Saturday, March 11, 2017

Radio Discovery

My wife and I went on a cruise recently which took us to the Bahamas, Grand Turk and the Dominican Republic. I was surprised to learn that the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.  It also has the tallest mountain peak and the largest lake in the region as well as the first cathedral and castle ever built in the Americas.  Year-round golf and temperatures averaging right around 80°F make it an attractive tourist destination.

Our ship pulling into the harbor at Amber Cove near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

We decided to book an excursion to the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, about a half hour bus ride from the port.  After getting fitted with life jackets and helmets, we took a brisk two mile hike up a trail of dirt paths and dry creek beds as well as a stream or two.  When we got to the top, the real fun began as we made our way down a series of "cascadas" into pools of water.  Sometimes you would lay on your back and slide down on the smooth rocks and other times you'd just jump.  The picture above is me from the tallest jump (about 24 feet high).  Clearly, I didn't follow the direction to keep my arms at my side to avoid slapping the water hard.  We finished off the tour with a meal of beans, rice and chicken as well as some Ron Barcel√≥ rum and Cokes.  Yum!

Radio Discovery was a shortwave radio station based in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.  They only broadcast from 1986 until 1989. 

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