We haven’t typed a blog in a while, I am sorry. We were super busy jumping waterfalls and catching giant tuna and sword fish. Just kidding about the fish, but we did jump waterfalls.
After we left Provo, we went to Big Sand Cay. At the first sight of land, we saw whales. There were two pods of them. They splashed their tails out of the water and blew their spouts. After seeing the whales, a big pod of dolphins started jumping at the bow. We got to shore and explored the beach. There was a ton of good drift wood, and the rock formation was cool. There was a big bird (some kind of hawk) and a ton of lizards. The sand had the perfect texture to dig, so we dug some holes and put the drift wood in so that it was standing up.
Mikey and Katelyn lifting driftwood
Mikey collecting driftwood for a project
Big Sand Cay
Our boat at Big Sand Cay
Walking the windward side of Big Sand Cay
Shells we collected, but couldn’t take
Mikey and Katelyn
The kids climbed the rock structure and made a “house” and even decorated it
Katelyn giving me a tour of their “house”
You could see both sides of the island from here
Katelyn and our friend Evyn from our buddy boat “Marvyn”
Marley from our buddy boat “Marvyn” with her new pet lizard
Mike getting his tour of the “house”
The girls looking for crabs
Approaching the Dominican Republic
Waiting out a little rain storm before we entered Luperon’s harbor
The next day, we left the island and we did not see anything except a pod of whales. We had our fishing lines out, but did not catch anything. Once we got to Dominican Republic, we checked in and rested at Luperon Harbor. The water was super cloudy and there was no life. There were birds though, and the mountains were nice.
There were lots of stray dogs in Luperon, and they were all clean and very nice.
We loved eating at the marina in Luperon. Everyone was friendly, the food was really good, and it was cheap!
Mikey playing with the puppies
Katelyn loved seeing these puppies every morning
First calm day Mike went up to install the new wind instrument
Katelyn went up half way for fun
Mikey made it all the way to the top this time
Sunset in Luperon
The blow holes were impressive when a front came in from the north
The kids enjoyed getting soaked
Hiking in Luperon
Mikey in a cave
The beach by Luperon
walking back to the marina from the beach
Lunch at Patula’s
Owls on the branch
La Isabela’s museum. The site of Columbus’ first settlement in the Americas.
La Isabella. Our tour guide did not speak English.
None of the signs were in English, so we don’t know what they said, but they had some interesting pictures.
A re-creation of the first church in the Americas
A school having an independence parade
A rooster with training gloves on to train for cock fights.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the marina. There were two puppies that always go there everyday, and they were half a foot long. They were funny. After that, we met a kid boat that had French Canadians that could not speak English. We all went to the waterfalls. There were 27 waterfalls that you walked through, slid down, or jumped, and there was one fall that was 20 feet high. Half of the people did not jump off it. My mom, dad, and I jumped. The rest of the waterfalls were cool but not as fun. One guy ran, jumped, and landed on the scariest slide. We enjoyed the waterfalls so much, we went again when our friends on Pura Vida came (this time, everyone jumped off the high waterfall).
Hiking up to the waterfalls
It was a long, steep hike to the waterfalls
resting mid-hike to the waterfalls
Katelyn found a very large leaf
cows along the way to the waterfalls
The guides told us this was the ambulance for the waterfalls
Mikey going down the first falls
Katelyn getting ready to go down the first falls
Katelyn LOVED the falls!
Our friend, Annie going down a slide
We all loved the falls
The whole river was beautiful!
Mikey’s friend jumping
Floating to the next waterfall
Sometimes we had to walk
Those who did not want to jump the 20-foot waterfall had to climb down the “ladder of shame”
The last waterfall
Nothing but the best rental water shoes for our kids!
In Dominican Republic, they grow all of their fruits and vegetables and there are so many trucks driving around with fresh food. There are cows walking around on the sidewalk, dogs on roofs, people walking around with machetes, and kids on motorcycles. Everything is cheap, so we stalked up on food. I bought ingredients for cookies and baked some. I sold snicker doodles and inside out chocolate chip cookies (each dozen for $4). I earned $13. We left with our friends on Pura Vida to Samana in Dominican Republic.