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I did something outside my comfort zone!

I did something outside my comfort zone!

Dunn’s Boogie Ride 
Dune Boggy Pictures

Dune Buggy Pictures

I did something outside of my comfort zone.  For the first time I drove a Dune Buggy. This was hard for me because safety is always important to me, so I don’t even consider things I don’t believe are safe.  Comfort is always important to me.  That is why I usually opt for a Sunset Champagne Catamaran Cruise or something similar.   Full disclosure it is also because Nikki does not swim.  Therefore I stay away from snorkeling, diving and anything that requires swimming.   It was something about driving a dune buggy that caught my attention.  I am not sure if it was something to scratch off the bucket list or something else.  I just know that I can tell you that I looked and read about several different dune buggy and ATV excursions.

 

Dune Boggy

Dune Buggy

 

The Buggy and ATV excursions in Punta Cana were combined with a visit to a cave.  There was an option to swim or jump into the water but the choice is up to you.  Nikki is a Science Teacher.  She has always had an interest in caves.  We are both from Missouri where they have several caves and as kids through school, scouts and church you visit one time or another.  I knew this was something she would really enjoy.  Besides, there are not too many opportunities to drive a Dune Buggy or ATV.  We talked it over and got a very good price so we decided to go for it.

The Beach
Macao Beach

Macao Beach

First stop was Macao Beach, which is now in my top 10 favorite beaches.  This was a beautiful picturesque beach.  The beach is lined with tall skinny palm trees and lots of pale brown sand.  The water was unusually active this day, which allowed you to hear the peaceful sounds of the ocean roaring.  The sun was up and bright making the air nice and warm to counteract the breeze from the ocean.  There were a few pop up stores sell all types of souvenirs.  We took pictures at the beach.  I waded into the water up to my waist and we stayed for about 45 min.

Local Dominican Products
The coffee process.

The coffee process.

We took a 4×4 trail to what they call a Farm House.  It was about a 10 minute ride.  That is where we met up with a team that told us about the products that are locally grown in the Dominican Republic.  We learned about how they make coffee.  From picking the beans, the separation process, roasting and grinding.  It was a great lesson on a common product that we take for granted. They also educated us on chocolate, cinnamon, oregano, vanilla coconut oil, natural honey, brown sugar and Mamahuana.  Mamahuana is a drink that legion has it is liquid Viagra.  Our last and final stop was the cave.  We took another trail that brought us to the cave.  Look up and get history of the cave.

The Cave 
The Cave

The Cave

We passed by several souvenir shops at the top of the cave.  There are steps that take you from the top down into the cave.  I remember a couple of landings great for taking pictures.  Finally at the bottom of the cenote I actually jumped in.  The water is over 25 feet deep.  I jumped in swam back and climbed out. It was fun and a good experience.  The whole tour/excursion was a good experience and something I will never forget.

Bill jumping into the cenote!

Bill jumping into the cenote!

I did something outside of my comfort zone.  For the first time I drove a Dune Buggy.  Although it was fun I am not sure I will ever do it again.  The day Nikki and I went we were the only ones on the tour.  It was just us and the tour guide.  So we were able to go at our own pace and we simply followed the guide.  There was not another buggy to run into us.  That made it very nice and reduced a great deal of the risk.  

Please understand, we were at an all- inclusive and I am pointing that out because all your alcoholic beverages are included and available at the resort.  Then you are allowed to operate a vehicle that does not have the minimum amount of safety equipment.  They give us something a child would wear roller skating to protect our heads.  Instead of a seat belt with a buckle we literally had a slide.  Something I would not trust to hold my pants to hold  us in the event of a mishap.  This was hard for me because safety is always important to me.  Well at least I can take one more thing off my list of “Things I have never done!”

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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