The majority of the terrain on the hike of Hemmington Road (and on pretty much any walk on Cayman Brac)
Woke up at around 9am with hopes of the sight of the sun. The clouds had started to thin out a bit and the sun was trying to come through. The waves, however, hadn't gone down all that much, so swimming behind our house just wasn't going to happen. I mean, if it was sandy, sure...because there wouldn't be all that much of a chance of getting hurt. The thing was, the entire north shore of Cayman Brac
is all coral and rock. One slip on that and you'd be heading back into the house for some very large bandages.
While waiting for my mom to get up, my dad, sister and I went down the road a little to a cave we saw a sign for the evening before.
The sun attempting to break through the clouds
Halfway Ground Cave really wasn't much of anything. It was somewhere to go and explore instead of sitting around the house, wishing the water would calm down so we could snorkel, but it wasn't much as far as caves go. We spent maybe 10 minutes there and then headed back towards the house, where there was a hike called Hemmington Road. It started with five or six flights of stairs heading almost straight up the backbone of the island. The sign said the hike would be around an hour and a half round trip (or "return trip" as I guess they say on the Brac). We started on our way and soon realized that the entire hike would be on very sharp rock and limestone. Most of it was loose and the going was slow, so about 1/2 hour in, we decided to head back. The parts of the hike that we went through were pretty cool, though.
Beautiful little fish
There were very small cacti coming up through the rock all over and a few large sink holes and there was a pretty good view of our house from the top of the stairs.
We got back to the house, got my mom and then attempted to figure out what to do about the beach/snorkeling issues that the norwester brought with it. We hadn't really expected to have to leave our house to get some good snorkeling in, so we hadn't looked into anything else. This meant that it was time to drive around for a few hours, while we attempted to find somewhere calm enough to get in and see some fish. We went to the western most point of Cayman Brac that had a beautiful view and a little bit of sand, but it was still too rough to see anything. We eventually ended up at a strip of sand by The Captain's Table restaurant on the south shore of the Brac.
My dad with his conch
The south shore, which is supposed to be the rougher side of the island, is actually protected by a small reef, so the water right off shore was calm enough to swim in and even to see a few fish...not many, but a few, which was good enough. My dad and I went in and explored a bit...all over the floor, there were these little plant like creatures that, when you pushed water towards them or touched them, they would disappear within like a millisecond, leaving a small hole. The coolest thing that came out of the snorkeling was that my dad found a large conch moving around on the bottom, and dove down and got it for a sweet picture. Haha.