Stingray City, Cayman Islands Boat Trip

Stingray in Grand Cayman

The weather on my trip to the Cayman Islands was not too cooperative, but to my delight the yacht to Stingray City hadn’t been cancelled. Stingray City is a group of sand bars located in Grand Cayman’s north sound. Decades ago fisherman would clean their catch in the shallow water and Southern Stingrays would hang around for the food. Now they associate the sound of a boat with food and happily hang out with anyone who visits in the hope of receiving a treat.

As we left Camana Bay Harbor, we passed through a sound lined with trees that hung low over the water. To my surprise, Iguanas prefer to bask in the sun in the branches and I was able to get very close to some of the scaly little (huge) dudes that I’d been chasing most of the trip.

Venturing into open waters, a Sun Dog (halo) appeared around the sun. The captain said it happens when the moisture in the air is just right to form a full circle rainbow around the sun. They’re not easy to spot with a naked eye, but with sunglasses are more evident. And not every Sun Dog is the same, if you are standing right next to someone you will both see something different.

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Horseback Riding on the Beach

Riding horses on the beach in Grand Cayman

I grew up around horses, and although I don’t get to ride much today, horseback riding is still one of my favorite activities. On a recent trip to the Cayman Islands I was invited to go for a ride on the beach, how could I say no? I didn’t.

The drive to the horses was peaceful, the town seemed smaller away from the resort. I’m told that the house above is well over 100 years old, and is a traditional Caymanian style home. When we arrive, Detroit is waiting for me. I stopped for a second to look at his friend with different colored eyes on my way over.

The weather was gloomy, Hurricane Joaquin loomed in the distance. We began our ride and the rain started to fall. It was a light and was a welcomed cool down in the humidity. We headed for the beach, but didn’t make it far before lightening struck and rain poured in the distance. We decided it was better to head back and stay safe in case one of the horses were spooked. Or, even worse, we found out what it’s like to be the tallest person on the beach.

After we rode back to the stables we showed the horses some love and called it a day.

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Spinach Smoothie, Healthy for Fall

Spinach Smoothie Recipe for Fall

I know that everyone raves about pumpkin in the fall, but it’s really not my thing. Lately I’ve been into this delicious spinach smoothie recipe my friend Judy shared with me. And lucky you, she gave me permission to share with you too! The taste is very mild, and it isn’t too cold to drink right away. It reminds me of a frothier version of green juice, and it’s only roughly 60 calories per serving.

(serves 4. 5 minutes total.)

1c Water
1c Ice
2 Bananas (medium)
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
Juice of 1 Lemon (or a splash of lemon juice)

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Welcome to Hej Doll!

Jessica Doll of Hej Doll. A travel, life, and style blog.

Welcome to hej doll!

I’m Jessica Doll, a professional photographer, avid traveler, and stylish mama living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

hej doll (hi doll) is my blog about travel, life, and style. In the past you may have known me as Team Wiking, but over the last year the focus has been less on personal posts about my family, and more about our lifestyle in California and beyond.

I travel often, sometimes with my family, sometimes alone, sometimes with only the kids, and sometimes with just my husband and I. My favorite thing about travel is what you learn along the way. I enjoy everything about it, from flying to packing.

Our Travels – This is all of our travels as a family, alone, or otherwise laid out in a helpful map.

Travel Light – Started in 2012, this series aims to help you pack stylishly for your trips in a carry on.

City Guides – Favorite things to eat, see, and do in various places.

Snapshots – Instead of traditional reviews, I show more intimate details…

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