George Town, Grand Caymans

Trip Start Feb 18, 2012
Trip End Feb 27, 2012

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Erin and I got up at what we thought was 6:50, got dressed and went to breakfast.   As we were eating breakfast they announced the third tender was going ashore and that it was 8:30.  We were supposed to be in the Stardust Theater at 8:30 for our excursion.  So we left the dining room, went down to our cabin, grabbed what we needed and went to the theater.  We made it just as the last of the line was leaving the theater.  Whew!  Derek and Larry had left half an hour earlier for their excursion called "Taste of Georgetown."  They toured the Tortugas Rum Cake factory, a microbrewery that makes Cay Beer, and the Seven Fathoms Rum brewery. 

Erin and I did the Stingrays and Snorkel Tour.  When we got to the pier we walked a block to buses to take us to the boat, the Cayman Beauty.  When we got to the sandbar where the stingrays were there were lots of boats already there, anchored in a circle around the sand bar.  We got out in water that was a little above our waists.  It was a beautiful spot.  Our guide went and got a stingray for us to feed.  He held her so we could feed her cut up squid.  Her mouth was on the bottom and she sucked it out of our hands like a vacuum cleaner.  No teeth, no worries.  Then we each got to hold her and have our picture taken with her.  Erin and I were two of the last ones to do this.  There were a few other stingrays swimming around as well.  We only saw females as they are the big ones.  The males are smaller and are only around in the summer. 

Then we got back on the boat and got our snorkel gear.  We went a short distance away from stingray city, as it is called, for our snorkel.  We only had about half an hour in the water.  We saw lots of coral and sea fans and some fish far from the boat.  It didn't take us long to be far from the boat, so I headed back.  Just as I got close the guide threw bait off the back of the boat and hundreds of fish came to feed.  They were beautiful.  When I got back on the boat, Jenny our photographer, had the pictures ready.  I bought the CD of the four pictures she had taken of us.  They turned out pretty well.  There was one of me holding the stingray, one of us kissing the stingray, one of both of us with the stingray and one of us with the stingray’s wing over Erin’s shoulder.  Then we headed back to shore.

When we got back to Georgetown, we headed to Del Sol where we were supposed to meet Larry and Derek.  They weren’t there.  We checked the Hard Rock and Margaritaville but didn’t find them.  We looked for a magnet for Erin of the Grand Cayman flag but didn’t find one.  So we went to Breezes for lunch.  We had really good conch fritters and split an order of Rose Sauce Pasta which was excellent.  We had a great view of the Pearl from where we sat on the second floor.  We looked for Larry and Derek one more time and then headed back to the boat.  We got back about 2:30.

It wasn’t long until Larry and Derek arrived feeling very “happy.”  In addition to all the beer and rum tasting they had done, they had found a small bar near Del Sol to have some more beer.  They had a great time “tasting” Georgetown.  We watched the sail-away, then Larry, Derek and I had a nap.  Erin walked nine laps and watched the sunset.  We missed a good one.  She finally woke us up about 7:30.  We went to the Bliss Lounge for music trivia and got 21 out of 40 this time but still didn’t win.  Once group got 29 points.  Then Derek, Larry and I went to supper.  Erin went to the buffet and the blogged.  For starters Larry and I had Caesar Salad and Derek had Apple Cranberry salad.  For entrees Larry had the Chef’s Special a Burrito, Derek had Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs, and I had Salmon.  For dessert Derek and I had Chocolate Decadence and Larry had Coconut Sherbet.  After supper we walked around the ship and watched them decorate for the White Hot Part at pool side which didn’t begin until 10:45.  We went back to our cabins for the night at 10:30.  We were all tired from our day in the heat and the sun.  When we got back we had towel monkeys hanging from our curtains.  It is something we look forward to seeing every night when we get back to our rooms.  The room steward makes a different animal each night.
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rita wienken on

Hi Linda,
Sounds like just what you need. Yesterday I went to the ocean because it was 80 out! The water was wild but the afternoon sun and wind were great. I found a nice cafe to have a late lunch and returned to Springbank.

I thought the weekend was going to be free so I could finish my resume which keeps getting postponed because I end up cooking more because we lost the weekend cook. The sabbatical group is going to be in Charleston this weekend so I was prepared to opt out of dinner Saturday and Sunday with the staff so I could have extra time to my self - not like I don't have enough but it seems the agenda keeps changing because this place is so short staffed.

I am on for dinner tonight - Friday and then Tuesday. I went over to Theresa's to find out how many people for Tuesday dinner since the sabbatical folks have a program and that is when I found out a group was comming in to use the facilities and we needed to cook for them. So that meant I need to cook Sunday dinner which generally means a good meal before they leave. I have decided to do macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, lettuce salad and then a fruit salad with brownies. Tonight I am preparing a cabbage soup, egg salad and them we have left over tofu loaf with mushroom gravy that I made the other night as well as corn plus chocolate pudding, cookies and a few pieces of a rhubarb, strawberry pie. I have spent most of this day getting ready for tonight, Sunday and the preparing a menu for Tuesday.

Tuesday is one of the sabbatical folks birthday so I am going to prepare grilled salmon with my famous baked mashed potatoes with something extra, green beans, salad and then one of the staff is doing keyline pie for dessert.

Doesn't sound much like gardening does it? Oh well I know this the rest of the time is going to be for me because that is what I came for - to have time for myself.

So off I go to see about the garden beds as there is severe weather coming our way which is not typical for this part of South Carolina.

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