The locals call it The Happy Island , what’s not to be happy about ? The weather is amazing averaging 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Since it is really a desert there is very little rain, low humidity and it is south of the storm belt making Hurricanes unlikely.


The coastline is beautiful with many areas of rough terrain only accessible by Jeep or similar vehicle.

There are several old shacks from the past where families would come to spend the weekend during festival times to fish and eat and spend time with family.

Way out in the desert is an old Spanish Gold Mine called “Bushiribana Mine”

it was made to look more like a fort to desguise it .

If you are looking for a party there is always the ever popular Banana Bus that is just that a bus ( no windows ) it does a little sight seeing and a whole lot of drinking with music and fun.

When you run out of steam and need to cool off there are also Thirteen Casinos.

More to see , a lighthouse, the first church, and an Ostrich Farm and No they are not a native bird.

Want to visit, get your passport and start packing there are plenty of Hotels if Cruising is not your cup of tea, Taxi’s are easy to come by and the fees are regulated by the Government .




The best part of Air Travel is never knowing whom or what you may see. As we arrived at our tiny Airport at 4:00am a bus pulled up. Assuming they would all be unloading we hurried to get ahead of the line. The passengers on the bus turned out to be a Hockey Team #SouthCarolinaStingrays. These guys don’t look anything like southern boys. 

Happy New Year 

Did I mention that most of my wonderful adventures thus far are thanks to #Carnival cruise ships. Make travel part of your New Years Resolution life is short enjoy it. 

Merry Christmas,Happy Kwanza,Happy Hanukkah 

What ever your religion practice peace, forgive and forget and as the saying goes do unto others. We can change the world for our children one person at a time. 

Mickey Treats 

Once again forgive me for being a little side tracked. I posted the photos on Pintrest and promised the directions would be here. 

All you need to make these cute treats are 

  • a box of Zebra Cakes
  • a box of swiss rolls
  • treat bags 
  • colored trwist ties or curling ribbon 
  • popsicle sticks 
  • melting chocolate 
  • smooth knife for spreading chocolate
  • sharp knife for cutting 
  • cookie sheet for assembling 

using sharp knife cut two pieces of swiss roll the thickness of the Zebra cake and place the flat side against the cake to form ears ( no sticks yet they are last)

asseble as many as you plan to make when completed we will glue together with chocolate 

place a small amount of melting chocolate in bowl to microwave when smooth start gluing the ears on each cake

once they are completed using more chocolate gently paint over just the front of the swiss roll then dip sticks one by one about an inch in chocolate and insert in cake for a handle

once they cool or set up flip over and repeat painting the swiss roll 

again after cool or set now pick up the cake on a stick and completely paint the Ear ( swiss roll) be careful the chocolate from the swiss roll will flake off so seal it completely 

cool off your done just bag them up

Bonaire 🇧🇶

We continue with #Bonaire. As you can see from the photos it is beautiful. There are alot of hotel casino properties along the waterfront. The area is known for its salt flats and attracts flamingos.

Did you know that flamingos are born white? The minerals in the salt give them the pink color. 

 These are slave huts. Since it took nearly a day to walk here to work, slaves lived here during the week. 

There are continuous changes here on the island. New hotels and clearing of old , there are no hurricanes but they still receive damage from high tides during the rainy season.

Bonaire is a popular dive spot , a boat is not required due to the way the shore is you can just walk into the water. 

Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

I love to visit new places and people and learn first hand about other cultures. Traveling by cruise ship is a simple way to do this. Many may choose the candy coated version but I like to venture out and see things for what they are.

If you like jewelry Amber and Larimar are both very prevalent here. There are museums dedicated to them.

With that in mind it surprises me how many people choose here to visit for long vacations. I found the majority of people we interacted with unfriendly and not wanting to bother with tourists.

We still enjoyed our time, the first day at a resort being pampered on the beach. If you never left this little bit of paradise your golden.


The following day we visited La Romana this area exists because of shell oil and Paramount Pictures. Several movies have been filmed here along the river , Rambo , Predator , Anaconda and more.



Also overlooking the Charon River is the Village of Altos de Chavon with many cobblestone pathways leading to the Archeological Museum , and The Famous School of Design. The Church of St. Stanislaus Consecrated in 1979 Pope John Paul II sent the ashes of Poland’s patron saint, St. Stanislaus , and a hand carved statue to commemorate the church’s inauguration .  

Many famous movie stars have been married here as well as held there receptions in the courtyard.


 The Amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra has since hosted dozens of famous performers such as Sting, Elton John, Marc Anthony , Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and many more. Today this theatre is still a very important part December 30th, 2016 Enrique Iglesias performs.

Next we continue on to Bonaire and the salt flats. This was a very beautiful view from the ship with clear blue waters and colorful surroundings. During our journey, especially when we find a location we may want to return to , we asked about the crime among other things. We were told the crime is relatively low (relative to what I wonder as all of the businesses had bars on their windows.) 


Happy Thanksgiving 

“Be Thankful “

Veterans Day 

Thank You 

Just before dawn 

Oneonta tree to grace Rockefeller Center

Story by Jessica Reynolds staff writer The Daily Star

ONEONTA — Halloween had hardly begun Monday when news about Christmas took center stage.
That’s because a massive Norway spruce at 72 Country Club Road in the town of Oneonta has been selected to serve as this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in Manhattan, according to a Monday morning media release from the center.
Area officials said Monday that they were excited to hear the news, rumors of which had been circulating for several months.
The tree is in Angie and Graig Eichler’s backyard.
“It’s true,” Angie Eichler said Monday. “We’re excited. We’ve known for a while now. We’re glad we can finally talk about it.”
However, the Eichlers — who both work at SUNY Oneonta — cannot actually talk about it, at least not to media personnel. Brady Littlefield, a representative from Rubenstein*, refused to allow any further interviews with them until next week, when the huge evergreen will be cut down.
The Rockefeller Christmas tree tradition dates back to 1931, when construction workers erected the first one on the center plaza block. The holiday icon is now raised there every year.
The center takes applications for a Christmas tree from the public each year, according to the site. To be considered, a tree must be in the later years of its life cycle and must measure at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter, it said.
“If you have a Norway Spruce you would like us to consider, please complete the form to the left,” the website reads. “Any details on the tree, including its approximate age and any related family stories, are greatly appreciated. If we are interested in exploring your tree more closely, we will be in touch.”
Last year’s tree also came from New York, from the Ulster County town of Gardiner.
Several friends gathered Monday outside of the Eichler’s home, a small brown house with green trim.
Meanwhile, workers from Torsilieri Inc. of New Jersey emerged from large trucks and unloaded plywood onto the Eichler’s front lawn. The landscape business has a “reputation for sensitivity in moving large trees,” according to a 2007 obituary in The New York Times for Marc Torsilieri, who graduated from the State University College of Technology at Delhi.
The Eichler’s spruce will be cut Thursday, Nov. 10, and will arrive at its New York City home on Saturday, Nov. 12, according to the Monday media release.
John Carroll, a spokesman from New York State Electric & Gas in Oneonta, said arrangements have already been made to temporarily relocate some wires and conductors at the house so there’s nothing in the way of cranes.
After being wrapped with more than 50,000 multi-colored, LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski star, the Oneonta tree will be lit during NBC’s live “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the announcement said. The tree will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 7.
According to NBC, the center’s tree is usually milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity after it’s taken down.
Several people said Monday that there have been rumblings of the news around town, but it was, largely, kept a secret.
Peggy Falco, who lives around the corner on Handsome Avenue, said she can see the tree from her home. She heard several months ago that the spruce was in the running for Rockefeller Center, she said.
“We see it all the time,” said Falco, who has lived in her house for about a year. “The neighborhood has known about it. It’s going to be quite an occasion to see it moved. I’m sure all the neighbors will gather around to watch. Very exciting.”
Oneonta Town Supervisor Robert Wood said he was also “pretty excited” to hear the news Monday.
“I need to drive by and look at it,” he said. “We’re thrilled. When we see it on TV, we’ll all know it’s a little — or big — piece of home.”
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig agreed.
“I think this will just reinforce the message that Oneonta is an absolutely beautiful place,” Herzig said, “and make people want to visit or live here.”
Frank Russo, executive director of the Oneonta Family YMCA, said it was no surprise to him to hear that the tree is coming from Angie Eichler’s property. Eichler is a fitness instructor at the YMCA, he said.
“Angie is involved in all kinds of community things,” he said. “She’s a very community-spirited person, and she’s always happy and bubbly. This is really cool for their family and for Oneonta.”
Barbara Ann Heegan, president and chief executive officer of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, said she’s looking forward to visiting the tree in Manhattan with her family.
“We’ll have to get Eastern Travel to organize a bus trip,” she said Monday. “I think that people who go to see this Christmas tree from all over the world are going to really appreciate its beauty. And to know that that’s coming from Oneonta, I think, just makes it magical and speaks volumes about the beauty of our area. I think it will truly put a spotlight on our region.”
*Story changed at 11:36 am Nov. 1 to provide the correct name of the company.

  • Just a little side trip…. 

Cooperstown After Dark take a look and see it in a whole new way. It’s a different world pre dawn.

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