Being a trip leader for Rustic Pathways student international travel group certainly has its perks. Monday night I arrived in Santo Domingo, met my other co-leaders, and our country director Harry took us out to dinner in the colonial zone. We stayed at a cool hostel, and then Tuesday morning we drove 3 hours northwest to Jarabacoa, the adventure capital of the Dominican Republic.
I will be doing my week-long in-country staff training here at Rancho Baiguate. It is an awesome summer camp / ranch well established here since the late 70s.
It really has everything. An awesome pool.
An awesome river.
Gorgeous plant life.
Even a butterfly house.
There is awesome wildlife. Someone told me this bird is a snowy egret, but I’m not sure what its official name is.
There are awesome lizards, but they have been moving so quickly I haven’t been able to get good shots. However, this huge frog was going nowhere fast.
This horse was adorable, watching us through the branches.
The training has already surpassed my expectations in every way– obviously the facilities, but also the food here at the ranch and also the coworkers. More to follow soon on the great food and awesome coworkers… : )