Tuesday, January 30, 2007

In Salinas - by Geert

This is Salinas: dunes of grey sand, beaches half a mile wide, salt ponds full of birds, a wide bay with crystal clear water, ridge after ridge of stark brown mountains in the distance. The most striking thing about the Dominican Republic is the variety of its ladnscape.

Salinas is a very lively fishhing village. The boats are small and open. Some are rowed out by five or six guys trawling a net for sardines and other small fry, others are outboard powered and fish for wahoo, dorado and tuna, with rods. The fishermen are covered from head to toe, like Arabs, against the blazing sun.

We are staying at a small and most economical marina ($3.75 per day). We had another repair to do. Sea Scout IS an old boat. Later this week we plan to sail to the uninhabited Bahia de las Aguiilas, and from there to Jacmel on the south coast of Haiti.