"We still don't know when or if Dave left Luperon. We're exhausted, sitting in Samana after a 22 hour trip. It was good, except for the autopilot acting up, and coming into Samana we saw whales. They were beautiful - just a couple at first, but then whole pods! Cap was thrilled."
"It's really not bad; look, I'll turn around so you can see."
"Hurry up - they're right in front of us!"
"ONE'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME," but I couldn't enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience because my sister's warning back in New Jersey screamed inside my head,
"Do you know a whale can sink a boat in 5 minutes?!"
After that my heart was in my throat but it was remarkable; and it was times like these which reminded us that despite all the headaches and risks, our adventure was worthwhile. After a bit we saw tour boats approaching the pod, then Water Witch came over the radio, a comforting sound.
"The rugged cliffs distinguishing the area appeared at first light, and as we rounded the final points we saw the land covered with palm trees. Passages South said it was like Bora Bora and I imagine that's true. There's a couple hotels here, and the town looks quite built-up. I'm dying to go see."March 6 - Samana
"Big town compared to Luperon. More like Imbert, but much prettier. We've gone in twice now - errands and shopping. Cancelled our boat insurance policy yesterday. Couldn't find dog food, so Cap's going to have to play chef for Czar with cooked chicken and rice 'til Puerto Rico. Still no sign of Dave."
"Water Witch pulled in an hour or so after us, but still no sign of Dave. Next morning the local contingent came aboard, checking papers - then asking for a tip so we gave them $10. It was easier than Luperon.
"Others here include Idyllic, Cape Providence, Beyond, Heidi and a huge schooner which is a sailing school. We want to take a tour, but since we're going to the park for a couple days we'll have to see if they're still here when we get back. Cigarettes are so damned cheap ($1 a pack or less) we're chain-smoking.
"The Commandante suggested we bring the outboard aboard at night. Haven't, but Cap's locked it to the swim platform and we haven't had a problem. Becoming friends with Vickie and Jeff (WW). It's nice to have a gal to talk with."