Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Dean dishes out surprises for travelers
Ace JackelopeHurricane Dean's destructive path made two I-Reporters' travels a lot more interesting than they otherwise would have been. They sent in photos and video of their experiences with the storm, like many other readers. (See the storm through I-Reporters' camera lenses)

Nicole Leffler got an unexpected extension of her a honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She was supposed to leave the resort where she was staying on Sunday, August 19, but had to stay until the storm subsided. That day, she captured photos of the resort being boarded up to protect it from the force of Dean. A group area was set up to entertain guests, she said. The Orlando, Florida, resident said she's used to hurricanes, but it's different when you're not on your home turf. She's not the only I-Reporter whose travel plans were affected by Hurricane Dean.

Ace JackelopeHarry Greenstreet of Dixon, California, got a memorable trip of his own in Cozumel, Mexico. He was in Mexico for a scuba diving challenge when Dean was approaching. At his hotel, he saw dolphins being transferred to the pool from Dolphin Discovery Cozumel, a facility where people can see marine life including dolphins. Greenstreet said the dolphin park is right on the water, so the trainers put them in the hotel pool to keep them safe during the hurricane. He saw about 20 dolphins total in the pool and said hotel guests' cameras were out to capture the spectacle.

"The trainers took excellent care and stayed with the dolphins during the storm," Greenstreet said.

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