The Adonia arrived in Amber Cove at 11:00 this morning. The overcast skies highlighted the emerald green mountains. I had not expected the beauty I beheld as the ship snuggled alongside the cement pier.
There are approximately 270 people aboard the Adonia, a small and personable collection of folks. We’ve been on-board since Sunday afternoon and ready to get our land-legs moving. As we exited the ship, the Tuk-Tuks were waiting to peddle us to the entrance of Amber Cove. A great bunch of guys!
Once on shore, Bruce and I began to explore the area. Lots of shops that span the spectrum of souvenir to high end…as in, a diamond shop. Some great cafes and restaurants, a bus terminal where we will catch buses to our Impact Activities (the things we will do to help the people of DR) and for our extra curricular activities, like zip lining.
At the bus terminal, we were greeted by a local band. Looking forward to hearing more of this cool music as the week progresses.
We’ve only arrived, but there is no time to waste. We have our Impact Activity tickets and our Tickets to Play so we are ready to get started. Bruce and I, along with 14 of our ship mates, are going to zip-line. The weather has changed from sunshine to rain. But, that doesn’t stop us even for a moment.
Brave people going out to zip line in the rain!
About 30 minutes outside of Amber Cove is the Adventure Zip Line spot. There are 8 lines, the longest being about 2400 feet (length). What I didn’t know is the tallest mountain in the Caribbean is located on DR, Pico Duarte at 3,098 meters (10,164 feet). Our zip lines weren’t located on Pico Duarte, but they were still challenging.
There was one climb that was steep. The helpful zip line guys were kind enough to load us up on horses to make easy passage to the next line. First time I’ve been on a horse in 50 years. The name of this horse was Carta Blanca or as I called him…Giddy-Up!
Frst sun-set in DR. It’s been a great day. Tomorrow will be Impact Activity Teaching English and Extra Curricular, Power Board Snorkeling.