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Boqueron

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Boqueron , Puerto Rico    a nice anchorage close to the dingy dock and a wonderful village .

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It took 3 full days to motorsail from Luperon , DR to Boqueron, PR.  Nice to see a cycling club enjoying the area.

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All islands seem to have a great bakery, and Boqueron was not the exception.  Good baked goods and hot sandwiches from this family run business kept the customers coming.

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Buddy Jed, a fellow cruiser who has “Gypsy” in Luperon, stepped up and helped me motorsail to PR.  The hyrdrallic ram did act up again, forcing me to repressurize and add fluid to it constantly.  At least we did not have to use the emergency pipe tiller.  Big shouts of thanks to my friend.

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Seafood is abundant in the islands, and this street vendor had a nice fresh selection.

boqfriendlybar   So often out cruising, we were met by helpful locals.  This bartender got me the number to clear in on her own cell phone.  So nice to meet friendly, helpful folks.

After a few days, we bid Boqueron farewell, anxious to get to Salinas, my new island home in Puerto Rico.  The night winds were light, a full moon, and a calm sea was a pleasant respite from the strong winds and current on the nose of the past few days and nights.  Salinas here we come.

 

 

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Lobster and Fishing for Profit

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A New England lobster boat is being put in service to place fish and lobster traps in waters off Luperon, DR. Jamie is an experienced fisherman from Canada and has just cleared all the hurdles and is fishing.
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The “Ramon” is equipped with a motorized winch to lift the traps from depths over 100ft. , hopefully loaded with lobster and fish.

 

 

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Farming in Luperon

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Welcome to Norman’s Dairy Farm, Luperon, DR
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The farm is now home to two and ducks, and they just had 9 ducklings. This pond was built for the ducks to drink water from and enjoy. I hope they use it>

 

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Norm, originally from New England, married a lovely Dominican, Johnny, and together have found a great life here. They bought this raw land and have slowly turned it into a working dairy farm.
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yes, they plan on eight milking cows and one bull. The offspring are sold off.

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This cow is the mother of a new calf. A cow can give birth to one calf each year, allowing the farmer to add to his milkers and selling off any new bulls.

 

Cow's Water Trough

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White cane is grown for feed and can also be sold off to other farms. Planting is easy, a trimmed stalk is laid in the ground and soon sprouts appear and grow new plants.

 

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Dealing with a flooding, drainage problem caused by runoff of adjacent properties, Norman dug these retention ponds , which also stored much needed and precious water.
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Welcome to the farm. These two calves were born on the farm and are kept separated from the cows so that they don’t drink up all the milk. Yes, they are fed and are doing well.

 

 

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Fences are naturally made by this cactus, pinion. A great barrier to keep other livestock or your own out of the fields..
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Electric fences are quite effective in keeping the herd out of planted lands as well as discouraging people. I felt the shock , and it did get my attention.
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The milking station was built and is for milking and feeding the cows. Every morning the cows are milked . The milk is sold ,sometimes to make cheese or yogurt.
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After the cane is cut by the workers with their machetes, it is fed into this grinder and blown into the feeding trough. Protein grain is also added to allow the cows a great feed.

 

We wish Norman and Johnny good luck and are looking forward to returning and seeing the fruits of their labor blossom . Congrats!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Porta Rosea and Beach Party

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Pig Roast in the Making
Ride back to town
Ride back to town
Rows of eating places...all good!
Rows of eating places…all good!
My Beachgoing Friends
My Beachgoing Friends
Beautiful beach enjoyed by all..
Beautiful beach enjoyed by all..
Lobster for all my friends
Lobster for all my friends
Beach fun   .  banana boat ride....
Beach fun . banana boat ride….
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Locals enjoying a local beach Santa Rosea

 

Beach Celebration for the local softball champs!
Beach Celebration for the local softball champs!

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Luperon Continues 1

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Happy Times at Wendy’s

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Here is a beautiful beach near the entrance to the Luperon Harbour.  Great place for cruisers to gather, eat and drink, and enjoy the water of the Domincan Republic.

 

The picture on the top is a view of Luperon Anchorage.  More boats are arriving daily since it’s the most protective anchorage in the Caribbean……..Glad to be here.

 

Great volleyball on the streets of Luperon, some great local talent as well the fun volleyball group.

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Dominican Republic

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Greetings from Luperon, the Dominican Republic.  Close to Luperon, is the site that Columbus established a settlement.

s/v Whitewing will be here for hurricane season and then the adventure continues.  Thanks for the visit.  More to come..