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26 April, 2020

Do You Know Who You Are?

All good things must come to an end...for reasons I'll never know, understand or accept but we used our last two days on islands for every last gorgeous sea-salt soaked drop they were worth.  Lina spent her morning at the Blue Iguana sanctuary and out on one of the nature reserves here doing her networking thanggg and whilst not quite in the same badass range as her, I too spent my morning amongst the animals of Cayman at Spott's Beach.

Last time we were here, I remember us not having seen any but I also want to say that it was very, very windy and the waves were quite rough so we'd only tried our luck from land.  This time around, although quite windy, the waves weren't that bad so I swam half the length of the beach in the hopes of spotting but a single turtle.  Patience is a virtue!! Almost out at the reef and a ways away from my starting point I saw not one, not two, but six friggin turtles!!! Incredible.  I tried to give them space, continuously swimming backwards but these little guys wanted to get up close and personal!  Watching them graze, looking into their gentle eyes, swimming out in their natural habitat...encountering wild animals that allow you to share their space, their home, is one of the most remarkable experiences.  Thank you little dudes!! You rounded off an amazing trip on an amazing high note!

Now, some of you may not know this but Lina has a pretty deeply-rooted fear of the ocean that's only grown in the past couple of years.  She took some great steps whilst being here, coming out for a swim and even snorkelling a little bit with Helene but we didn't want to push her.  She was dropped off at Spotts and on a high after one hell of a morning with some cool creatures and equally as cool individuals who've dedicated their lives to studying and protecting them.

After basically squealing out how her morning had gone, I flipped out over my own recent encounter and she decided she'd give it a go!! We walked the length of the beach until we got to roughly where I thought I'd been swimming when I'd last spotted the turtles about 45 minutes prior.  There was no guarantee and to get out there, we had to swim through a fair amount of sea grass but it was still decently close to shore so we gave it a go.  Once we got out there, Lina told me she couldn't do it after all and had to go back in.  Back on dry land, I proposed an idea as to a plan.  She could wait on shore and I would go out and have a look around to see if I might be lucky enough to spot one more turtle friend, and flag her down in the hopes that she could and would be willing to swim out to where I was to come and say hi.  Would you believe our luck? I BLOODY FOUND HER A TURTLE.  Almost a full month later and I'm still in awe as to how lucky we were here man.  I'm so happy she got to have this experience and am so very proud of her for facing her fears!  That's my girl!!

We bid farewell to Seven Mile Beach, enjoyed one more seaside meal out at Macabuca, awoke to the bright green leaves, outlined in golden shimmer from the rising sun, had some colouring time with Louie, and suddenly it was time to wave goodbye and with tear-stained cheeks, return to our homes on the East Coast.  This family sucks at goodbyes and Louie really knows how to yank on those heart strings!! What started off as a casual colouring session wound up with him making a good ten drawings for us to take home, "So when you look at them you can remember me and miss me." I'M NOT CRYING, I'M BAWLING!!!

Thank you Cayman for letting us into your sweet, loving, magical Paradise.  This time around, I'm leaving lighter and brighter than when I came and I am so thankful.

Until next time!!


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