Monday, May 10, 2010

Villa Pajon

This weekend Elliott and I escaped to the mountains to celebrate his birthday and sweet little Avery had her first weekend stay with her abuelos (the De la Cruz family). We dropped Avery off at the de la Cruz house (along with just about everything she owns- ha) and set our for Valle Nuevo- the highest valley in the DR at 8500 ft. The drive was absolutely beautiful- high mountains overlooking valleys and lakes. We passed through the city of Constanza, which is one of the major farming cities in the DR, and then drove for about an hour up a rocky, dirt road to Valle Nuevo.

Valle Nuevo was the antithesis of Santo Domingo- quiet, clean air, secluded (we were literally in the middle of nowhere), and cold (40's at night and 60's in the day). We stayed in a little cabin with no electricity- at night we lit a big fire in the fireplace and used kerosene lanterns for light. It was so much fun. Here are some pics and a recap of our time.

On our way!!
So glad to be out of the city and in the fresh air.

Our cabin
The view from our cabin

The first night we grilled steaks and zucchini. Yum! While Elliott was cooking the steaks, I was inside building a fire. El had to come inside to get something and when he came back to the grill there was only 1 steak...a dog came and stole a steak off the grill!!
As the sun set, the clouds and fog set in over the farm fields.

Saturday morning- Happy Birthday Elliott!!!

The place we stayed is also a working farm. When we woke up on Saturday morning the farmers were out harvesting the potatoes. It was interesting to watch the whole process...the digging, the bagging, loading the truck, and then the workers that came back at night to glean the field for leftover potatoes.

We hooked up our hammock between 2 trees and spent the morning reading and dozing off.
In the afternoon we went on an awesome hike to this field filled with huge boulders- who knows how they got there?? It was crazy.

Elliott said that he got about a weeks worth of rest in 2 days....I agree. I want to book for this weekend!

And then to top off the great weekend, I got to go pick up my sweet little girl and be with her on my first mother's day! The De la Cruz family said she did awesome and that she smiled and laughed alot and didn't cry when she got passed around to everyone at church- I wish I had a video of her weekend!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


We had an AWESOME weekend celebrating Elliott's 32nd birthday!!

More to come tomorrow...