Outdoor Sites to See in the Cayman Islands

Stingray City pic

Stingray City
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A graduate of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School with a master of science in management, Allen Fitzsimmons of Belchertown, MA, is the CEO of Transitioning Forward, a business that appraises items for resale for those who are moving, down-sizing, or selling an estate. In his free time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys traveling to beach destinations, including the Cayman Islands, which offer a number of beautiful sites to see. The following are just a few.

Stingray City. Located on Grand Cayman Island, Stingray City features a shallow sandbar where visitors can feed Atlantic Southern stingrays. The area also gives tourists the opportunity to explore the waters while scuba diving, snorkeling, or taking a trip aboard a glass-bottom boat.

Smith’s Cove. With crystal clear water, Smith’s Cove is just south of George Town and is ideal for diving and snorkeling, giving visitors the opportunity to see coral reefs, sea fans, colorful sponges, and tropical fish.

Bloody Bay Marine Park. Located on Little Cayman Island, Bloody Bay Marine Park features a coral wall that drops over 5,000 feet below sea level. The park attracts both beginners and experienced scuba divers and offers views of sea life such as stingrays, sharks, and turtles at just 100 feet below sea level.

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Things to Do in the Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach pic

Seven Mile Beach
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Since 2013, Allen Fitzsimmons has assisted people through his company, Transitioning Forward, which offers appraisal and sales services for client assets. In his free time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys travelling to warm places, including Hawaii and the Cayman Islands.

Most visitors to the Cayman Islands are searching for a warm beach getaway—which is what they’ll get! Here are some top destinations in the Cayman Islands:

1) Seven Mile Beach. A public beach north of George Town on Grand Cayman Island, this has long been considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It is one of the best places to snorkel, with clear water and plenty of fish and coral to spot.

2) Stingray City. Also found on Grand Cayman Island, Stingray City is definitely for tourists, but it is well worth a visit. The attraction is a shallow sandbar where visitors can interact with stingrays in a relatively controlled and safe environment under the supervision of instructors.

3) Mastic Trail. Nature lovers will relish in this 200-year-old path that winds through a forest and mangrove swamp, providing access to some of the island’s most brilliant plant life. The hike can be challenging for beginners, but visitors can hike alone or pay for a guided tour.

The Norwottuck Rail Trail

 

Norwottuck Rail Trail pic

Norwottuck Rail Trail
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Allen Fitzsimmons, of Belchertown, Massachusetts, is the CEO and founder of Transitioning Forward. His organization provides appraisal, inventory, and selling services for clients who are downsizing, moving, or settling estates. Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, cycling, and exploring the trails around Belchertown.

The Norwottuck Rail Trail stretches from Northampton to Belchertown along the former Boston and Maine Railroad. Classified as “easy,” bikers, walkers, and inline skaters can all enjoy 11 miles of paved trail. During the winter, the trail can also be used for cross-country skiing.

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is open from dawn until dusk and asks that visitors adhere to the rules of the road, heeding stop signs and speed limits. Visitors should also give verbal warnings to others when desiring to pass.

Partial support for the Norwottuck Rail Trail is funded by the Mass in Motion-Healthy Hampshire initiative. This initiative promotes healthy lifestyles and environments, as well as habits that contribute to healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Belchertown is a participant in the initiative, a collaborative effort which also includes the nearby communities of Amherst, Northampton, and Williamsburg.

Keys to Improving Velocity in the Tennis Serve

United States Professional Tennis Association pic

United States Professional Tennis Association
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A respected Belchertown, MA, entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons leads Transitioning Forward as CEO and provides estate inventory, appraisal, and sales solutions. Also certified as a USPTA tennis instructor, Allen Fitzsimmons has held positions as pro at a number of New England tennis clubs and taught players of all levels how to improve their games.

In today’s fast-paced game, one of the keys to success on the court is having high velocity on the serve. The wrong approach involves relying on muscle power, which consumes a lot of effort while failing to generate a serve that threatens the opponent. To attain an optimal speed, right-handed players begin with a toss that is in front of the body and slightly to the right.

Maintain a stance in which the back is not facing the court at the beginning of the serving motion. Rather, coil to a comfortable level and bend the knees deeply to maximize your movement into the shot. Remember that a significant amount of speed is generated, not from whole arm movement, but from the whip-like motion of the wrist just before the racquet hits the ball.

A key question is how far to bring the racket back and this ranges from the classic full wind up of a Pete Sampras to the shortened, jerky movement of an Andy Roddick. The key is to find a balance between exerting maximum force and retaining control, in order to stay within the lines a high percentage of the time.