Mastic Trail

Trip Start Jan 31, 2013
Trip End Feb 07, 2013

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Flag of Cayman Islands  , Grand Cayman,
Friday, February 1, 2013

So, we woke up kinda late...8:30ish...(tehehe...  if you're reading this and thought it was mom, i tricked you!)  continuing... we went to snag our free breakfast and a few other items for later. Breakfast was better than expected and we were even joined by the not so rare island chicken bird!   They are running and cockadoodledooing everywhere here!  After that, we were off to the Mastic Trail!  

We opted for public bus transportation and caught a bus to downtown Georgetown where we then took the #3 bus or rather minivan that was going to the North and East Ends.  This bus went past our starting point for the trail and dropped us off at the end of the trail before we knew it. all good.  We took a glimpse of the ocean at Dead Mans Bay and did the trail backwards. tons of birds, lizards, tropical plants and a couple of frogs!   There were many wonderful finds along the way, spotted by Kara!  and we have the pictures to prove it Kara skipped the part about the terrain which went over what I think were limestone rocks.  There were lots of jagged edges to step over and on, along with tree roots.  This made the trail a bit more difficult and consequently, we ended up with some blisters and hot spots on our feet.  Perhaps better footware would have been in order.  But at the same time, the terrain was fascinating, with all sorts of little nooks and crannies, slits in the stone and holes, some that seemed to go quite far down.  She also spotted orchids on some of the trees and there were other epiphytes as well.  We saw several kinds of palm and tropical plants that are common as houseplants at home.  I thought this would be a 2 hr walk and we would have enough time to go snorkeling up the coast from our hotel later.  It turned out that we didn't get back to the hotel until 5:30 or so.

We walked back to the intersection with the road running around the periphery of the island.  We had bought some gatorade just before boarding the bus, but with all that hiking and sweating in the sun and high humidity, we were certainly in danger of dehydration.  Luckily there was a drinks vendor right there on the corner with his cooler.  He was a friendly guy and gave us the lowdown on what drinks he had available:  lemonade, guava, something that tasted like spinach, carrot-beet, and maybe a few others.  Kara picked the lemonade and I the guava and we paid our $5 US apiece.  The Cayman dollar is worth 25% more than the US dollar.

After that, we waited and waited for a bus to take us a little further out on the island to the East End this time...and were almost ready to change the plan, but there it was.   Our blisters were catching up with us., it came just in time!   So we drove in the bus/minivan to the East End after passing some very nice houses along the coast.  This area was not so developed as where we are staying and there are no big hotels or condos.  We also passed a few more cemeteries along the oceanside.

Back to Georgetown (the big city here), we got in a little shopping.  Then, our first swim in the ocean!  just what we needed before dinner at Coconut Joe's, and back to the room to upload pictures...and now we're up to date. -kjk  (additions in italics by mom)

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