20 May 2012 | Luperon, DR
We are finally departing Luperon with a semi-decent weather window. 15 knots of wind tonight, we plan to leave around 1700 hours. Sail through the night, then anchor a few hours and continue on.
Clearing out was an adventure in itself. First, go to the Immigration trailer and fill out some forms with information they already have, next, go to another trailer and pay for the privilege of leaving. Finally, climb a hill to Commandante's and pay yet again, and make then sign a receipt that we hand wrote. All while noticing the casually slung machine guns on many of the VERY young men! Then, they tell us they will come to the boat to search it yet again, but they never show. To top it off, everybody we know paid different amounts.....!!
So we sail for Escondido or maybe further tonight. We are looking forward to Puerto Rico, staying at a marina for a night or two (YAY AC!) cleaning the boat, getting our mail. And provisioning......I never thought I would look forward to grocery shopping! The super mercados here are equivalent to a 7-11, and we've come to terms with Parmalat, it's not too bad cold, but we need veggies and fresh meat. On the downside, no more 24 oz Presidentes for 2 bucks!
Hoping Bob will catch a fish on the way..........check the picture gallery for new additions.
Above pic is Puerta Plata as seen from the cable car up to the Jesus Monument.