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We made it!!!! Luperon, Dominican Republic was our destination. We have arrived and completed our main mission. From now on, where we go will be dictated by what we all agree on (that should be interesting).

Now to tell you about Luperon. The landscape here is beautiful… it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in real life. John said he had read that the movie Jurassic Park was filmed here, so that will help you visualize it. It has both the highest and lowest points in the Carribean. There are mountains all around and there are palm trees growing on the mountains. It’s just beautiful. The other equally beautiful part of the Dominican Republic are the people. They are, on the whole, very attractive people. To top it off, they are some of the most hospitable, friendly, welcoming people. Read the rest of this entry »

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We arrived in Providenciales on Wed evening and cleared customs & immigration on Thursday. This is a beautiful place! Even the customs stamp in our passport is pretty. The anchorage is not too close to anything, though. It is very close to the port where the customs office is, and there is a 7-11 within walking distance, but that is about it. Actually, everything is walking distance when that is your means of transportation! We met another cruiser heading into town when we were coming back from customs and he told us it was easy to hitch rides into town. So we did. All 5 of us headed down the highway and immediately a truck stopped. Inside was the guy that had told us how easy it was to hitch…so we shared the truck with him. The driver was from Haiti. Read the rest of this entry »

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That’s what the water looks like, only it’s more clear than Jello. It’s like transparent blue jello, or powerade. It’s yummy looking! The shallower water is the most beautiful shade of turquoise. It looks like a very large, very refreshing swimming pool. We can see the bottom no matter whether we’re in 6 feet of water or 60!

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“Why is it our favorite topic,” you ask? Because we have no money and we always get some from Uncle Sam!!!

Thanks to President Bush, we also get to benefit from the Economic Stimulus Plan. I don’t agree with it, but I’ll take the money! We didn’t pay any taxes, we don’t owe any taxes, and yet we get money back—(makes no sense to me) but I’ll take it.

And now it’s time for an Awards Speech moment:

I would like to thank my wonderful father-in-law for taking care of our mail, and relaying important information to us. He had to email me all of our tax filing information. We couldn’t do this without him! I would also like to thank my wonderful mother-in-law for helping as well. She has amazing organizational skills (probably better than me, if that’s possible), and she, no doubt, has had a hand in keeping our records orderly. Plus they both check our PO Box several times a week, pray for us, and encourage us when we need it.

I would also like to thank our children for being alive. Because of them, we will be getting $900 from our federal government so we can stimulate the economy of the Bahamas (grin). Not sure that’s what the gov. had in mind, but that’s what will happen. (They will consume it all in food!)

I would like to thank God for creating the beautiful islands we are enjoying, and for the wonderful ocean full of interesting life. Apparantly, God has a different opinion about what a “fair wind” is than I do, but I’m sure He’s right!

OH! And I would like to wish for world peace!

Every year, when I hit the SEND button and file our taxes, I feel like I have just accomplished an amazing feat deserving of an award. I suppose the award is our refund check!

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We have been anchored out at Key West for several days now. It’s an interesting place. The kids have culture shock. It seems to be a very liberal minded place. What freaked them out the most was the guy they saw that had eyebrows tattooed on –rather large, pirate-like eyebrows. There are a lot of people here that seem to wish they were pirates. There are also lots of establishments with bad words in their names–which isn’t something the kids are used to seeing. Most of their experiences are limited to Victoria, Tx (a fairly conservative, family town), and OKC (the buckle of the Bible belt). John says that Key West attracts so many “interesting” people because it’s the end of the road. He said they keep moving down the road looking for a place to fit in, and they all end up here because there is no more road.

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There are lots of VERY cool boats here.

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Where do I begin? First, I need to give a little background info for those of you who are not familiar with our previous “adventures”. I’m not sure why this happens, and I am now open to considering that God is trying to scare fear out of me in some kind of ironic, miserable, boot camp like way. For instance, if we go camping, it’s freakishly hot that particular summer, or it’s monsoon season and we have a thunderstorm that floods us out of our tent and into our car. If we go canoing, there’s some freak 20 year drought where we have to walk the canoe down the river! John is always just as happy as anything and chocks it up to a wonderful adventure. He is unmoved by any amount of discomfort or inconvenience. He is also the same man that says he wouldn’t mind being bitten by a snake because, “at least it would be an adventure.” Did I marry Indiana Jones? What’s up?

I am very sorry to say that John’s quest for adventure did not go unanswered in our Gulf of Mexico crossing. How many of you remember the words to the Gilligan’s Island theme song: “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. It started with five passengers, aboard a tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure….blah, blah, blah…. the weather started getting rough. The tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the minnow would be lost.” Read the rest of this entry »

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