Hola!

Brad and I are glad to be home even though it is VERY cold here.  We had a good time in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Our flights to Punta Cana were great and even early, which is crazy considering we flew into and out of O’Hare.  When we got to Punta Cana on Wednesday it was beautiful, in the 80’s and sunny.  The airport was neat.  It’s all open with a thatch roof.  I meant to take a picture of it, but forgot.  The resort was absolutely gorgeous!  All of the main areas are all open with marble floors and fountains.  The whole resort is kept very neat and clean.  The grounds were spectacular with tropical trees and flowers everywhere.  There were flamingos, roosters, and peacocks that roamed the place acting like they owned it.  Most of the staff were wonderful.  Many of them spoke at least four different languages to communicate with the wide variety of tourists that go there.  Brad and I spent most of the time by the beach or the pool just relaxing.  Brad played a lot of sand volleyball and he also went snorkeling to a shipwreck, where he saw a lot of neat fish.  One of the days we went into the mountains of the D.R. and did the zip lines.  It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone going on vacation.  Thanks to Andy and Mindy for recommending it to us.  We were a little scared when we got up on that first platform and looked way down and over to the next platform, but once we did the first one, we were like “bring it on, we’re ready for more!”  It was fabulous!  There were ten lines in all with the longest one being almost the length of two football fields.  The food was okay.  There was a buffet for every meal and several specialty restaurants that you had to have reservations for.  We could only get into the Mexican restaurant on one night.  The entertainment was okay.  They did a lot of Latin American singing and dancing.  To us, it seemed like the same shows just with different outfits, but I suppose if you could understand what they were singing about it would probably be a little better. We were both very anxious to get back home on Monday.  Unfortunately our journey home didn’t start off well when the bus pulled up to the resort to get us and the guide told us that our flight was already delayed two hours.  We eventually got in the air 2 1/2 hrs later all the while hoping that our connecting flight in Chicago was delayed.  Luckily it was until 10:15 pm, so we eventually got home at midnight.  The first thing I did was peak in on Bubbie while he was sleeping.  I wanted to wake him up so bad, but I didn’t.  We want to give a big “THANK YOU” to Steve, Kris, Mom, and Mike for watching Jaxson while we were gone.  I know he had a great time with you guys; however, don’t plan on it happening again anytime soon.  This mama isn’t going on vacation without her baby for a long time.  It was way too hard to be gone from him for six days.

This was the way we had to go to get to the pool and beach.
The view from our balcony
Cooling off in the pool
Brad playing sand volleyball

The resort rooms
The view from our front door
Our room
Flamingos
The beach with someone parasailing.
Hottie on the beach

The mountains in the D.R.
Here comes Brad!
Phew!  He made it.
The zip line stations
Watch out, here I come!
Yeah, I made it!  Let’s go again.

This guy was standing by the road showing off his snakes.
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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Dubberke
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 22:40:33

    Beautiful pictures! At least I felt better while looking at my computer screen but reality hit hard when I looked out the window. Steph you know what I mean when I can hardly see up to the cemetary 🙂

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  2. Brandy
    Jan 30, 2008 @ 01:30:59

    yeah! looks like you had a great time. the resort pool looks fantastic. did they have (free, or i mean, “all included”) bars by the beach? ahhh, heaven. can’t wait to hear all about it. i hope jaxson did fantastically for his first big stay away from mom and dad!

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  3. Mindy
    Jan 31, 2008 @ 23:08:28

    Sounds like you had a great time! I’m so glad you two liked the zip-line, it’s so much fun!!! Glad you made it back safely!

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  4. Brandy McArtor
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 04:40:30

    Looks like paradise! Glad you had a great time!

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