I was so excited to hear that my Dad, Charlie, his girlfriend, Colette, and my sister, Lydia, were coming to the Cayman Islands to visit for 5 days. In that short amount of time I tried to give them insight into every aspect of life, culture, and terrain of the Cayman’s.
Stingray City is one of Grand Cayman’s most popular attractions. Curious and hungry stingrays circle around you, grazing your legs, and even letting you hold them occasionally. This was an obvious choice on the to-do list with the family, as you can’t experience this proximity with stingrays anywhere else in the world… safely anyway.
Dixie and I had an interesting opportunity to paint a large format painting (4 feet by 5 feet) for the backdrop of the stage for a local party event called Zen, with the Black Eyed Peas DJ as the main event. Unfortunately, the show was Friday, my dad arrived on Tuesday, and we had to get these paintings done in that time. Luckily, my dad is pretty good at painting so he contributed. We immediately went to work the first night they were here, and had it done in time for the show. Dixie also did a painting of a fish, and sold it to the CEO of Virgin Productions for $800. Yeah. Woah. Total we spent somewhere from 30-50 hours on each individual painting.
My dad and Colette are both landscape designers and contractors, so I figured the Queen Elizabth II Botanical Garden would be a good attraction for them.
My dad and I got SCUBA certified in December, knowing that the Cayman Islands have top notch diving, so that sat high on the to-do list. We dove Sunset House which is a well known spot because there is a 15foot mermaid statue 60 feet below the surface that creates a wonderful photo opportunity. My dad got to know the mermaid pretty well…
Debatably my favorite spot on the island is Pedro’s Bluff, which is a series of cliffs and rock outcroppings right on the ocean, ranging from 20 – 50 feet above the water. On a calm day, they provide an invigorating opportunity to take a leap of faith.
Everyone in the family did it! Even dad hucked his 200+ pounds off the cliff. When he landed there was a moment of shere terror, until he surfaced and yelled, “YEAH BABY!” This was quickly followed by cheering screams of relief.
Dixie and I had a chance to take out a hobie cat and sail around.