2018 Life Logs, Day 66—Touring Old Town Santo Domingo
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 87, Low 67 degrees F
Location: At Home on Windbird in Puerto Bahia, Samana, Dominican Republic

What a beautiful day! Sam, Dawn, Piper Dog, and I spent the morning and early afternoon touring Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. This is the part of Santo Domingo that was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, making it the oldest continuously populated European settlement in the Americas. The beautifully restored buildings are all within walking distance. From the oldest military fortress in the Americas, Fortaleza Ozama, to the first cathedral built in the Americas, and all of the buildings in between, we thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided walking tour. After a late lunch and a bit of food shopping in an Old Town supermarket, we headed to Windbird on the north coast of the Dominican Republic which is a 102-mile trip up and over the mountains. It was almost 5:30 pm when we reached the marina and hauled groceries and suitcases to Windbird. She looks great due to Sam and Dawn’s loving care. And the marina here is gorgeous with all the amenities one could ask for, but the weather report is telling us that we need to move on to Puerto Rico starting tomorrow evening. At this point, we plan to leave here at 8 pm and arrive in Mayaguez early Saturday morning. There is a big swell out there coming from the north, but it should settle a bit starting tomorrow night before building again early next week. So, the decision was made to go now. I will post a log tomorrow before we leave here taking you on a photo tour of the marina, but then you won’t hear from me again until Saturday. But no worries. No news is good news!

2018 Life Logs, Day 68—Sailing the Mona Passage
2018 Life Logs, Day 65—Smooth Trip to The Dominican Republic