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Heads Up Hiker
By Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley, AZ
The best hikes in the county, safety, plus plants, trees and wildlife on the way!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog: Hiking a Caribbean beach

 Cheryl Hartz

Top, Molly and Eric Bertch start married life on the beach; middle: sunrise in Punta Cana; bottom, Ethan, Molly and Sarah in the Caribbean. Courtesy photo (top) and two by Myron Hartz.

Since January I've tried to not write this blog, but I just can't restrain myself anymore. I have to talk about "hiking" in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, beside the beautiful Caribbean. OK, so I didn't explore any wild trails. But for a week, I hoofed it back and forth to the beach, up and down the beach, on the sand volleyball court on the beach...you get the picture.

When we weren't on the beach, we were walking to one or another of the all-inclusive resort's several restaurants, or to the evening's entertainment, or to the shops, or to the gym, or to other family members' rooms.

It was great to stay out of vehicles for the week. The only exception was a short bus ride to the "Wedding Boat" for an excursion the day before daughter, Molly's, wedding to Eric. Thanks, Molly and Eric, for giving us a reason for this vacation!

The wedding ceremony entailed an afternoon walk to the beach, followed by a late evening of dancing. I felt great doing all of that, although by midnight or so, when I finally fell into bed, I don't think I could've walked another step. I'd been on my feet since early that morning.

The good news was, the next day - after treating a couple of blisters - I was ready to go again.

I'm so glad I rededicated my body to exercise two years ago - more hiking and going to the gym. All those spin classes paid off.

I even attended one spin class in the D.R., where I was the lone participant. The instructor gave me a Spanish lesson during the session. He acted impressed by my conditioning (maybe because I could talk and do cardio at the same time). He said most Americans he sees are very overweight and not in shape. That was not a surprise to me.

So even if the rewards of trail hiking didn't include nature's incredible sights, sounds and smells, all that walking proves beneficial for any activity in which you might want to indulge.

I have to stay in shape. I don't want to miss anything.

Such a big world, such short legs...

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: Courtney Comstock

Lovely blog on a lovely trip! As a fellow "family member" on that trip with you, I have to agree that it was nice to be on foot for a whole week. However, my feet took a poundin' and my legs were achin' from all the walkin' on that beautiful beach. MamaJuana!

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: green with envy

Sounds like a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime event that everyone enjoyed to the max.
From someone who also has short legs and big plans to see the world.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Aspen Jack

I have been to the Caribbean and enjoyed the beach on the ocean. A very peaceful and enjoyable experience. But, for me, there is no more peaceful and beautiful ecosystem than the mountain forests of the western US.

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