Much has happened since we arrived in Luperon. We stayed in the bay on a mooring for two weeks and explored the town daily. Here is Tim grabbing some WiFi outside of Wendy’s, one of the local hang outs. Many cruisers travel through the islands and find that they decide to call this place home.

The bay is an excellent hurricane hole and food, drinks and apartments are extremely affordable. We were told that you can live very nicely on around $1,500.00 per month.

We went on an excursion into the mountains to visit the 27 waterfalls (www.27charcos.com). You first take a short two mile hike up the mountain to begin your journey down. The park has a total of 27 waterfalls and natural water slides that while wading and swimming down the river, you can decide to either jump off of the falls or take the natural slide to the next section. There hasn’t been much rain in Luperon this year so we were only able to visit 12 of the 27 falls. The highest falls we jumped off was around 30 feet. Not a fan of jumping off things, when it was my turn I felt I had no choice because the small 8 year olds that were in our group jumped off without any problems. So I sucked it up and just jumped. It was a blast and should be on your Must Do list if visiting this area.

We finally got the weather window we were looking for to allow us to safely make the next leg to Samana, about 150 nautical miles. We would leave Luperion and spend the first night at the Rio San Juan anchorage. This allowed us to knock off 54 miles and do the remaining 100 miles the following day. This turned out to be the best decision. Over the next week I made 3 trips to the emergency room, 2 to a lab for testing and 5 to the pharmacy. The result is that I had Blastocystis (parasites). Here is a link to WiKi’s explanation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blastocystis. The first round of medicine made it somewhat better but I was not feeling totally better so I got a second round of meds. Now after 10 days I am feeling just about 100%. Not sure exactly when I got the parasite, could be something I drank or ate or possibly floating down the river at the waterfalls.

The day before we did the check out process, I smashed my finger while cleaning around the cockpit lazarette. Knowing better, for some reason I didn’t latch the cover and proceeded to clean around it. Wham! The lid closed right on my finger. At first I was sure I cut the tip of my finger off but was relieved when it was still attached. Being the only one aboard at the time, I proceeded to try and reattach the skin using super glue.

During lunch I began to feel chilled and my stomach was acting up. Several cruisers had complained about something similar so I assumed it was just a 24 hour thing. After we checked out I began feeling worse. Renee suggested to stay put in Luperon until it passed but being stubborn and wanting to avoid the recheck in process and missing our weather window, we left in the morning.

Well I only got worse and for the next 3 days I was plagued with Montezuma’s Revenge. Needless to say it was very uncomfortable and I became dehydrated and weak. Renee had to pull double duty and take many of my shifts. As we were getting close to Samana it was clear that I needed medical attention so we decided on staying at Marina Puerto Bahia (www.puertobahia.do). The marina and staff are excellent and the clearing in with the Harbour Master and Armada (Navy) was simple. I decided to get a shower and just try and rest, planning to go the clinic in the morning. Renee wanted me to go immediately and next thing I knew Ruth from the front desk was on our boat telling me to get ready that she already called the emergency room and arranged for a taxi.

During the next 10 days I made 3 trips to the emergency room, 2 to a lab for tests and 5 to various pharmacies to locate the drugs I needed. I went through one round of meds but it did not totally get ride of the parasite so I had to take another regiment for a longer time. Basically you take one drug to kill it and another was probiotics to add good stuff back into my body.

The whole process was really easy, just walk into emergency room and they see you within 30 minutes and there is no cost. The lab was easy, drop off the sample and $4.00 and you can pick up the results in an hour. The drugs were $20-30 each time. So why is it so expensive in the United States? So after 10 days I am just about 100%.

 

We rented a car with some other cruisers and spent the day visiting El Limon Waterfalls and the town of Las Terrazis and its beaches.

After two weeks the glue job I did on my finger wasn’t looking to good. We had heard that three days a week the doctor comes to the marina and Renee arranged for me to meet with him. He took a look and said he could put a couple of stitches in it (thank you Google Translate). In just a few minutes I was all hooked up and my finger was stitched. Again no cost but tips are appreciated. Although this picture doesn’t look to good, it is 100% better than what it was and in time it will heal good.

In downtown Samana you can take a walk on the “Bridge To Nowhere”. One theory is that it was built in hopes of turning the area into a mayor tourist hub. It is fairly long and there were many people on it when we went.

We also took another excursion to Los Haitises National Park. This was on a boat that left from here in the marina and took us around some of the islands within the park, up mangrove rivers and we explored caves. On the way back we were dropped off on a private island for a buffet and to enjoy the soft sand beach. A great way to end the day.

Looks like we will have favorable weather starting Wednesday so we will make the next leg to Puerto Rico.