Dominican Republic River BasinNow that Irma is past and as we wait for Hurricane Maria to pass by we have a little time to wrap another of our videos from our road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic.  This time we head down from Punta Rucia into the River Basin region just north of Jarabacoa.

As you will see from this little video, this is a beautiful region of the country.  Rolling hills and mountain foothills overlooking several large river-fed reservoirs.  These large lakes rival some of the lakes we remember from our home in Alberta, Canada.

One of the things you will notice when you visit this region of the country…..

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It has been quite a hurricane season in the Caribbean. First we dodged most of Hurricane Irma here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic and hopefully we will miss most of Hurricane Maria. As you will see in this video, since 1851 when they started keeping records, the Dominican Republic has been hit by several hurricanes over the decades. In fact, historically, we average about one hit every 10 years or so. It turns out that most of the hard hits tend to be on the southern coast of the DR. The two biggest hurricanes to cause significant damage in the DR were the 1930 hurricane and Hurricane Georges in 1998.

In some ways we are pretty lucky in the village of Cabrera up on the North Coast. We tend to be somewhat sheltered by the mountains of Puerto Rico and several mountain ranges of the DR. It looks like Hurricane Maria will follow a very similar path and spare Cabrera from the worst of the impact.

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The picture is a representation of all nations. But If asking the question which nation will be affected the most. Then you’re looking at an accurate rendition .

I was welcoming some recent relocates to Cabrera when an interesting question was fielded in my direction. I’m assuming it’s because of the amount of foreigners I encounter they felt they’d receive a well-rounded viewpoint for an answer. At some point during our dialog one of them raised the question “Have you noticed there seems to be a change in the urgency in the need to prepare?” Seems I wasn’t the only one witnessing to the same scenario. When it comes to their Plan B several of their friends and acquaintances seemingly have placed it on the back burner. “Lately there seems to be a sense that all’s fine. We’ve somehow eluded the dark times and things are returning as before.”

Actually when the conversation approaches the topic of preparedness I too have noticed similar sways in the sense of its urgency. I always do just after the nation’s debt limit’s been raised to the next temporarily sustainable level. Habitually a couple of weeks prior to reaching the nation’s debt limit and you get the same old dog and pony show. First the Government threatens to walkout and second a short time later the ceiling is raised and so the rats return to feed. Yep all’s returning to the way it was all right. Actually it never changed and still for me the most unbelievable part of it is. You’re actually paying them for doing it! [click to continue…]

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Now that we have finished the clean up from Hurricane Irma, we can get back on finishing our videos of our road trip through the NW region of the island.  One thing that is evident as we head out of Punta Rucia toward Sabaneta, the roads are in great shape and there is obvious evidence of prosperity along our path.  This part of the country is relatively flat with a few rolling hills but we know that just down the road we will be getting into some of the mountains just north of Jarabacoa.

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All anyone can offer is their own personal experience. They are not you! We all tend to see things differently from what I like to term as our “personal angles”.

Now that Hurricane Irma has passed and most of our cleanup is completed I’m able to continue with part 2 of the Rat Race. Moving forward it’s the second aspect the “why we can’t just now” group that’s a bit more complex. It’s this second group that has several more variances accompanying it. More obstacles come into play and I’ll be telling you WHY that is a bit further on. At this time I’m requesting that you keep the cliché “the more things change the more they stay the same” in the back of your mind. You’ll understand why I requested later on.

Depending on the individual the “why I can’t just now” excuses differ for each person.  Family, age, employment and personal savings seem to head the list by popularity. Some have the means but can’t leave the family. Others are gung ho for the relocation but are worried about making a living the combinations are endless. I’m confident already you’re witnessing how varied this group can be when compared to the previous, group”. Keep in mind no matter what the mix, whatever the combination is they all share one thing in common. Their excuses not reasons! This is the only fact that matters. [click to continue…]

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Hurricane Irma Leaves Cabrera With Some CleanupWe were fortunate in Cabrera Dominican Republic because we only received a glancing blow from Hurricane Irma as it passed along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Actually we may have taken a little heavier blow in our house with about 5 trees down, including a major limb off of a huge bread fruit tree in our front yard. It took down some power lines, but we were back up within the day. [click to continue…]

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Hurricane Irma Preparations – Different Attitudes – Different Experience

Luckily Cabrera Dominican Republic ultimately did not get hit with the full force of Hurricane Irma, but who knew for sure in advance. These giant storms are serious matters and I suppose you can never be over prepared. It is interesting though to note how differently people in different countries cope with the experience. In […]

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5 Ways Cabrera Expats Are Prepared For Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is a whopper Category 5 hurricane ravaging it’s way through the Caribbean, potentially aiming for Florida and the East Coast of the US. Even though it looks like Cabrera may be very close to the main path of this hurricane, in many ways the expats living on the North Coast of the Dominican […]

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IRMA’s On Her Way

With a 90% chance of at least receiving a strong tropical storm it amazes me how people just seem to take these things for granted. Having weathered many Cyclones and Hurricanes I know! I know what they are capable of doing. Roof tin becomes flying razor blades in anything above a cat 3 rating. I’ve […]

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The Rat Race Part 1

In my previous post I noted that I’d be following up with some light hearted examples of what it looks like from our side of the counter. You know those of us viewing the box from the outside in. To get things rolling I’d thought for my first attempt I’d select the subject of “The […]

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