One night will remind you

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It’s that time of year again.  The Mister and I are baseball fans, so we’re excited for warm nights at the ball park, hot dogs, and racing President mascots.  Here are a couple of snaps from my first game of the season.

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Wanderings: Horseback riding in the Dominican Republic

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Though we spent most of our time in the Dominican Republic lazing around the beach, we were able to see a little more of the La Romana area via horseback.  Our resort helped us set up a horseback riding trip that meandered through the lush countryside and along the beaches.

It was a lovely way to spend a balmy, breezy morning, and our guides were warm, easy-going and fun to chat with. One of them spoke four languages fluently, several more languages proficiently, and seemed to have lived a dozen lifetimes.  The two older men declared that the youngest guide had pretty much been born on a horse and was the best horseman of the three.

Cowboy Mister

Cowboy Mister

Hibiscus flower on horseback

A gift: Hibiscus flower on horseback

Guides and rides

Guides and rides

After our ride, we explored a Dominican cigar factory, ventured to a grocery store where we happened to meet former baseball all-star Julio Franco, and stopped at a small lunch counter to pick up food that ended up being the best meal we ate our entire time in the D.R.

Local catch

Local catch

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Bananas

Bananas

Sampling the local coconuts

Sampling the local coconuts

Cigar maker

Cigar maker

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Amazing local food

Amazing local food

It’s good to be home for a weekend

It was good to be home for the weekend.  I spent a lot of time catching up on sleep, cooking, sorting through photos, and celebrating a friend’s birthday.  Here are a few phone snaps from the last couple of days.

Pork belly ramen

Pork belly ramen

Raspberries at the farmers market

Raspberries at the farmers market

Biking in heels for the first time

Biking in heels for the first time

Great seats at the baseball game

Great seats at the baseball game

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