Steve and I were engaged on October 1, 2009 at sunset on the overlook of Pole Steeple in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. It was a day I will never forget! Two days later, we departed for our celebratory engagement vacation to the Dominican Republic.
As you can imagine, we spent a lot of time on our all inclusive resort, which included beaches, pools, a spa and casino. The few times that we left the resort were to participate on excursions. Our first excursion was a trip to Santo Domingo. In Santo Domingo we spent time exploring the city and Parque Mirador del Este. Our next excursion was a tour of the Dominican countryside and included visits to: a sugar cane plantation, a Dominican market, and a Dominican home, where we made our own coffee and witnessed a cock fight exhibition match (not my favorite to say the least!). The Dominican tour ended at a series of beautiful waterfalls, where Steve and I exfoliated with natural clay. This vacation was the perfect mixture of culture, the outdoors, relaxation and fun!
Oasis Hamaca Resort
Our resort was located at the heart of the Bay of Boca Chica,
one of the most famous beaches of the Dominican Republic.
These canopy beds were great for lounging in the sun with a good book.
Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes)
This is a 50-foot open-air limestone cave in Parque Mirador del Este, Santo Domingo.
These next few photo's were taken during our tour through the Dominican countryside.
As litter mates, Nemo and Rocky share a bond stronger than most. It can be seen on a daily basis and is documented in many of our photographs. They also share a bond with mother-nature and are happiest when exploring the world around them. The images below capture both their bond as brothers and with nature.
White Rocks, Cumberland County
Side by side, Nemo and Rocky will take-on any adventure.
At eight years old, the boys are still hard to keep up with and have no fear of heights.
They adore frolicking in the snow.
As soon as their paws land in it, their spirits renew and they are puppies once more.
Hiking Tumbling Run near Pine Grove Furnace
Like most Labrador Retrievers, Nemo and Rocky can't stay out of the water.
In their eyes, Tumbling Run is heaven on earth!
My mother-in-law's home is a favorite family getaway, especially for the canine members.
With plenty of land to run on, woods to explore, and a creek to swim in...
the cabin provides the ultimate escape for all of us.
Darlington Trail near Harrisburg
Because the Darlington Trail is near our home, we visit often.
After a tough day at "the office", Nemo and Rocky like to hit the trails.
Do your dogs feel the call of the wild? What do they like to do? Do they have close canine companions?
As a college graduation gift, Steve's mom, Linda, invited us to join her on an Alaskan cruise. Adventurous or not, an Alaskan cruise should be on your vacation wish list. A cruise is perfect for those who want to cover some serious ground in a week.
Lodging: Island Princess of Princess Cruises, Voyage: 2723 Travelers: Steve, Christine & Linda
The ship was beautiful and there was plenty to do while on board, though we spent as much time as possible on shore. In Ketchikan, we crossed rope bridges and zip-lined from tree to tree at Alaska Canopy Adventures. Juneau provided a whale watching and wildlife quest, where we saw Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, and Bald Eagles. Then we toured the Alaska State Museum, visited the Green Angel Gardens, explored the Mendenhall Glacier and quenched our thirst at the Red Dog Saloon downtown. Skagway was our next stop, where we spent time in town, went horseback riding, hiked the Chilkoot Trail, and white water rafted. Between Skagway and our last stop, Whittier, we sailed through Glacier Bay, which was breathtaking and provided plenty of photographic opportunities. In Whittier, we kayaked and caught salmon with our bare hands. Alaska is awesome, I can't wait to go back, and I can't thank Linda enough for such a wonderful experience.
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