Rays of Summer

With the sun going down on Summer and Fall coming up in just a few weeks, I can't help but think of all the amazing summer memories I've had!  One of my favorites, and at the top of my list of vacation destinations, is Grand Cayman.

 
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Between the close proximity to Miami - literally only about a 90min plane ride - the beautiful beaches, warm water, amazing food, and some of my favorite activities, Cayman holds a special place in my heart.  You're probably now wondering what are some of my favorite activities? Don't worry I won't keep you hanging ;)  

Speaking of hanging, one of my all time favorite things to do is ZIP LINE, where you basically are attached to a cable hanging in the sky, and you "fly" or at least the second closest thing to flying (outside of skydiving!)

 
 

So back to Cayman... one of the most exciting, coolest things I've ever done, is swimming with stingrays in Stingray City in Grand Cayman.  Stingrays you ask?!  Yes - absolutely!!   And not just one or two rays, but dozens of them from little ones to some as big as your arm span!  

 
 

I'm a bit of a small package, so I initially had to get over the fact that they weren't going to eat me  Once you get past the initial fear of these giant creatures - which do in fact have a possibly deadly built-in barb - it truly is such an exciting experience, as long as you behave (oh behaaave!).  Follow the guidelines, shuffle your feet (instead of stomping up and down), don't swim above them, etc, and you realize they are very used to human interaction and are not to be feared.  They are actually friendly, smooth as velvet, and you can hug them and even give them a big kiss, for what many believe will bring 7 years of good luck!  Definitely worth a try ;) 

 
 

Want to know more of the awesome Grand Cayman goodies?  I also got to visit with the rare blue iguana!  I actually grew up at home with a tortoise, reptile friends like frogs and salamanders, and an iguana!  Needless to say, it was cool to visit with such a rare cousin of the iguanas many of us south Floridians are used to seeing! 

 
 

I've saved the best for last.. yes - it's me in a blow-up hamster ball in the ocean, and it is so much harder than it looks!!  Quite the exercise but a guaranteed laugh while attempting to stay vertical! :P  I'm sure hamsters would beat any human in a triathalon :D  The hamster ball is not limited to Grand Cayman, but that was just the first time I ever did it!  Have you tried?  Were you able to run around in it? 

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That's all for now folks, hope you enjoyed my trip through Grand Cayman! 

Questions, comments or fun summer memories of your own?! Let me know below! :)