Buenagente and Inteliperra walking the shaded paths outside of the Faro a Colón.

Morning Walk With My Kids

Todays Morning Walk-About – Villa Duarte, Santo Domingo Este. Faro a Colón, Simonico, La Francia and back to Los Molinos.

I know, my kids and I walk every morning. We try to walk different routes each day to keep it new and interesting. But there are just so many roads to take. The dogs seem to know where they want to go. Sometimes I let them lead me. When walking with both Inteliperra and Buenagente I have to let them take turns as to which route they want to go. Sometimes I need to step in and we go where I want to go, especially when we start getting too far from the right direction.

Buenagente, Inteliperra and I, the momma, started our walk today at 5:30AM. It has been so hot and humid the earlier the walk the less I sweat. We cannot walk before 5AM because of the toque de queda which translates to curfew (Curfew right now is Monday thru Friday 7PM to 5AM and Saturday and Sunday 5PM to 5AM).

We walked up Av. Mirador del Este and 5 dogs decided they wanted to fight. Both my kids were barking and lunging but my faithful stick I always carry kept them at bay.

We crossed to walk in the little green space between the street, Parque Pensador where I felt like we were in the wild west. It was still pretty dark. 2 men were walking in the opposite direction. I heard them say, delinquents. When we passed each other, on either side of the grass, I saw a pistol in one man’s hand he was holding down at his side. I said, “Wow, is that a gun? Do you need that here?” He and the other man laughed and we passed in peace, thank God! I really was not worried, I see guns here a lot.

Further up the park the taxi driver that likes the dogs had to meow like a cat. The dogs ignore him. I laugh to make him feel good.

The Faro a Colón at 5:45AM. No lights outside.

The Faro a Colón at 5:45AM. No lights outside.

So, we got to the Faro a Colón. All the lights surrounding the Lighthouse and the park were out. I asked a man I know sitting on the wall in the dark what happened. He told me the electricity has been out in the area all night long.

The Faro a Colón at 5:45AM. Buenagente wants to head into Simonica.

The Faro a Colón at 5:45AM. Buenagente wants to head into Simonica.

We made it halfway around the Faro when Buenagente had to make the turn. He likes to go into the barrios. Inteliperra likes to walk around the Lighthouse. But, it was Buenas’ turn to pick the route.

The Faro a Colón. Buenagente posing in front of the Pope Mobile.

The Faro a Colón. Buenagente posing in front of the Pope Mobile.

I did get a picture of Buenagente in front of the Pope Mobile.

Buenagente and Inteliperra leaving the Faro a Colón heading to Las Americas.

Buenagente and Inteliperra leaving the Faro a Colón heading to Las Americas.

Buenagente lead us to the exit and to cross the street away from the Faro.

Buenagente and Inteliperra walking the shaded paths outside of the Faro a Colón.

Buenagente and Inteliperra walking the shaded paths outside of the Faro a Colón.

We walked the shaded paths along Av. Iberoamericana and turned down Av. Faro a Colón to Av. Los Pinos in Simonico, Villa Duarte.

Inteliperra passing a nice wooden house, D'Maracaibo Cambio Dolares, in Simonico Villa Duarte

Inteliperra passing a nice wooden house, D’Maracaibo Cambio Dolares, in Simonico Villa Duarte

We headed where Inteliperra wanted to go and ended up passing a nice wooden house, D’Maracaibo Cambio Dolares, on Calle Colón in Simonico, Villa Duarte.

Centro Educativo Arbol de la Enseñanza, Calle Colón, Simonico, Villa Duarte.

Centro Educativo Arbol de la Enseñanza, Calle Colón, Simonico, Villa Duarte.

I love taking pictures of wooden houses and schools. Well, really, I just love taking pictures of whatever I find interesting. I love this little school we passed, Centro Educativo Arbol de la Enseñanza, on Calle Colón in Simonico, Villa Duarte.

Parque La Francia in La Francia, Villa Duarte

Parque La Francia in La Francia, Villa Duarte

We came out at the Parque La Francia in La Francia, Villa Duarte. Now it was my turn to pick the direction. I was ready to head home. We turned down Calle Olegaro Vargas to head back home to Los Molinos.

Inteliperra and Buenagente on Calle Olegaro Vargas to head back home to Los Molinos

Inteliperra and Buenagente on Calle Olegaro Vargas to head back home to Los Molinos

We did visit with our friend chihuahua with a hairy nose (Canine hyperkeratosis). He got a few treaties and a pat on the head. I call him Hairy.

Cat watching the dogs get a drink of water at the watering station at a nice man's house in Los Molinos.

Cat watching the dogs get a drink of water at the watering station at a nice man’s house in Los Molinos.

We were almost home and as usual, the dogs had to stop at the little watering station a man has in front of his home. The cat was intently watching the dogs getting a drink from the window.

Then we crossed Av. España and went home.

Map of the 2 mile walkabout with Buenagente and Inteliperra around Villa Duarte early in the morning.

Map of the 2 mile walkabout with Buenagente and Inteliperra around Villa Duarte early in the morning.

It was a good walk. The dogs came home and had another drink of water. They each had a raw beef bone. I had a cup of coffee, a slice of toast and a banana papaya drink I made in the blender with a little powdered milk and ice. Buenagente and Inteliperra are now sleeping soundly in their favorite sleeping spots. I am here writing a story with the usual numb feet and throbbing calves. All is good with the world. Have I mentioned that I love these dogs? Well, let me, I love my dogs…lol

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