|Beautiful Southern Cross Club (Owen Island, in the distance on|
the right, is where we got married!)
We stayed on the top floor of the green building this time.
|The Twin Otter at Little Cayman Airport|
The diving in Little Cayman was just good, awesome Caribbean diving. Instead of telling you more about it, I'll show you through Todd's photos:
|Ellen in a swim through|
|Bill and a turtle|
|I show off a swell Decorator Crab|
|I'm all up in this turtle's personal space|
|That's me along Bloody Bay Wall|
|Team Southern Cross at the Sister Islands Cooking Competition|
The cooking competition was held at Little Cayman Beach Resort, which is about a quarter mile up the road. It's totally walkable, but we ended up piling into the Southern Cross Club van for a ride. It was pretty funny, since the van wasn't big enough to hold all of us. We squeezed in, but it was like a clown car.
|Clown Car! By the way, I AM wearing a shirt, it's just a halter top and my|
hair is covering the strings...
|Missing a couple of dives isn't so bad when this is the alternative...|
Since we didn't get to have our wedding dinner on our anniversary, we thought we would do it on July 3, but there was another couple having a private beach dinner that night (and it was their last night in the resort), so we decided to do it on July 5. In the meantime, it was time for the 4th of July!
|Me, on the 4th of July|
We always have a great time on July 4th in Little Cayman. Yes, they celebrate US Independence Day there, because there are so many Americans on the island and because, frankly, it is an opportunity to party. Peter, who owns Southern Cross Club, enjoys pyrotechnics as a hobby, so when the time came, he just pulled up his pickup and started shooting off fireworks on the beach. We sat on the pier and watched, and it was great!
|Ellen and Todd try out paddle boarding|
Photo Courtesy of Ellen Tate
So, we were down to our very last evening on the island. We had planned a sunset cruise out on the lagoon, which meant that all of the resort guests were on the barge, with lights, hors d'oevres, beer and wine. It was a lovely happy hour. It wasn't much of a sunset though -- the clouds had come out and the wind had picked up. I was nervous that our dinner would be another rain out. However, the rain held off and we ended up having a lovely candlelit dinner on the beach. While we were having dinner, our friends all came out and sang "Happy Anniversary To You," which was so awesome. We went to meet them on the pier after dinner (as we usually did) and right as we walked up, it started to rain.
|Todd and me on the Sunset Cruise during our anniversary celebration.|
(The necklace I'm wearing was an anniversary gift from Todd!)
|Our group on the sunset cruise, plus divemaster Alycia & Bartender Fernando|
(Fernando's first day working at SCC was the day we arrived!)
Photo courtesy of Mike Schmidt
The whole trip was like a whirlwind, where I couldn't believe that it was over so soon. It was as if we'd just arrived! We headed home.
We had a little trouble getting in to Baltimore. We circled BWI for almost an hour waiting for a thunderstorm to pass (I guess the weather we'd had the last couple of days in Cayman was all the way up the coast, too). The captain came on and told us we were going to maybe need to land at Dulles. We waited some more. He came on again, and said we were going to land in Baltimore right then! Get your tray tables up! Hurry, hurry! I turned off my kindle and waited. We kept circling. I shrugged and started reading again. The captain came on and said that there was a microburst at BWI, and we would maybe need to land at Dulles. Not two minutes passed and he came on again, saying we were cleared to land at BWI. We kept circling. I saw the airport get further away. Sure enough, we were heading to Dulles and landed there a few minutes later.
Now, I thought we'd be stuck there and bussed to BWI (an hour or more drive for those not familiar with the area), as my sister had happen once. We were at the terminal, but we weren't permitted to leave the plane and get back on. I then was more worried that we would be stuck for hours. However, it ended up being only about an hour and then we took off and flew the 15 minutes or so to BWI. We got home pretty late, but Southwest handled it well.
(We fly Southwest to Tampa, then switch to Cayman Airways in Tampa, and this avoids paying all baggage fees)
It was a great trip. I love Little Cayman and feel so lucky that we have gotten to visit there five times. Once again, happy anniversary to Todd - my husband and my best friend. It's been two wonderful years!
|Me, in a chimney|
|Todd was taking a photo of the structure in the background, called Randy's Gazebo,|
but the Groupers (who I always say are like dogs) wouldn't stop getting in the photos.
It was like the squirrel!
|See what I mean?|
|Divemaster Mike in silhouette|
|Gerry and Gumby!|