4th of July

Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!  I hope everyone had a great holiday back in the states with some good food and fireworks going on.  I was a little sad to be gone for the 4th, because itīs my favorite holiday, but we had a good time down here.  A bunch of other volunteers and I went to the south of the island to a place called Bahia de las Aguilas.  Itīs on the ocean, and itīs a national park, and itīs absolutely gorgeous.  Itīs pristine, with sea-green water, and gorgeous beaches.  Since I live in the north, it was a good 12 hour trip, which going down there, we did it in three days, stopping in the capital, and then another town called Pedernales, before hitting the beach.  And since this place is pretty remote, we had to bring all of our supplies with us, food, water, etc, and you have to take a boat to get there.  But it was worth it.  We camped on the beach, and I spent the majority of my time playing in the water...frisbee, football, swimming, and my favorite, snorkeling.  Someone brought their gear with them, and it was incredible.  I saw huge starfish, stingrays, and a variety of gorgeous fish.  It was so beautiful.  The south is definitely a different landscape than the lushness that Iīm used to in the north. Itīs more of a desert feel, with more bushes and cacti, but I was really glad to be able to see it and explore a different part of the country.  The trip back, we did in one day, which was a little ridiculous.  A boat ride, to a pickup truck, to a guagua(crazy crowded bus), to two more guaguas, and two public cars to get back to my site.  12 hours.  Craziness.  We were pretty exhausted, but it was well worth it. 
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