Grand Cayman Island
February 24 ~ March 10, 2014
This travel adventure started out at cold Syracuse with a flight to Charlotte
and then on to George Town, Grand Cayman Island. Our US Airways
flights were on time and comfortable. We are on our long awaited
Honeymoon at the Reef Resort on Grand Cayman Island. It was also the
chance to celebrate John's 80th birthday in the warm sunny Cayman
Island weather while our many family and friends in Owego and other
places suffered a continuing long drawn out cold winter. Our
condo stay at Grand Cayman was a wedding present, lucky us!
Greeting to the Reef Resort!
It was a beautiful Cayman Island day for a birthday. The
Caribbean sea waters were at our door step.
The Reef Resort sandy beach!
The beach stretched for a long way southward.
Boats like this one took charter groups to scuba dive in the
Sea. There were about a half a dozen boats providing
scuba diving adventures.
There were many adventures to experience at the Reef
Resort they ranged from parasailing like these brave souls
were doing, to sailing and small power boat driving.
Sunrises were beautiful each morning.
February 27 was especially beautiful sunrise with the
cloud reflecting the sun's rays.
Later in the afternoon, the sun gave us beautiful reflections
off the clouds over the sea.
A striking sunrise greeted us on the 28th.
Palm trees and clouds make a beautiful early sunrise.
In the afternoon, the surf kicked up and the waves
added to the beauty of our setting.
The condo building where our unit was is in the background of
this photo. In front is one of the two pools on
the Reef Resort property.
The Reef Resort's dock extending out in to deeper water.
A view in front of the main building of the resort.
Beach side dining area located on the sandy beachside.
Beach side bar. They serves a very tasty Caybrew beer.
Sea Gulls on the Reef's dock.
Reef's Condo buildings line the beach.
Boats & condo units at seaside.
Condo buildings from the Resort's dock.
Morritt's Resort next door to the Reef Resort.
The boat houses at Morritt Resort. This is where you
could chart a boat for a scuba dive cruise.
The other pool at the Resort. A very relaxing place
to sun bathe.
The front entrance to the Reef Resort
Some times you cannot escape American institutions.
The Morritt's shopping center. There were a very nice Italian
restaurant, sports good store, spirit shop and a adequate grocery
store available without driving into George Town.
It was relaxing time all the time during our stay. It was
easy to sit and look at the water and read books. We
watch very little TV while on Cayman island.
Surf was up today by late afternoon.
A beautiful sunrise makes for a pleasant warm day ahead.
We had rented a car for the time we were on the
island. On March third, we ventured out for a drive. We
came upon one of the many iguanas that are
wild on the road. Can you find
in this iguana in this picture?
On our drive, we stopped at the Queen Elizabeth II Botany
Park. It is one of the more interesting spots to visit on
the island. Unfortunately for us it was the wrong season
as few plants were in bloom. This sign was posted
in the parking lot of the parks greeting center.
This one of the blue Iguana's that are native to
Cayman Island. They are an exclusive animal
to this island.
A model of the blue iguana at the visitors center.
The look mean and they are mean.
Carol on one of the Park's walkway paths.
A path in the Xerophytic Garden
The park had many interesting plants and trees.
Another iguana wandering around in the park!
Carol by one of the few flowering plants in season at the park.
A very interesting warning sign!
A thatched roofed shelter along the parks many trails.
An interesting fountain at the visitor's center
Resting at the end of a long hike through park.
Clouds with sun rays lighting them up in the late afternoon.!
Wednesday March 5th, an exceptional sunrise on display!
As we were enjoying the early morning hours a cruise ship
sailed away from George Town toward is next port of call.
Today is the 47th Annual Agricultural Show at the the
Stacy Watler Pavilion, Carol had heard about this event
earlier so we were off to to visit the show. Above is the main
entrance. We paid $20.00 per person
Cayman money to gain admission.
This tent held space for local vendors to sell their wares.
Most of the merchandise was home made and ranged
from local spice sauces to scented soaps.
Craft items entered for judging were on display. You
could see the blue and red ribbons on
some of the articles.
Judged produce display.
More vegetables with winning ribbons.
We asked a Cayman Police Officer to take our picture
with visiting the Show.
All kinds of animals were entered into various classes. Above
are chickens to be judged. Goats, cows and horses were
entered into the various classes on display.
Mom pig and her little one's at lunch time.
An ecology exhibit at the Show. The question was posed
about how much the cube of crushed soda cans weighted.
Carol went to buy a brownie from these Girl Scouts, her
purchase ended up as a donation and we had new found
Girl Scout friends on Cayman Island. They wanted our
picture with the girls and their leader.
On our way back to the Reef Resort we stopped at the
section of the shoreline famous for it Blow Hole display.
While the surf was not high, spectular blow hole action
was present as you can see from this photo and the next one.
At high tide time with heavy seas the water
shots high above the beach.
An interesting Thursday morning sunrise.
Friday beautiful sunrise.
Sunrise under the palm leaf on Saturday morning.
Thunder heads forming in the afternoon.
March 10th our last sunrise of this trip. Clouds add a
beautiful frame for the sun's rays.
Another early morning view!
A last photo as we prepare to load the car and drive to
the airport. It has been a very relaxing and restful 14 days.
Cares seem to melt away and my 80th birthday
celebration was perfect.