March 2, 2013

Day 5 - Jungle Adventure/ Rafting at Jarabacoa

Slotegraaf and Friends HANDS Team:

The group got into the van at 6:30 am to travel almost 3 hours into the interior and up a lot of hills/mountains.  The mountain views were breathtaking with hillside homes that seemed hanging on the side of the mountain and looked almost impossible to get to.  Once we arrived at the Baiagaiti Ranch we had a great breakfast and were shown a training video for the upcoming death defying rafting excursion that we were promised.( somewhat exaggerating)

They outfitted us in some snug fitting ( some couldn't utilize the zippers) wetsuits, helmits and life jackets.  Off we set for the river and some more training in the boats on the ground, just in case, I guess.  Boats in the water and off we went.   There was a lot of drama from our guides as they made it a little more exciting by going down backwards, sideways and with broken paddles.  It was a great 2 hour trip that had some spills, thrill and back flip drills.  We all managed to make it to the end- there were some scary moments in between, but God had us in his protection the whole time. 

A volleyball game, some fishing(the Canadians were severely outfished by the Dominicans), swimming and and lots of laughs.

Back in the van for the trip home to the ministry center for a good nights rest.


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