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Grand Cayman Island - December, 2009
 

Ian at the Waterpark

Daddy surprised Mommy and I with a quick weekend getaway to Grand Cayman Island. We had quite an ordeal getting there; our US Airways plane had intercom problems (yes, a bad intercom microphone) so they ended up canceling our flight. But American Airlines got us there and even let me sit in the cockpit with Mommy. Look at me; I'm a pilot!

Ian at the Waterpark

What can I tell you about Grand Cayman... it's FABULOUS! Warm breezes, sun shining, sandy beaches with no one on them, crystal clear water, tropical reefs where fish swim right up to you... like I said; FABULOUS! We visited Botswania Turtle Farm which raises turtles from hatchlings to adulthood. Some of the turtles are released into the wild, some are sold for food so that people don't kill off the turtles in the wild, and some are kept for breeding. We must have seen a thousand turtles! There was a large pond and beach area for the adult turtles to breed and lay their eggs. Then there were smaller tanks scattered around the farm with turtles ranging from several months old to several years old. The best part was you were allowed to touch and pick up the yearlings in the touch pool. How cool is that?! There was also a discovery learning center where you could learn all about turtles and even sit on real turtle shells. I had a GREAT time visiting with the turtles!

Ian at the Waterpark

Located north of Botswania Turtle Farm is the town of Hell (yes, I learned my first bad word). The town was named for the unusual, jagged limestone formation located behind the now famous post office. Toursits flock there to send loved ones post cards from Hell.

Ian at the Waterpark

Up the coast is the Barker Park with long stretches of uninhabited, white, sandy beaches. I had the best time digging in the sand, smashing all the sand castles Mommy made for me, and floating in the warm, clear water. Daddy had fun snorkeling, but you didn't have to go far to see fish. They swam right up to Mommy and I! I was so excited to see them! I also got really excited over all the chickens, roosters, and iguanas running around the island. I was spotting them left and right.

Ian at the Waterpark

Our last stop before going to the airport for our flight home was at Coconut Joes for a delicious breakfast. I highly recommend the banana pancakes and home fries. Yum, Yum! Our time was short and we didn't get to do everything we would have liked to, but that just means we'll have to come back. I don't think I'll have to try to hard to convince Mommy and Daddy of that. Look out sting rays; I'll be coming back to swim with you!

Ian at the Waterpark