questions! luckstomper: The largest animal we saw on the Mastic Trail were parrots. When we were visiting the Iguana Sanctuary, we observed the iguanas and took photos, but we didn’t touch them. zanes brother: Our hotel is right on the beach and has an awesome pool that we LOVE. There’s a coral reef right off shore, and we all love our rooms!
Maddie: MaddiesDad: I saw fish and corals from above the submarine. I can’t remember what kinds of fish I saw and not much about how they looked. My favorite activity so far was when we went snorkeling. I saw so much cool fish.
Aunt Gigi: The most amazing sight so far was the sea turtles at the turtle farm. I saw babies too. I’m going back tomorrow when we are going to hold the turtles. The activities I’m most looking forward to are the turtle farm and when we are going to a different island. The submarine ride already passed but that was one of the activities I was excited about. I also really liked the blue iguanas.
My favorite part of the day was Stingray City. I loved the smooth, soft texture of the stingrays. Someone told me they were slimy at an aquarium I went to, so I was nervous to touch one until today. They weren’t slimy at all.
At lunch, I collected tiny shells and corals on the beach. I love to collect shells. These are the smallest of my collection. It made me think that little things can be special, even if you usually don’t notice them.
Kennan: What a day! We embarked on a snorkeling excursion to the
famed Stingray City and an exotic coral reef. While snorkeling over the
colorful reef at Coral Gardens, many of us played with a social
stingray named Frisbee. Frisbee was born without a stinging tail, so she
was completely safe to swim beside. I swam alongside Frisbee while
petting her wings, belly, and back. I also spotted several species of
fish, including squirrelfish, blue chromes, stoplight parrotfish, and
trunkfish. Then, we all waded around Stingray City. Stingrays surrounded
me, eating food from my hands and rubbing their bodies against me. At
times I was completely covered in slimy, gray rays. They were really
cool to touch. Kissing a ray is seven years of good luck in the Caymans.
I kissed two rays.
Clara: Colorful species of fish swim around me, as a big stingray
swims below. I take my snorkel out of my mouth, take a deep breath, and
dive. We’re at a reef at the edge of the bay, where light teal
shallows meet gray rocks, then head out to deep blue ocean. Schools of
black, white, and yellow fish swim by, and I rub my thumb and index
finger together to bring them closer to my hand. After what seems like a
short time, a tall man calls us back to the boat to take off our masks
and fins. I’m a little sad we couldn’t stay longer, but I think about
more things we’re going to do today, and smile to myself.
It was still light out when we got to Cayman Turtle Farm for dinner. I
walked into the building, and am greeted by traditional games and rope
making methods of Cayman natives. I walk around and take a few pictures
of men and women performing traditional crafts of Grand Cayman. I then
venture farther out of the colorful room, and out into the open air of
the turtle farm. I am welcomed by a huge pool of water, filled with huge
sea turtles swimming back and forth across the surface, occasionally
stopping to poke their large, green, heads up for a breath of fresh of
air. Suddenly a boy walks up and offers to take a few of my friends and
me to hold the turtles. We quickly agree and hurry to the baby turtle
holding pools. After a few quick grabs and some pictures of us with the
tiny baby turtles, it’s mostly dark and time for dinner.
I find it hard to actually concentrate on eating the delicious
traditional Cayman food, when an amazing live band is 10 feet away from
you, playing songs we all know, adding a Cayman feel to the music. We
all can’t help bobbing our head to the music. When the band suddenly
stops playing, I am a little confused. That is until the dancers come
out. They immediately launch into a colorful swirl of dresses twirling
and twisting. The music is upbeat and the dancers extremely energetic,
their costumes beautiful. They perform traditional dances until it’s
time for the band to play again. One of the songs they played was a
Johnny Cash song, which sparked my interest; the artist was a childhood
favorite of mine! By the end of the night, it is dark out and we have
the opportunity to witness the amazing spectacle of several female
turtles hauling their heavy bodies onto the beach to lay eggs! This has
been an amazing night for me and I’m very, very excited for what will
come tomorrow and the days following.