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Salinas to Culebra, PR ~ Katelyn

IMG_7707After Isla Caja De Muertos we went to Salinas. In Salinas, we met up with some of our friends from Corpus who were in Puerto Rico at the time. We played on the wrestling mat and on our swing, and we ate a lot of candy. They stayed for about five hours and then headed back to their place. We stayed one more day in Salinas, but we couldn’t stand the loud music the locals played so we left.

We went to Green Beach in Vieques and paddle boarded around while Michael and Dad speared fish. The boys came back later with a hogfish. The next day Michael and Mom went spear fishing and came back with a small snapper. We left the next day for Bio Bay. We tried to anchor outside Bio Bay but it was to rough and there was reef all around us, so we decided to go to a different anchorage. We went to a nice place with a sandy beach for the night. Mikey, Mom, and Dad went ashore and walked around for a bit. We left the next day for a good snorkeling spot, but it was way to rough so we decided to go to Culebra.

We left to Culebra and anchored close to town. We went into town to check it out, and ended up buying a spear gun and some souvenirs. We ate dinner at a place called Mama Cita’s and there were so many tarpon. The next day we left to tamarind on the western side of Culebra. We met up with some people and snorkeled. Then, everyone came on our boat for a while. We left the next morning for Culabrita. In Culabrita it was really hectic, and there was a lot of boats so we decided to head back to Culebra. We grabbed a mooring ball and went to a sandbar to swim and hang out. We came back to the boat and some people came over for a little bit and talked. We left the next day for St. Thomas.

Puerto Rico ~ Michael

I haven’t typed a blog in a while. I was too busy catching white marlin and dolphin fish
(literally this time).

We arrived in Puerto Real at night (on the West Coast of Puerto Rico). We anchored outside the marina and then went in the marina in the morning. The marina had a boat’s electric store, a dive store, and a fishing store. After making a few skirt lures, I decided to sell lures. I made pink, blue, green, and purple. I immediately sold 6.

Then, I was going to make a lure with can tops and then decided to use it as money for kids. It started to get serious and all the kids started their own businesses. My dad saw the potential and started to make the kids do chores for him (he has his own kid mafia) for payment in can tops. We called our new currency “doops.” Later, we found out that “dupe” means to trick someone.

We left the boat at the marina and went to Old San Juan for a night, explored the forts, and restocked on fishing stuff at West Marine.

When we got back to the boat, we went to the next harbor in Puerto Rico which was Boqueron. We did absolutely nothing there, so I guess I am done with this paragraph.

The next harbor was Ponce, and it was very industrial. We went into town and stocked up on provisions and ate out.

We left Ponce and went to Isla Caja De Muertos, also known as “Coffin Island.” It had a light house and a hike there. We took the hike and half way there was a pile of cactus. There were places where there were no thorns so it was possible to carefully climb over. Seven cactus piles later, we gave up with only thee thorns stuck in us. We tried going another way that was more brushy but less cactus. Once dad navigated to the top of the hill, he found out the light house was off limits. That day we snorkeled at a cool place with awesome coral. It was amazing.

We decided to clean the boat hull, and a huge sucker fish ate the algae we scraped off the boat. Once we got out of the water, we had isopods attached to us and skeleton shrimp in our hair.

So far, Puerto Rico has not been my favorite place.

Samana and Puerto Rico ~ Katelyn

After we left Luperon, we went to Samana. It was an overnight sail and was really good until the fire. When we passed by a giant fire on the coastline, the sea got choppy and was very rough. Once we were around it though, it got super calm.

At Samana, we met up with Britican, who was planning to go to Puerto Rico. We stayed at a really nice marina with two pools. We liked riding up and down the elevator. One day, Katie and I scared our friends on accident and they screamed, so we (the kids) got kicked out of the resort (unless our parents were with us). After that, we started playing in the kid club more often. They had paints, Play Doh, board games, TV, and lots of other things. We also ate out lunch and got pizza!

After a few days at the marina, we left to the nature park. At the park we went to a cave with indian paintings on it. Then, we went to another cave that was just a cave with bats! They squeaked like crazy! The next day, we went to a resort with waterfalls. We went on a little hike and then jumped in the resort pools. There was also a fun water slide and places to jump.

That day, we went back to Samana. The anchorage was too deep, so we stayed there for just long enough to check out of the country. Then, we went to a different anchorage that was rolly. That night, we had everyone over for dinner and had spaghetti. We left late that night for Puerto Rico.

The trip to Puerto Rico was like glass. It was so calm and smooth. We caught a marlin, too. It was so big, but we were able to get it up to the boat before it broke off. We also hooked a mahi, but it was foul hooked and got off before we could get on board. We caught another mahi, and this time we were able to get it on board. We also spotted some pilot whales, and they swam right up to our boat, and we saw a humpback whale off in the distance. It was really neat.

The trip was so long. it took two nights and one day to get there, But we made it! YAY!!! We are in Puerto Rico!

Turks and Caicos to Dominican Republic ~ Michael

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.

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.

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).

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.