2006 IPS Biennial - ConclusionDay 1 - Saturday, September 30th --
Day 8 - Saturday, October 7thDominican Republic
Santo Domingo - Juan Dolio - Barrera, Azua - Sierra Martin Garcia - Barahona - Jaragua National Park - Sierra de Bahoruco National Park - Azua - Baní - Santo Domingo
The day after the farewell dinner, Sunday October 8th, was spent relaxing for my immediate group and myself. Our bus to the airport left at 1:30 PM, so we hung around the hotel, saying farewell to the attendees who left before then. When our bus came, we reluctantly got on board and spent the thirty minute ride to the airport talking about everything, and taking in our last views of the Dominican Republic. After a small snafu involving some of our luggage, we got airborne very quickly. The ride back to Miami was very short, a mere two hours. We shared the ride with other Miami-bound attendees, and a few others going on to California. We made a mental note that many other attendees had a much longer ride to go.
My travelogue of the 2006 IPS Biennial included too many memorable moments to count. All in all, I took 1,365 photos during the biennial, and only posted 410 of them, an even 30.0%. Minus the last one, they were all in order in which they were taken. I posted what I felt to be the most palm and people rich ones. This was only one aspect of the biennial shown through the lens of one attendee's camera. There were countless other stories and adventures that took place during the biennial. Kathryn and companies' trip to the beach south of Barahona was one very good example. I would have loved to had gone to that beach, but you can't do all that there is on a biennial, but you can try. Another story that unfolded after the biennial, involved the always matching Ray & Theresa Gompf. They decided to end their trip with a week long adventure of the island. They rented a car at the airport, and took off in a random direction. Following no plan at all, just following the wind.
I was asked by many during the biennial, and afterwards what my favorite moment was. A difficult decision to say the least. The one that caused the most amount of excitement for me was standing next to a giant specimen of Pseudophoenix ekmanii
It was a dream of mine to see any large specimens, let alone one in habitat. Standing next to one, and having that brief moment of tactile contact sent shivers up my spine. It was exhilarating, simply put. I heard from other attendees who shared the same moment as their favorite. Another ongoing question I received during the trip was what was my favorite photo. You can't imagine the frustration and difficulty trying to answer that one. When I figured in not just the artistic photos, but the ones including some very heavy logistics, I could think of one in particular.
This is one of many favorites, but it stands out for one reason. The fact of how much time and money it would take to recreate the entire photo, including getting every person in the same spot again to photograph. A near impossible task I imagine. Every other photograph I took, was a close second.
I hope this topic gave most of you who were unable to attend this biennial, an interesting view to how 150 palm fanatics had fun in the Dominican Republic. Not to mention my third of the group on the legendary 'Green Bus'
. I don't think I can ever forget those bus rides. For those who did attend the biennial, this topic was to show how much fun I had in sharing it. If you think this biennial was something you should not have missed, your correct. If anything it should make you focus on making the next one in Costa Rica, which I look forward to seeing everyone at. The photo above proved to me the one key thing I learned during the trip. A biennial is not just for viewing palms, but is for the people who share their admiration for them...
See you under the palms,