Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

This morning early Hna. Johnson and I went to the beach to hunt for shells. Hurricane “Tomás” is almost over. This morning it was cloudy but it only rained a little now and then so we figured it would be a good day to go shell hunting.

The drive to Juan Dolio Beach east of Santo Domingo takes us an hour. On our way we noticed that almost all of the huge billboards lining the highway had their signage taken down. The billboards were a bunch of skeletons lining the road. When bad weather threatens, like a hurricane, the signage is all removed leaving only the steel frame of the billboard.

On our way to the beach we stopped along the coast highway and took pictures of the huge waves (leftovers from “Tomás”) crashing into the limestone cliffs. It was a spectacular view.

At the beach it turned out that shell hunting was very bad because of hurricane “Tomás”. Usually high tide deposits a lot of shells high on the beach for us to find. This weekend the “Storm Surge” from the hurricane washed all of the shells back into the ocean. There was very little left for us to find. Also, the surf and waves were still so high and strong that they churned up a lot of silt and it was too murky to go snorkeling. I love to snorkel and visibility in the Caribbean Sea is usually 30 or more feet. This morning visibility under the water was only 2 feet!

Today is a national holiday in the Dominican Republic; it is “Constitution Day”. Hna. Johnson and I had several stops to make this afternoon for missionaries and the office but we discovered that most of the stores we needed to go to were closed. We still managed to get most of our errands done in spite of the closed stores.

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