Jan 13: Jarabacoa

Today we headed up into the mountains to visit a nearby town called Jarabacoa (pronounced Hara-bacoa) and the local Young Life camp, Pico Escondido (Hidden Peak). At home Young Life has a reputation for great camps, but we weren’t sure what to expect here in the DR. It was of interest to us because of our connections with YL in Calgary, and also the fact that the TEARS school will be taking a group of kids up to the camp next month (unfortunately not Ariana’s class which is too young)
The camp was very nice. It was constructed on the edge of a mountain with lots of log construction. There was tons and tons of stonework along the many pathways, which were constructed to be wheelchair accessible. They had a nice kitchen that was probably about the size of a typical one in Calgary even though they make meals for up to 150 kids. On site there was also an outdoor eating area, a games room, some cabins, a pool (naturally filled), and a brand new large covered area serving as a general purpose get-out-of-the-rain area. The rustic beauty was a real complement to the surroundings and their creator. I’m sure it is quite something for the kids from the Barrio and other poor areas to spend a week there.

Young Life Camp in the DR

Young Life Camp in the DR

After the camp we visited the falls at Jarabacoa. There are three falls here, one that is so large and majestic it was used to film the opening scene of Jurassic Park. That particular set of falls, Jimenoa Uno, was not the one we trekked to because of our time constraints. Instead we headed to the first set of falls which included a number of hanging bridges for access. Anyone want to come make the trek with me?

A Bit Fearful

A Bit Fearful

The Falls - Salta de Jimenoa Dos

The Falls - Salta de Jimenoa Dos

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

4 Comments »

  1. Comment by connie

    HI Brad, Nicki
    what nice pictures…. all expect maybe the last one.
    It is great to read your blog.. and see what you guys are doing.
    looks like you had nice sunny weather as well. I miss you guys!!!!

  2. Comment by Jacqueline

    Classic family photo….just how I remember you leaving too! haha

  3. Comment by Jen Low

    These blogs are simply fabulous! Keep them up.
    I don’t have any home builder contacts, but if you give us an idea of how much it might cost to outfit a football team, we can put our heads together and perhaps come up with something. Just a thought.
    God bless you all! Jen

  4. Comment by Brad Davis

    @Jen – Thanks, we will keep the posts coming although the frequency will probably decrease as the number of unusual & new events goes down.

    @Jacqueline – We’ll at least you remember us!

    @Connie – Thanks. We’re glad to hear you enjoy it as it has taken a lot more time than we expected. We miss you guys a lot and it will be great when we can get together with you in person again. Have any trips to the DR planned?

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