We settled into the slip at The Yacht Club At Palmas del Mar just in time to fetch Mom from the San Juan Airport late evening on Monday.
|Right across the street!!!|
|The workers labored over open fires beneath huge pots of boiling oil|
|One woman was in charge of stoking the fire|
|A site NEVER before seen... MY MOTHER standing at a bar window ordering DRINKS!!!|
|Fresh Coconut for the ladies|
|It's an acquired taste... I'm trying to acquire it!|
|This is a taco...|
|Convenient graveside seating...|
|A man's grave is his castle?|
|Not sure what this is about...|
Filiberto Ojeda Rios - reportedly a player in Puerto Rico's quest for independence. It surprises me that this grave is left alone and that it's out here in some random out of the way little spot. Rest In Peace Filiberto...
|We continued on across mountain streams|
|We could see several huge waterfalls in the distance!|
|The sea in the distance|
|Towering tree ferns|
|Mountain creek pool|
|Huge fallen leaves littered the forrest|
|Mountain paths into the forrest|
|Lush growth everywhere|
|Beautiful tropical plants|
|Doesn't this look like they're standing under a giant mossy chicken?|
|Flowers growing wild|
|And the tree ferns...|
|I told you it was a big leaf... didn't I?|
|Mother found these snails on the flowers|
|Something about escargot...|
|The closed off road was accessible only on foot|
|I saved this moth from a moth-eating-lizzard|
|Check "drinking-from-mountain-stream" off the bucket list!|
|Sifting rocks looking for gold|
|The end of the road for me... Not dressed for climbing|
|A fallen and battered wild orchid... still beautiful|
|Frog EGGS! We went in search of a rather vocal frog and found them!|
|We're big fans of Pinchos!|
|Orchids and razor wire...|
|Guy in black is hustling over to stop this bird touching!|
|Must have Street Treats!|
|Tricked out school bus|
|The old wall down by the waterfront|
|Marina staff gave us a ride to the car in the golf cart!|
|Mother noticed cashews growing on the road side...|
|They feel waxy/oily and smell heavenly!|
|We drove along the coast road|
|This is mine. It has my teeth marks from trying to eat the frozen thing!|
We laughed and she ate the one we bought for her too!
|The view was better than the food unfortunately...|
We also ordered two small dishes of Mofongo. What is this Mofongo that everyone keeps telling us about???
|Very appetizing... NOT|
I'm not going to say that we didn't like this Puerto Rican staple.. but lets just say that after the Limbers and the other fried food we had just eaten... we weren't very hungry anymore... So the Mofongo was left behind... Been-there-done-that...
We passed a small mountain lake... did not know there were lakes up there!
We blew through one tiny town after another... past a big tree...
What? Wait! WHAT??? Go back to that tree! That is the most awesome tree I've ever seen!!!
I wonder about the lives of these people living in these little bitty places tucked into the mountainsides. What must it be like to grow up here? I will never know...
But Bruce, it's the road home. It goes up over the mountaintop and down the other side. We have to go. Nope. We're turning back...
I learned afterward that it was a Kapok tree. We parked on the narrow roadside so that Bruce and I... well... I could go and climb around on this marvelous tree. I think that this tree should be on the Top-Ten-Things-To-Do-In-Puerto-Rico... if only I could tell you where it WAS!!!
How many tree pictures does one need? The world may never know...
|Back through the dozens of little towns|
Back at the boat awe all collapsed. Touristing is hard work for people who aren't used to getting out and about much.
By this point Mom was getting pretty tired and sore. Her leg was aching and her whole body was rejecting this mistreatment.
We decided to call an end to our ramblings and just hang out. We did some provisioning and had happy hour at the poolside. No pictures of that for whatever reason... Our time with Mother was coming to a close as was our marina stay. We would take her back to the airport in the morning and leave for parts unknown in the afternoon.
It was a great visit even if we broke my Mother!!! I'm looking forward to next time! Love you Mom! Thanks for coming to see us!