Kane and Jix were a couple of wild women. One day they decided it would be a good idea to drive around an island where everyone drives on the left side of the road. "Yes", they said "that would be a very good idea." So the picked an island that has very few stop lights, one where most of the intersections are roundabouts. "Yes", they said, "roundabouts are an excellent idea". So off they went in a rented car with the steering wheel on the right. "Let's take lots of maps", they said. So they did.
We started out with a short jaunt down the main road to a breakfast spot known for it's hash. On the way out of the Marriott driveway someone banged the car into the left side curb hard enough to crack the plastic hubcap. Luckily they had decided to splurge on the "extra" insurance coverage. We got to Cimbocco and learned they only have hash on the weekends, so we had fruit and french toast. Then we were on our way to the Queen Eliz 2 Botanical gardens in the middle of the island. Finding our way from the west side to the road that runs along the south side of the island took some time and some backtracking, but we made it. Then we traveled along the south shore for a while til turning north on Frank Sound Rd. When we got there we learned that the part of the park where you can see the giant blue iguanas and learn about the conservation efforts on their behalf was closed. The rest of the park was beautiful with all sorts of different plants, many with beautiful flowers. The special orchid area was disapointing because it too late in the season and most had finished blooming. We did see some smaller iguanas, parrots, butterflies, dragon flies and other water birds.
From there we decided to continue north to the north shore and went all the way out on the western point to Cayman Kai. We stopped at a small public beach access area and waded a bit. It was interesting to see different parts of the island. We saw lots of places for rent and for sale. Olive says everything is for sale in the Caymans, at the right price. We headed back along the north shore and stopped at a place called Over the Edge. A simple open air restaurant with a deck that is built literally over the edge of the waterfront. We had spicy peel and eat shrimp and sandwiches. Good food with pleasant service. So relaxing to sit and watch the water while you eat. No hurry. In fact we didn't know or care what time it was all day. That's a real luxury. By the time we got back into Georgetown, we could tell by the traffic that it was the end of the work day. We stopped at Kirk supermarket, way nicer than the one I had gone to earlier in the week. Got a few snacks and a jug of water and headed home.
The driving was a little nerve wracking at first, especially getting out of town and figuring out how to use the roundabouts. But once we got past 7 Mile Beach and Georgetown, the traffic thinned out and it wasn't bad. Had a drink at the bar then a little rest. We are looking at a swim with the dolphins tomorrow or Wed. It's so nice here, just wander around in shorts and sandals, so warm, the water so beautiful. On the way home we passed the residence hall for St Matthew's University. Looked it up and it's a combo medical/veterinary school. What a hoot.