Hurricane Erika or the remnants of it passed by Florida over the weekend without much impact. It was raining the whole day Monday in Melbourne and Florida (not sure if it was the whole state though but I doubt it) was put on a flood alert after days of frenzied news updates about the possibility of then tropical storm Erika turning into the state’s first hurricane of the season.
This hurricane blasted through the Caribbean though and brought much damage to Dominica, Puerto Rico and Haiti.
Being away from home for a long time was a first for us, so we monitored the news like a hawk, even asking our local friends their opinions if we needed to put up the hurricane shutters. In true Floridian fashion, most said that we don’t need to, unless it was a Category 3. Thank God for real honest to goodness local people who take the much exaggerated weather news with a grain of salt. And thank God for friends who are willing to put up our hurricane shutters if need be. We don’t know what to do without them!
With the event of this storm passing through Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic, particularly Samana and the Dominican Tree House Village came to my mind. Not too long ago, my hubby and I had a quick unforgettable four day trip to this country. We felt we developed such a strong connection to the staff at the Tree House that by the end of our trip, they all seemed like family to us. So it is but natural to worry about how they fared during the hurricane.
The next day, a Facebook post from their page was put up saying they were luckily spared from the wrath of the rains and the winds and that everyone was safe and no property was damaged. I was happy to hear that!
This post is a throwback to our good ol’ Samana days.
And that is it. Samana in a nutshell!
Hope y’all enjoyed my photos!