|Sahara Dust Haze|
Our rationale was this: If a storm came off the coast of Africa and headed our way... by the time it reached Puerto Rico it would still be a weak storm having had either insufficient time to develop or would have inhospitable conditions.
This year we had weeks of hazy skies from Sahara Dust blowing off the African coast. The dust that blanketed this part of the Caribbean essentially kept the sea temperatures down so that storms were slow to develop.
|Our sunrise view|
|Lots of lovely wi-fi at the snack bar... Every morning we took our computers and surfed the internet...|
Days spent doing things like making grocery runs with our little cart...
Other critters from which Bruce protected me... Iguanas!
|Introducing JM and Michael to the others...|
|Walking through town on our way to the festival|
|Local statue celebrating the fishermen|
|A day at the festival!|
|Local rice dish... very popular!|
|Pinchos! Our favorite street-rood!|
|Janet Lee sharing her fan with me... it was HOT!|
|Little shack that opened up some days to sell lunch|
|A home along the way that sells empanadillas ... yummy street food!|
|We rode the streets of town...|
|Random Creepy Santa|
|We'll take the big one!|
|And THAT ONE!!!|
|Poor Bruce... he always gets the ugly jobs...|
|It seems like it's always storming over the mountains.|
|Tarpon hang out here at the marina all the time.|
|We did some laundry onboard...|
|Brunch for about $5 at the local bakery. We went there a LOT!|
More friends arrived, this time it was Kimberly and John-Michael from Louisiana aboard their boat, Pura Vida. They stayed for a month and we did some adventuring with them...
|Bryce (Smidgen) laying it all out there|
One evening we were sitting around talking with them and another couple, also coincidentally from Louisiana... and somebody suggested we have a Gumbo pot luck! Two nights later, we contributed cornbread to their two pots of delicious authentic gumbo. Sometimes it's easier to get forgiveness than permission, and we got chewed out a little by the marina for having a renegade pot luck...(read your contract people) but it was already done... so there you have it.
|Bruce and Kenny (Smidgen) serving it up|
That got us going... we went out to Los Jobos and staked out a spot to move the boat should the storm develop into a hurricane before it got to us.
Meanwhile, we continued enjoying Puerto Rico...
Since we had saved the expense of buying a car, we rented one a few times while we were here.
|Not much room to pull over but stunning views!|
|Las Tetas de Cayey!|
|Never pass a bakery...|
|Lunch! We had no idea what we were ordering... The daily special!|
A second word of advice... Google sucks! SO many times it took us to the back entrance (or not) of the thing we wanted to see... SO many times it took us to a dead end or roadblock where there had once been a through street but no longer... or maybe there was NEVER a street... But it was an adventure and we eventually found our way.
Hot Springs for a future visit. Bruce didn't want to sit in hot water during the day...
|Our route except the middle is missing...|
|This piece was more than 2,000 years old.|
We weren't able to get a tour in English, but there was one docent there who spoke to John-Michael in Spanish and he relayed the information. It was fascinating.
Our luck just seems to be continuing with attractions we wish to see being closed... This time it was Museo Castillo Serralles... a castle owned by the family who owns the Don Q rum distillery (also not giving tours)
Cruceta del Vigia and took a look around.
This structure reminded us very much of the Columbus Lighthouse in the Dominican Republic... in that both are very ugly and left us wondering why they were ever built.
So at this point our summer is half over. We are in the thick of hurricane season and we've decided to stay through Mid-November...
We have completely settled into our lives here in sleepy little Salinas, PR and the time seems to just stretch out before us... We can't believe we've been within this 160 mile area for almost six months. Six. Months.