After meeting the full team, we headed to the furniture store to buy 3 beds, 2 dressers, 2 rocking chairs, and a table with 4 chairs. These were to be a surprise for the family in their new home. We then headed to Los Robles for the last time. After finishing up details such as building a ladder to get to the loft and installing the door, we moved in the furniture. After presenting the family with their completed home we said our goodbyes and drove off.
We returned to the hotel to change clothes and get ready to go to the beach and the larimar mines. At the beach we enjoyed lunch and swimming in the very cold waters of the river which ran into the ocean. The rip current is too strong in the ocean to go swimming, but it was delightful just standing up to our knees. We then dried off and headed to the base of the mountain, got into two trucks, and started our hours long journey up the mountain. The view of the mountains was just like something taken from Jurassic Park. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a dinosaur popped up. We arrived at the mines and we were able to walk through one of them. It smelled earthy and nasty, it was very damp, moist and muddy. We didn't go in very far but we learned that that mine stretched almost 800 ft under ground. After everyone got a chance to go into the mine, we gathered together and we were able to purchase any of the larimar merchandise some of the miners displayed for us. We started to make our descent down the mountain, which was very bumpy but enjoyable nonetheless.
We got back into our bus and made our way back to the restaurant for our final dinner in Barahona followed by the celebration of Mansi's birthday with cake. Last, we headed back to the hotel for our final debriefing and preparing for our flight the next day.
Hasta la vista,
Kelly and Mansi