Friday, November 20, 2009

Grand Cayman - Mastic Trail

On another squeltering, sweaty day we hiked a good ways down the Mastic Trail, one of  the last remaining examples of the Carribbean's dry, sub-tropical, semi decidous dry forest, that is home to varieties of animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands.

It's always a surprise how the kids take to going on a hike. Earlier this year we took two hikes when we went to Kelly's Island in Ohio. One hike we had to practically carry them the entire time, the other hike they walked and climbed up steep hills almost the entire time. You just never know. I was hoping, praying really, that they would walk most the time because it was  H O T!!!!!!!

It turns out Alexa did walk most the time, and we only carried Jared about half the time. That's really saying a lot, too, because we hiked down the trail a lot further than I thought we would.

Alexa loved playing "leader" which really encouraged Jared to walk more on his own.

I realized afterwards that I didn't get too many good pictures of the fauna while we were hiking, only video. However, I really liked our family pics. Thanks to Alexa's photography skills, we were even able to get one of me, Steve, and Jared together.

Below is a picture of a huge (cockroach maybe ?) insect we saw while walking along the path. It might be hard to see in the picture, but it was laying on its back with its legs flayling in the air. It was in the same position when we headed back down the trail. I was for flipping the poor thing over, but Steve wasn't having any of that.

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