ANCHORED IN BAHIA de SAN LORENZO
SUNRISE AT SAMANA: 7:11 AM
SUNSET AT SAMANA: 6:31 PM
Dan and I set out on our “con-“, wending our way into coves and out before attempting to locate the river entrance to the eco-resort. Our failed attempts resulted in some breathtaking sights.
Gone are my beloved “gin-clear” waters of the Bahamas. These coco hued waters are infiltrated with rich nutrients from the soil that washes down from the farms located further inland and up the hills. As we crept farther inland we caught whiffs of the pungent aroma of the exposed land and plant life at low tide. Little crabs skittered about, diving into their holes as we approached their domain. Egrets and herons either watched from their perches with some disinterest or scurried to keep a safe distance out in front of us. We even encountered locals paddling their way out the long channel in their crude boats.
|HUMMM, NOT THE RIGHT CHANNEL BUT LOOK AT THE COWS UNDER THE TREE|
|THE HERON KEPT JUST IN FRONT OF OUR INVADING CON-QUEST|
|HOW'S THIS FOR ROUGHING IT?|
When we finally discovered the river that would take us to the eco-resort (how did we ever miss it?!), we followed the waterway to the end where we tied up con-Quest and prepared to hike up the trail Cano Hondo. However, this was not to be. For a paltry sum we were toted up the hill on the back of two aging motorcycles. What fun!
|WELCOME TO CANO HONDO|
Cano Hondo is an inviting resort with hotel rooms, two restaurants, waterfalls and pools, small zip lines and unbeatable views. Oh yes, let’s not forget the resident crow and geese that greet you upon arrival. We were welcomed to use the resort’s facilities and found partially submerged lounge chairs where we plopped down for some relaxation. Even though the tour world has discovered this oasis and cruise excursions arrived in the afternoon, it remained relatively peaceful and there was more than enough space for all.
|THE REPORT'S POOLS CASCADING FROM ONE ELEVATION TO THE OTHER|
|THE LODGE AREA, PERCHED INTO THE HILL|
|TIME TO COOL OFF AND RELAX|
|THE RESIDENT CROW|
|LOOK OUT, HERE COMES TROUBLE!|
Walking back to the tender we passed these two farming tractors and Dan couldn’t resist a closer inspection. Note the welded tires on the Ford tractor used in the rice paddies. The Dominican Republic is a huge contributor to the world’s rice production and we saw a few fields along our walk.
|GIANT TILLER BEHIND THIS TRACTOR|
|NOTE THE HUGE WELDED PADDLE TIRES|
Returning to our anchorage we found that Venture II, a double masted sailing vessel from Puerto Bahia, had joined us in the anchorage. Tim, who has been traveling these waters for years and owns a condo at Puerto Bahia, has been a wealth of information for us and we appreciate his sharing of his vast knowledge in all things about the area and our upcoming passage to Puerto Rico.