I will start with a disclaimer - this post is seriously overloaded with pictures. Please forgive me - I had 195 images from Saturday and narrowed it down to 30 for the blog. That's pretty good, right? Now that you've been warned...
I just love sleeping in on Saturdays. No alarm clock, no plans. We were out of milk so Brent made his famous scrambled eggs. Realizing we had the day wide open, we decided to explore Grand Cayman's East End. This is something I've wanted to do for a while. We've been to Rum Point a couple times, but have always gone by boat. When we decided to move to GC, Brent's parents gave us a portable Frommer's Guide that has a great East End driving tour. We packed up towels, snorkels, snacks, and sunblock, then headed out!
After taking the customary "outside the car" road trip pictures, Brent realized he had locked his keys inside the car. So for our first adventure of the day, we broke into the apartment.
Who doesn't like to start their day with a little breaking and entering? It was probably an omen, but we were not deterred! Back in the car, we popped in the CD we made that morning and starting jamming to some Bob Marley.
Stopping for gas, you can tell Walter is really excited about our road trip:
Driving through George Town, we spotted this fun cruise ship. In true tourist style, I couldn't resist snapping a shot from the car window.
Our first stop was Smith Barcadere (aka Smith's Cove). Brent and I stumbled across this beach our first weekend in Grand Cayman, but it was fun returning with Walter. He loved exploring every nook and cranny of those rocks.
Our second stop was Spotts Beach (we skipped the Village of Prospect). The only time I've been to Spotts was when we were picking up and dropping off the Swartzentrubers Cruise Clan. Cruise ships dock at Spotts when it's too rocky to come into George Town. It was packed with people and taxis last time we were here, but it was EMPTY on Saturday. It's not the prettiest beach, but there's lots of room to run!
Hey there, good-looking :)
Playing in the waves
Back in the car we just had a couple more stops till we reached Rum Point. We had just entered Bodden Town, when we heard a loud popping. Sure enough....
Our second adventure of the day - changing a blown out tire. Our car was missing a couple items necessary for the job, but Brent met a nice Caymanian who gave us a hand.
The next picture is when Brent realized the tire was a BFGoodrich (which is owned by Michelin). Talk about adding insult to injury. Brent said, "I'm going to have to talk to my dad about this."
At least the view was scenic!
Walter and I did our best to stay cool. There was a fence that provided about a foot of shade, and that's where we waited. I ended up putting on the cowboy hat...Walter ended up under the car.
After an hour's work, my hero had us back on the road. We weren't at all discouraged, in fact the "adventure" made our road trip even more fun. But we decided to cut the driving tour short for the day and head back the Governor's Beach for our picnic.
Check out the reflection in Brent's glasses. I'd take that view any day.
Loving on the cooler Joelle gave us for Christmas
That night we decided to test out the grill we got from the Stricklands (they "upgraded" to a charcoal one and we decided nothing could be worse than our grill in Cincinnati). I thawed some frozen Mahi Mahi and let the grill master do his thing.
Taking a peek at the finished product...
...it looks good!
Absolutely delicious, and so easy too! Despite our setbacks, it was such a fun day. This one will be treasured for a long, long time.