Another catch up blog…
One of the required work activities for new hires is a Scavenger Hunt. I don’t know who came up with this list, but they are devious, wicked and they were probably snickering when they heard we had our hunt day.
So a bit about Grand Cayman. It is comprised of five districts. George Town, which is the main city and the area which most tourists are familiar with, West Bay – which is another pretty well known location due to Hell and the Turtle Farm being in that area. Bodden Town lies just east of George Town, beyond that is East End. Last is North Side, also familiar to some tourists due to the Rum Point club being located there.
Armed with maps, guide books, a radio, cell phones and our lists of places to find, Candi and I loaded up and headed out to find things like The Liar’s Tree, Spott’s Jetty, Mostyn’s Esso, the South Sound Rugby Club, Welly’s Cool Spot and Wreck of the Ten Sails Monument (just to name a few). Some of the places would be easy to find, The Turtle Farm, different police substations, Pedro St. James… Then there were some places that even locals had never heard of.
So off we went. We decided to start in the West Bay district. We would work our way south from there, then to the east and hit the northern district last. There was a distinct reason for this. I wanted to be on the north side of the island with a clear view of the west to get pictures of the sunset while relaxing in a hammock. My plan, however, had to be altered. More on that later.
West Bay isn’t that big of an area. Downtown Brunswick is larger. However when you aren’t familiar with the area, it is possible to spend 2 hours trying to find obscure landmarks. The rule of the scavenger hunt was that we had to talk to locals for directions and take pictures at each location. I won’t post every picture, but I’ll give a decent showing of some of the places we went. I only wish I had also gotten a picture of Junior, the very nice crackhead who gave us directions to the Liar’s Tree.
George Town was the only district that we missed a location and that was due to road construction. We also had to return to George Town after going to the North Side because we were originally missing two places from our first run through. Our savior for that area was Denise Bodden, a lady who works in the Visitor Bureau.
Bodden Town was easy to locate our places from because we had already ridden through the area the weekend prior to the hunt. We just didn’t know at that time what we would eventually be looking for.
If I could chose any district on the island to live in, it would be East End. It’s gorgeous, things are more spread apart. It’s not a terrible ride and the commute wouldn’t be terrible for the hours I will be working on shift. I’m trying to find something in that neck of the woods. Thanks to a helpful person and Google, we were able to locate everything. Oh! And we found the prettiest beach on the island. I can see myself spending a lot of time there.
I plan on exploring the North Side a bit more tomorrow as I will be going to the Botanic Garden to do some photography and walking about. This will also be a good place to bring visitors when y’all come see me.
We had to circle back around and hit a few more spots, but this was another favorite place of mine, Spott’s Jetty.
And after 8 hours we managed to locate all but one place. 8 hours on a 22 mile long island. It was a very long but fun day.