Monday, March 10, 2008

27 Charcos Falls!

Posted by: Meg ;-)

Hey friends and family back home! Just stopping in to update you on another amazing day in the D.R.
Well today was all about the fun for us seniors. Rising to another early morning wake up "knock" by Mr. Smith. At about 7:30 a.m. all were up and VERY excited for the journey ahead of us today.

Swim suits, water shoes, life jackets, helmets, water bottles etc…
Have you guessed it yet!!!??? Hiking to the 27 Charcos waterfalls… that’s right!!
Packing all 31 of us into two very fun off-roading trucks we were ready to explore the falls. On our way, the tour guide stopped to show us, what he called some surprises, a few really cool tings about the Dominican Republic. These “SURPRISES” included a stop at a local Christian school, an outdoor coffee making post, sugarcane and cacao plantations, and some outdoor markets.

As soon as we arrived at the Christian school little kids from all over started running up to us begging for food and toys. After gathering the suitcases of ministry items that we had brought to give to the school, we were able to enter the school yard, meeting kids and greeting some teachers. Surrounded by children once again, I was personally able to unload our gifts for the school and with a smile I just couldn’t hold back, handed the very thankful teachers things to distribute among their students. I know for me I was so overjoyed to be able to personally see how thankful and excited both teachers and students were to see the new school supplies and tennis balls we had brought for them.
Children surrounded us clapping and yelling for joy at all the cool stuff they knew they would be receiving. Though this was a short little visit it meant a lot to all of us to be able to give once again, to these kids who are so happy to receive something so small such as a tennis ball, that we take so much for granted. As we left in our trucks waving goodbye many children began to chase us down the road yelling, thankful for our visit!

Soon after we arrived in a cute little town where were learned how to grind coffee beans, boil the coffee, and even got to try some freshly made right in front of us. As some students repeated over and over, “That is some good coffee… Mmm Mmm Mmm!!” We also were able to taste some freshly ground cocoa…YUM!! After these demonstrations it was off to the falls! Suited up with helmets and life jackets we hiked off to climb through the falls. To our surprise it was extremely thrilling! Let’s just say it was a bit chilly and a little more of a swimming adventure than we had expected. IT WAS A BLAST!!! Climbing though the gorgeous rocks and soaking in the beautiful fresh water was surely refreshing. Our God is an amazing creator!
On the ride home we quickly stopped along the way to chop down and enjoy some locally grown sugarcane for the ride back to our hotel.

Time for bed for now, but check back tomorrow for some more exciting news about our Catamaran snorkelling trip!