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Published: April 27th 2022
Sorry that we sort of left you hanging in Arizona - obviously we made it home, and helped lead an amazing Lutheran Marriage Encounter over the weekend, and then had one day to get ready for another adventure.
The day started early, awaking at 1:30 am to leave at 2am for Pittsburgh Airport in our one-way rental. Amazing how many trucks are on the roads at that time.
No problems checking in with all our proof-of-negative tests and vaccinations. But of course our hearts were heavy – for we should have been traveling with dear friends, who hadn’t been able to jump through all those hoops. Getting a covid test within 24 hours is really really tight, and we discovered only weeks ago that the rapid tests are in such short supply that CVS said “none within 100 miles of your location,” when we inquired We had used them without problem in December. Not every test is approved for international travel, and most websites are quite vague.
Planes stayed aloft and all was well. And it is always interesting to see the coastline of the Carolinas or wherever (Jean thinks there should be giant signs
facing upwards so we can identify such things), and Cuba for sure.
The first two flights were almost full, although we never had to share seats with others. Masks were not mandatory but we wore them on the planes. We actually did Pgh to Orlando, and all the young families got off, and then Orlando to Ft Lauderdale, and then about 1.5 hours to the Caymans. And there were only 26 people on that last flight, with 3 attendants (of course, sniff, sniff, there should have been 28).
The island was under big dark clouds when we arrived! But fortunately it was not raining when we actually disembarked, for it is down a movable set of metal stairs. Would they have waited for it to slow down?
It took a while to get the rental car , which ended up being WAY SMALLER than we could have managed 4 people in, then shopped the first visit to Foster’s (expensive island, this), and found our AirBnB on the southern coast (think of the island as shaped like a medieval slipper – we are along the bottom, maybe closer to the toe than the heel). It rained again for
10 minutes before we could empty the car.
2 cruise boats were anchored over at the capital of George Town. That’s good snorkeling, on what they call “Eden Rock.” We are about 40 mins drive from there. We drove past the area of our second AirBnB here, and then, continuing East, past our very first place, when we had nothing more than one bedroom with bathroom in a couple’s condo in early December.
After unpacking, we voted for a nap. The road in front of the place is busy, but the windows are well insulated and we weren’t bothered by any road noise. You can see from our screened in porch the front garden with its lovely variety of bougainvilleas, then the narrow street, some treed beach, and then the ocean. If you can see the white line out in the ocean, that’s the strip of reef that protects the water from the ocean waves. We think the water there, if similar to Spotts Beach down the way, is not very deep at all, so one can get up real close and personal to things. The hosts have picnic tables and kayaks over there, and we heard from
reviews that snorkeling is good, esp for turtles, so we shall see. It’s always difficult to do everything we want to do at once – tomorrow will be busy, and definitely in the ocean.
Ever watchful for birds, we ae going to lay claim so far to:
chickens (which are EVERYWHERE!! MUCH MORE SO THAN IN HAWAII!!)
2 types of swallows,
little blue heron.
We will TRY to include more than just fish for our non-fishy friends. Thank you for checking in.
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