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February 23, 2019
Amazing tropical sun and fresh spring February breeze.
Today began with Lucas and me finishing B watch's activities from 05:00 to 07:00 a.m. We then completed our daily chores to keep Mama Cramer tidy. Laurie and Victoria headed back to the US, taking a huge chunk of our family with them.
Around 8:00 a.m. the whole class and some of the crew members took a boat ride to Los Haitises National Park. This mesmerizing natural life sanctuary was established in 1994 by president Balaguer in an effort to protect sea and land flora and fauna. We broke up into two groups: the first group went on a kayaking tour with a member of San Lorenzo's Fisherman Cooperative and the second group explored the San Gabriel Cave, one of the three accessible caves in the region. Being a translator for the San Lorenzo fisherman was a great experience because I could hear in his voice the enthusiasm of working to protect their natural resources. We then ate sandwiches and bumped our way back to the Cramer in a wet and wavy boat ride.
Once on the boat we got ready to do some port stop exploration in Samana, some shipmates went to the beach and the rest of us went to a dance class that I arranged as a part of my change project! We learned some nice Bachata and Salsa moves to blend in with the local flavor. The Dominican dance instructor told one of us that he would give her a GPS for her birthday because she was so lost. We laughed and sweated out some stress of life at sea. We made it safely back on the boat and each of the watches took care of our dear Mama by making sure our anchor was not dragging, checking the weather and making sure the generator was working hard to keep us comfortable. I can't believe our time in Samana is almost over.
- Mariana Dominguez Moran, Brave Watch, Universidad de los Andes
P.S. to family and friends: Mama y papa, los amo y los extranho montones, tengo muchas cosas por contarles cuando llegue a Jamaica. Hermanos los pienso mucho y tambien los extranho.