December 10, 2002
After that you travel deep into the jungle, depart from the jeep, and trek to see this spectacular waterfall and lake area, where you have plenty of time for swimming and taking photos. Then onto a Dominican Ranch for a typical lunch of rice and chicken stew with salad and pasta. A cigar rolling demonstration and competition takes place here, with a bottle of Barcelo Rum for the winner. Then it's back to your resort.
All along the way the local children wave at you and smile or run along with the jeep. It's a great way to see and hear how the poor country folk live. But they are the happiest people I have ever met. They live in two room houses with an outdoor kitchen and live off the land. The old battered black and white television is only used to watch the news at night. Also Ralf will spend the day telling you all about the country, its industries, and how the people live. He himself has lived in Juan Dolio for six years. Second only to the trip to Isla Saona, this was our favorite part of the trip.
From journal Honeymoon in the Dominican