Day 3: Castaway Cay

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Castaway Cay (pronounced 'key') is Disney's private island in the Bahamas. Yet being on the island with 2500 other people didn't feel so private. However, it was pretty big with many different beaches to choose from. We ventured over to the north end right next to the adults' beach and parked ourselves. Fortunately it warmed up quite soon and the water beckoned. Ian, Ben and I kicked around on some tubes and they tried their hand at a ropes course over the ocean while I watched. At mid-day the staff (40 of whom get to live on this exclusive island) cooked up a big barbecue lunch with chicken, ribs, burgers, hotdogs and all the fixins. Everyone did as much or as little activity as desired. At the day's end, everyone but myself and Papa Jim took part in swimming with the stingrays. Their barbs had been trimmed and they were quite docile but I was content to be the photographer.

Britney helped everyone get to know the stingrays..

Before you're allowed to snorkel and swim with them, everyone has to feed them a large portion of fresh squid.

"They feel like slimy velvet"

Ben's stingray "Brown Sugar"

The whole gang soakin up the sun

At the highest point of the island

LOVED this bike!

2500 of our best friends

All the boys sans Quinn. The teen club rated much higher than spending time with us.

Donald hasn't changed a bit. Notice the name of the post office manager above "May B. Tamara"