FC: Our Camana Bay Adventure By Justin, Chase, and Grayson (Also known as the Tridents)
1: Every December we go on a trip to Grand Cayman. Once we are there, we have a routine. Every day we take a walk with Uncle Justin to Camana Bay.
2: The Story of Theseus Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived a king named Minos. King Minos lived on a lovely island called Crete. King Minos had a powerful navy, a beautiful daughter, and a really big palace. Still, now and then, King Minos grew bored. Whenever King Minos was bored, he took his navy and attacked Athens, a town on the other side of the sea. In desperation, the king of Athens offered King Minos a deal. If Minos would leave Athens alone, Athens would send seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls to Crete every nine years to be eaten by the Minotaur. The Minotaur was a horrible monster that lived in the center of a huge maze on the island of Crete. King Minos loved that old monster. He did like to give his monster a treat now and then. He knew his people would prefer he fed his monster Athenian children rather than ... well, after thinking it over, King Minos took the deal. Nine years passed swiftly. It was just about time for Athens to send seven boys and seven girls to Crete to be eaten by the Minotaur. Everyone in Athens was crying. Prince Theseus of Athens was very young. He knew that a deal was a deal. But he was sure it was wrong to send small children to be eaten by a monster just to avoid a battle with King Minos. Prince Theseus told his father (the king) that he was going to Crete as the seventh son of Athens. He was going to kill the Minotaur and end the terror. "The Minotaur is a terrible monster! What makes you think you can kill it?" cried his father. "I'll find a way," Theseus replied gently. "The gods will help me." His father begged him not to go. But the prince took his place as the seventh Athenian boy. Along with six other Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls, Prince Theseus sailed towards Crete. When the prince and the children arrived on the island of Crete, King Minos and his daughter, the Princess Ariadne, came out to greet them. The king told the children that they would not be eaten until the next day and to enjoy themselves in the palace in the meantime. The Princess Ariadne did not say anything. But her eyes narrowed thoughtfully. Late that night, she wrote Prince Theseus a note and slipped it under his bedroom door.
3: Dear Theseus (Ariadne wrote) I am a beautiful princess as you probably noticed the minute you saw me. I am also a very bored princess. Without my help, the Minotaur will surely gobble you up. I know a trick or two that will save your life. If I help you kill the monster, you must promise to take me away from this tiny island so that others can admire my beauty. If interested in this deal, meet me by the gate to the Labyrinth in one hour. Yours very truly, Princess Ariadne | Prince Theseus slipped out of the palace and waited patiently by the gate. Princess Ariadne finally showed up. In her hands, she carried a sword and a ball of string. Ariadne gave the sword and the ball of string to Prince Theseus. "Hide these inside the entrance to the maze. Tomorrow, when you and the other children from Athens enter the Labyrinth, wait until the gate is closed, then tie the string to the door. Unroll it as you move through the maze. That way, you can find your way back again. The sword, well, you know what to do with the sword," she laughed. Theseus thanked the princess for her kindness. "Don't forget, now," she cautioned Theseus. "You must take me with you so that all the people can marvel at my beauty. A deal is a deal." The next morning, the Athenian children, including Prince Theseus, were shoved into the maze. The door was locked firmly behind them. Following Ariadne's directions, Theseus tied one end of the string to the door. He told the children to stay by the door. Their job was to make sure the string stayed tied so that Theseus could find his way back. Theseus entered the maze alone.
4: First we have to walk on the sidewalk and across the street to get there. The cars in Cayman drive on the left side of road, so we have to make sure to check the other way before we cross. Then we have to decide if we want to walk on the sides of the path or down the middle. Sometimes Uncle Justin even carries us while he tells us a story.
5: The first stop when we arrive is at the coffee shop. Grayson and Chase like to run ahead of Uncle Justin! Chase and Grayson get juice, and Uncle Justin gets a soy chai. | Chase and Grayson split a cinnamon roll or a chocolate muffin. Can you guess which one Grayson picked?
6: The Story of Theseus Theseus found his way to the center of the maze. Using the sword Ariadne had given him, Theseus killed the monstrous beast. He followed the string back and knocked on the door. Princess Ariadne was waiting. She opened the door. Without anyone noticing, Prince Theseus and the children of Athens ran to their ship and sailed quietly away. Princess Ariadne sailed away with them. On the way home, they stopped for supplies on the tiny island of Naxos. Princess Ariadne insisted on coming ashore. There was nothing much to do on the island. Soon, she fell asleep. All the people gathered to watch the sleeping princess. She was a lovely sight indeed. Theseus sailed quietly away with the children of Athens and left her there, sleeping. After all, a deal is a deal.
7: Atalanta was a woman who was very good at all kinds of sports. She was a fast runner and a sharp-shooter and a strong wrestler and a great huntress. An oracle told Atalanta that she would be ruined if she got married, so she didn't want to get married. Atalanta said she would only marry a man who could beat her in a race. And if she won the race, she would kill the man who lost. | Many men came and raced Atalanta, but she beat all of them easily, and killed them one after the other. Then Hippomenes came to race Atalanta, and they fell in love. Atalanta begged Hippomenes not to race her, because then she'd have to kill him, but Hippomenes was determined to get her to marry him. | Hippomenes prayed to Aphrodite to help him win, and Aphrodite told him how to win with three golden apples that she gave him. During the race, Hippomenes threw down one of these golden apples from time to time, and Atalanta thought they were so cool that she stopped to pick them up, and so Hippomenes was able to win the race and marry Atalanta. | The Story of Atalanta
8: Next we race to the top of the tower! Uncle Justin likes to take the stairs, and Chase and Grayson take the elevator. On the way up, Chase and Grayson almost always win! | On the way down, Justin runs down the stairs and pushes all of the elevator buttons. Chase and Grayson have to stop on every floor! You can guess who wins on the way down.
9: Once we arrive at the top of the tower, Uncle Justin continues telling us stories. Usually he tells us Greek myths. The best place to listen to stories is sitting on the bench next to Justin with our heads in his lap.
10: Once there was a good king, but he died. His bad brother killed him so that he could be king. The bad brother needed to get rid of the good king's wife (Danae) and baby (Perseus), but he was afraid to kill them too. So he put them in a wooden chest and he dropped the wooden chest in the ocean. After a long time they drifted ashore in a new kingdom. Perseus and his mother Danae stayed there while Perseus grew up. But after a while the king of the new place wanted to marry Danae, but she didn't want to marry him. This king wanted to get rid of Perseus for awhile so he could make Danae marry him. | So the king sent Perseus on a quest, to kill the monster Medusa and bring back her head. At first Perseus didn't know where to find Medusa, so he went and asked the three Fates. The Fates were very old and they only had one eye and one tooth between them and they took turns every day, passing the eye and the tooth between them. When Perseus came to them, at first they didn't want to tell him where Medusa was. But Perseus waited until they were passing the eye from one to another, and so none of them could see. Then he quick grabbed the eye! The Fates had to tell Perseus where Medusa was in order to get their eye back. Then Perseus met the god Hermes, who gave him winged sandals to wear so he could fly to where Medusa was, and fight from the air. And he met the goddess Athena, who gave him a sword and a shield. Athena told Perseus not to look at Medusa or her ugliness would turn him to stone. Instead he should use the shield as a mirror and look in that to cut off Medusa's head. | The Story of Perseus
11: So Perseus took the winged sandals and the sword and the sheld and he said thank you and he flew to where Medusa's cave was. She lived there with her two sisters who were ugly too like her. When Perseus got there all three sisters were asleep. Perseus remembered not to look at them and he looked in the shiny shield and cut off their heads – all three of them! Then Perseus took Medusa’s head and put it in a bag and flew away. | As Perseus was flying home he heard somebody screaming and crying so he flew down lower to see. It was a woman who was tied to a big rock on the edge of the ocean! Perseus saw that she was screaming because a huge sea monster was about to eat her up. So he flew down to the rock and just as the monster was about to get them he pulled Medusa’s head out of the bag and showed it to the monster and the monster turned into stone, just like that! So Perseus untied the woman. She said her name was Andromeda, and her father, who was king there, had tied her up there so the monster would take her and leave the rest of the family alone. | So Perseus took Andromeda with him back to his home. When Perseus finally did get home, he found that the bad king was still trying to get Danae to marry him. Perseus was angry about that, so he went right into the palace. The bad king asked Perseus why he had come back? And Perseus said because he had killed Medusa. The king laughed and said he didn’t believe it, so Perseus showed him Medusa’s head – and the king turned to stone too! So Perseus became the king, and he married Andromeda, and they all lived happily ever after.
12: Next we race onto the island. We can sit in the hammocks and swing while Uncle Justin tells us stories. One of the hammocks flips over if you aren't careful!
13: Grayson conquers the Magical Iguana of Camana! | The Magical Iguana wears the Life Preserver of Houdini. | Grayson conquers the Magical Iguana of Camana! | Chase buys the Life Preserver at Dunkin Donuts.
14: When Zeus came to the mountains, the wood nymphs rushed to embrace the jovial god. They played with him in icy waterfalls and laughed with him in lush green glades. Zeus’ wife, Hera, was very jealous, and often she searched the mountainside, looking for her husband. But whenever Hera came close to finding Zeus, a charming nymph named Echo stepped across her path. Echo chatted with Hera in a lively fashion and did whatever she could to distract Hera until Zeus and the other nymphs had escaped. Eventually Hera discovered that Echo had been tricking her, and she was enraged. “Your tongue has made a fool of me!” she shouted at Echo. “Henceforth, your voice will be more brief, my dear! You will always have the last word - but never the first. From that day on, poor Echo could only repeat words that others said. One day Echo spied a golden-haired youth hunting deer in the woods. The boy’s name was Narcissus, and he was the most beautiful young man in the forest. | When Echo first laid eyes upon Narcissus, her heart burned like the flame of a torch. She secretly followed him through the woods, loving him more with each step. She got closer and closer until finally Narcissus heard the leaves rustling. He whirled around and cried out, “Who’s here?” From behind a tree, Echo repeated his last word, “Here!” Narcissus looked about, “Who are you? Come to me!” he said. Narcissus searched the woods, but could not find the nymph. “Stop hiding! Let us meet!” he shouted. “Let us meet!” Echo cried. Then she stepped from behind the tree and rushed to hug Narcissus. But the youth panicked when the nymph flung her arms around his neck. He pushed her away and shouted, “Leave me alone! I’d rather die than let you love me!” “Love me!” was all poor Echo could say as she watched Narcissus run from her through the woods. “Love me! Love me! Love me!” Humiliated and filled with sorrow, Echo wandered the mountains until she found a lonely cave to live in. | The Story of Echo and Narcissus
15: Meanwhile Narcissus hunted in the woods, caring only about himself, until one day he discovered a hidden pool of water. The pool had a silvery-smooth surface. There were no other people or animals around. Only the sun danced upon the still pond. Tired from hunting and eager to drink, Narcissus lay on his stomach and leaned over the water. But when he looked at the glassy surface, he saw someone staring back at him. Narcissus fell in love with the person in the water. Looking at the face, he saw the most beautiful person in the world. When he reached out and tried to touch beauty, he found no one there. | “What love could be more cruel than this?” he cried. “When my lips kiss the beloved, they touch only water! When I reach for my beloved, I hold only water!” Narcissus began to weep. When he wiped away his tears, the person in the water also wiped away tears. “Oh, no,” sobbed Narcissus. “I see the truth now. I am in the person in the water! I am in love with my own reflection!” Day after day, Narcissus stared at the water, in love with his own reflection. He began to waste away from grief, until one sad morning, he felt himself dying. “Good-bye, my love!” he shouted to his reflection. | “Good-bye, my love!” Echo cried to Narcissus from her cave deep in the woods. Then Narcissus took his last breath. After he died, he turned into a beautiful flower with white petals and a yellow center. And alas, poor Echo, desolate after Narcissus’s death, did not eat or sleep. As she lay forlornly in her cave, all her beauty faded away, and she became very thin until her voice was all that was left. Thereafter, the lonely voice of Echo was heard in the mountains, repeating the last words anyone said. | Echo! Echo! Echo!
16: Next we walk on the docks and look for jellyfish. Chase saw the mother of all jellyfish, and Grayson saw the father of all jellyfish.
17: And now it's time for us to leave Camana Bay. Goodbye to the coffee shop, the tower, the island, the iguana, the jellyfish, and all of Uncle Justin's stories.
18: Once there was an old man named Hyrieus who longed to have a son. Zeus heard him and decided to help him. Hyrieus was given a bull’s hide and told to bury it under a window. Nine months later, a baby boy appeared on top of the hole. Hyrieus named the baby Orion. Hyrieus taught Orion everything he knew. Orion became a talented farmer and hunter. Orion was tall, strong and handsome, and he married a woman named Side. They were happy together, but Side thought she was more beautiful than anyone else. One day she said that she was more beautiful than Hera! Hera heard this and was very angry. Hera decided that Side had to be taught a lesson, so she asked Zeus to help her. Zeus didn’t want to help her at first, but Hera was his wife, and he knew he had to do what she said. He grabbed a lightning bolt and hurled it toward earth. He killed Side instantly. | Orion was very sad without Side, and so he decided he had to leave home and forget all of the things that made him depressed. His father would miss him, but he understood. He kissed his son one last time and Orion left with the two hunting dogs that he had raised from puppies. Orion had first went to a land called Chios. There he heard a story about giant rabbits on a nearby island called Leros. The rabbits ate all of the food and overtook people’s homes. The people who lived on Leros gave up and moved away, leaving the island to the giant rabbits. Orion had an idea. He told the people to gather all of their nets and weapons and come with him to the island of Leros. He had the people make a circle and kill all of the rabbits on the island. The people of Leros were able to return home to the island. Orion became their hero and all the young women fell in love with Orion. | When Orion came and asked to marry his daughter, Oenopion pretended to be happy. "Of course," he said, "I already accept you as a son. Let's drink to the happy occasion." He brought a large jug of wine and poured cup after cup until Orion became dizzy and passed out. As soon as Orion was passed out, Oenopion poked out Orion’s eyes and blinded him. Then Oenopion dragged Orion out to the beach and left him there with only his dogs—blind and helpless. Hephaestus, one of the gods, saw what happened and decided to help Orion. He sent his servant, a giant named Cedalion, to help him. Cedalion carried Orion to Helios, the god of the sun. Helios was a great healer, and he was able to restore Orion’s vision! Orion wanted to get revenge on Oenopion, but the man had hidden in a cave where Orion could not find him. Instead, Orion began hunting by himself all of the time. | The Story of Orion
19: One day he heard a woman call to him, "Orion. Orion, turn around. I think I love you." When he turned he saw the goddess named Artemis. "Don't you know me?" she asked. "I'm Artemis. I have never loved a man before, but I can tell that we were meant to be together." Orion agreed that they were alike. He loved her more deeply than he ever believed possible and together they roamed the forests and hunted. "I am so happy I could kill every beast on Earth," he shouted for the whole world to hear. Poor, foolish Orion didn't mean what he said, but Mother Earth didn't know that. She thought he meant to kill all her creatures, and so she sent a scorpion to kill Orion. At night, while Artemis was away carrying the moon through the sky, the scorpion lay in wait and stung the mighty hunter on his foot, killing Orion instantly. | Zeus placed Orion’s body in the sky so that Artemis could always see him. Then he made Orion's stars the brightest so that he would be easy for Artemis to find. So he would never be lonely, Zeus placed Orion's loyal hunting dogs with him in the sky and called them Canis Major and Canis Minor. Then Zeus placed Lepus, the hare, in the sky to honor Orion's service to the people of Leros. Finally he placed the scorpion in the sky to remind us that no one is too big or powerful not to be felled by another. "Please, father," Artemis called to Zeus, "keep Orion safe from the scorpion." Fulfilling his daughter's wish, Zeus rearranged the stars so when the scorpion rises in the east, Orion sets. Orion and the scorpion are never in the sky at the same time.
20: Whether it's tomorrow or next year, we will have our Camana Bay schedule again soon. Until then, the stories of Perseus, Theseus, Atalanta, Jason and the Argonauts, Bellerophon, the Odyssey, the Trojan War, Hercules, and so many more will just have to wait. We are so lucky to have so many fun times together!