March 15, 2022
Once we had most of our repairs done and had explored the area close by, we decided that it was time to explore some more of the island. We rented a car for a week and took off to Samana. This was Ken’s first experience at driving the two lane roads of the island. To say that this is an eye opening experience is putting it mildly! There are motorcycles and scooters everywhere, plus this means of transportation seem to not be obliged to follow any of the customary rules of the road! The cars seem to only have a loose understanding of these rules as they pass on hills, double yellow lines and curves. Throw in a few horses pulling carts, donkeys and goats as well as big trucks and cars parked in the roadway and you have a lively drive!
January through March is the time of the seasonal migration of Humpback Whales. Samana Bay is where they come to have their newborns as well as mate, before heading back north to feed in cooler waters. We took a whale watching boat out and saw a whale family.
Next we braved the “demolition derby” to find the European settled town of Las Terranas. We loved this little seaside city that reminded us as much of France as the DR, right down to the french bakery….yumm!