S: Dominican Republic 2013
1: Friday March 15th, 2013 | Saturday March 16th, 2013 | Think we were excited to go? | 3/16/13 | Was hoping we weren't going to get stranded in North Dakota! But you just NEVER know! Fortunately we had safe travels and were greeted with hot humid weather! Loved it here!
2: Home | Finally! | de-ice! | Raining!
3: Smoke | in | the | plane! | Raining!
6: Sunday, March 17th,2013 St. Patty's Day! | el hermano (brother) & la hermana (sister)
7: Rhett was supposed to be our translator since he had been taking Spanish in school. He tried to order ice cream...ask him how it went...."I just want my ice cream! :(" "No hablas español" Ole`!
9: Annual "Cutie-Patootie" picture! | "pretty"
15: Drinkin' Miami Vice in the Dominican Republic
17: Rhett! Don't hurt your father!
18: Yes Laken is doing homework!
20: March 2013 | What a fun night!
21: Love my
22: Monday March 18th 2013 | Our hotel lobby
23: Sexy Pinky!
27: Our bus ride through the Dominican Republic countryside. It was amazing to see how they live and the breathtaking scenery. This is also where they shot some of "Jurassic Park". It was a VERY bumpy ride! But oh so worth it! | Snake Man
29: "This vacation just went from R&R to FRICKEN AWESOME!" ~Rhett Underdahl Age 16
30: All done zip lining! It was awesome~ but what a workout! Guess where Dave is making a bee-line to...the beer stand! To get a Presidente! On the bus ride back, which by the way is a very dangerous thing, we had real cocoa beans from the cocoa tree! They were SOUR! But good! | adventurous | advientos
31: CoCoa! We got to taste it right from the tree!
32: Tuesday, March 19th
33: Dave's favorite!
34: We spent the day on the beach drinking Miami Vice's and Vodka Lemonades. We then went to the bar, then to supper, then back to the bar. We finished the night with some baseball and some Sammy Sosa's!
35: I had caviar for the first time. It was good, tasted like green olives! Then Dave had me try this crap....really don't know what it was, maybe goat liver! Tasted like old Copenhagen chew! I may have caused a scene and spit it out!
36: "Halar" in Spanish means PULL! | World championship Baseball game Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico | Laken and Mom had a little fun in the bano! | ~ | (bathroom) | Let's go Puerto Rico! Oops, accidentally cheered for the wrong team!
38: Wednesday March 20 We took a day trip to Santo Domingo. 1. There were stray dogs everywhere! 2.Stopped along the way for a diet coke. AKA "Coke light" 3.The "car wash" is not really a car wash. 4. Stopped to visit the caves. Park of Three Eyes of Water was the name of the cave formations. Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes in English) is the name given to a 50-Yard open-air limestone cave located in the Mirador del Este park, in the Santo Domingo Este municipality of the Dominican Republic. | 1. | 2. | 3. | 1.
40: 1. The "Columbus Lighthouse" is Christoper Columbus' tomb-it is a massive structure! 2. Horse bathroom (baño) 3. Tele-tree. There is an office phone mounted to the tree! 4. Downtown Santo Domingo power, electrical lines EVERYWHERE! 5.Alcázar de Colón: is the oldest Viceregal residence in America. It was built under Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus; when he became Viceroy of La Española and the Indies in 1509, he ordered the construction of a family home and governor's mansion between 1510 and 1512. | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Yep, he's peeing in a bucket! I can't even get Dave to hit the toilet!
41: Diego Colon-Chris Columbus' son! | Old | Stuff! | 5 | My son!Take that Chris Columbus! | Quite a few "cat calls" for Laken... "Pssst! Señorita!"
42: A model of the Santa Maria!
43: Canon's from 1500! Pretty amazing! No Rhett, you can't use these for deer hunting...however, you might hit one if you did!
44: Santa Maria la Menor Cathedral (Catedral Basilica Menor de Santa Maria) It is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540. | Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, as the capital of the first Spanish colony in the New World.
45: Laken's shorts were, well, too short! They made her wear a cover-up! | Santa Maria la Menor Cathedral
46: The national palace (Palacio Nacional) is the executive building in Santo Domingo, that houses the offices of the Executive Branch (Presidency and Vice Presidency) of the Dominican Republic. It was guarded by several soldiers with automatic weapons right by the gate! | The National Palace
47: Ah...American Food and American Beer! Dave was pretty happy about that! Can't you tell by the look on his face? | Happy happy happy
49: Spent all day at the beach and swim up bar...GREAT DAY!
51: Hi MOM!
52: C R A Z Y !
53: Dunked! | Father & Son Excursion
56: Heading out to the Marinarium Marine Park!
59: Party Rockin' | Every day I'm shuff~shufflin'! | It's all fun and games til we get in the water with the sharks! | Oh My God! | I'd rather swim with sharks! | Not so bad... I'm smiling!
60: Ey' Matie! How do you say "Booty~pop" in Spanish? | Rhett was wishing he was a Pirate...after watching all that Booty!
62: Nothing like a bunch of drunks splashing around in the water...that won't attract any ocean predators! But I relaxed and had fun! The music was pumping and the crowd was hopping!
63: TBD | Rhett hanging with the "Dragon Gunner!" USMC Soldier
65: The things you see...kids fishing off the dock from an old shipwreck...in their underwear. | Riding horse...talking on cell phone...in Paradise! | Playing in the sand...that's gotta hurt!
66: Saturday March 23 | rd | 3/23/13 | Going Home | Got to the airport safely... | even though the drive was SCARY! | It was very hot and humid and there | a MILILION people there! Dave got a | BudLight so he was happy! Cant you tell? The airport had NO walls!
68: Oh Dad wasn't alone...here are a few "Laken-isms" 1. "I wonder which way the sun is blowing?" 2. "Is a baby considered carry-on luggage" | 1. "It's a long story but..." 2. "If it weren't for Jack Daniels you'd think I was in a foreign country" 3. "You're just gonna have to hope for the best!" 4. Tiramisu..."What kind of soup?"
71: If only I could put all the pictures in here that I took! I wish I could bottle up the sounds and smells of the ocean! We had a wonderful time once again! I love having my kids with me when we experience new things and new places!