During my recent (11-17 February) stay with old friends on Grand Cayman, we paid a second visit to the island’s ancient north/south pathway ,the Mastic Trail.
As before our guide was the distinguished authority, Mr. Geddes Hislop , who possesses an absolutely encyclopaedic knowledge of the flora and fauna we encountered on the way.
Although only two thirds of the Trail have been reclaimed – many bravos to the Sunday volunteers – from the damage inflicted on the island’s interior by Hurricane Ivan, the sheer variety of the wildlife of all kinds – birds ,lizards ,plants trees and flowers provide the eco-curious visitor with a unique insight into Cayman’s rich natural resources.
I hope that the whole of the pathway will soon be reopened and that in the months and years to come the ancient forest will recover the glory of its dense canopy.
Meantime, I ‘d like to commend the Trail wholeheartedly to visitors with a yen to be just a mite adventurous. In every way this is not just a Caymanian land mark; it’s a great trove of natural treasure.
Andrew Hewson London