Monday, September 19, 2016

DR TRIP: PART TWO

Yesterday, I posted the first half of this epic trip.  Today, I'll finish it out, though it pains me to know that the fun is over.  😢  Over the years, John and I have learned a lot about how we travel and what we "need."  In years past, we might have tried to spend more time seeing all that the country had to offer, but now we understand that at this particular stage in life, we need a bit more rest and quiet when we get away as adults.  Most of this trip was restful, but we did decide to venture out and hike to see a waterfall.

Worth it.

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After reading a guide book and several online reviews, we decided that though most people take horses, we would like to walk the trail.  Court is allergic to horses, and we didn't really feel like being saddle sore.  Plus, with all of the eating and laying, we figured it would be helpful to get some steps in. 💪 Even though we were chased down by a motorbike and a fleet of horses 🐴😳, we stayed the course and were glad we did.  It was a beautiful, though often muddy, hike.

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We forded several rivers and even ran across other waterfalls on our way to the big El Limon Waterfall.

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(John thought this should be titled "Fishing for Photos" 😝😂😂😂)

There was a huge group of European tourists when we arrived at the falls, but we still managed to enjoy ourselves.  It was simply beautiful.  Getting to see God show off is always a privilege, and I feel like he had such a blast making things like waterfalls just for the fun of it.

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We all swam in the frigid water.  I got a Lifeproof case for my phone for my travels this month, and that protects the phone from water, but not from being dropped. 😁 John and I had a heart-stopping moment when I dropped the phone, but miraculously, John found it in my lap.  It would have been gone forever, and I'm so glad that God spared us from that - though it obviously wouldn't have been the end of the world. 🙌

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The hike was strenuous without being too hard, and the pay off was well worth the extra effort.

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We made it back to our car and got to see a bit more of the countryside with the double bonus of restocking snacks at a local supermarket that was really nice.

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We spent most of the rest of our trip in these four chairs that the staff graciously left set up and fluffed just for us.

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We would wander to the restaurants for tasty meals and then lounge some more.  It's about the best vacation gig any foursome could hope for.

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(The Tank Top Twins)
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We could not have asked for a better trip.  We have so many people to thank for it, but at the top of the list are my mom and sister Laura who lovingly and graciously took care of our four children, which is no small feat to step into.  Having sweet friends is truly one of life's greatest gifts, and I am so thankful for this time with the Heads. ❤️  It was everything that our hilarious 9 month long text thread could have ever dreamed up!

We were so sad to leave our Casita, but it is good to feel rested before heading back into our normal life.

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Peace out DR and Sublime Samana - we would love to see you all again!  👊👊👊👊

{Court's take on the back half of the trip here and here!}

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