|Honey could you pick up some bananas on your way home from work?|
Rental cars are pretty cheap here and Marina Pescaderia keeps a couple on site, which makes it VERY convenient. We picked one up on Saturday afternoon and hit the road to Rincon.
This is the second car rental we've had here in Puerto Rico. The first day we pretty much did mundane things like provisioning, taking the cat to the vet to attend to her travel requirements and looking for boat parts. This time it was all for FUN!
|Mangos on the ground|
|Bamboo on the left.|
Punta Higuero Lighthouse near Rincon, PR. with plans to arrive just in time for the sunset... unfortunately the clouds got in the way... but the views were still pretty awesome!
|Surfers waiting for that big wave...|
|Obligatory lighthouse selfie|
|Pouring down rain!|
Maybe it's because running for cover in the pouring rain makes EVERYTHING better! We were both soaking wet by the time we ran from the car parked down the street... This place was busy! But we were seated right away and just in time for happy hour! SCORE!
|Salt Pans to our left|
|Salt deposits around the edges of the lagoon from our position shown above|
|National Parks provide this viewing tower|
|Looking back from where we had come|
|Zoom to the Salt Flats where you can see the red color from brine shrimp|
|Piles of salt|
|I'm not sure why shirts are so important here...|
|The lighthouse in the distance|
We wondered as we viewed the mouth of this secure little bay if this would be a possible anchorage... There were lots of rocks outside the mouth but it looked like maybe there was a way in with settled weather...
|The mouth of the bay|
|Heading up the hill toward the lighthouse|
|Looking up from the ground floor|
|Back toward the front door from the tower steps|
|We were only allowed to the roof|
|Looking back along the peninsula|
|The little bay and the Caribbean beyond|
|The tiny door to the top|
|This one ran toward me... I think he was going to push me over the edge!|
|See our shadows far below?|
|We actually saw this light shining every 20 seconds when we crossed the Mona|
|It seemed like I was much closer...|
We went inside not knowing exactly what to expect. Jose had advised us to arrive early because sometimes they run out of food... It was about 11:30 and there were only a couple of other people seated at the long banquet-style tables on the patio.
|Pork, arroz con gandules and casava|
|Pastel de Yuca Kind of a tamale with yuca instead of cornmeal|
|Pastel de plantain or banana|
The meat was very good and flavorful through and through. The rice was DELICIOUS with capers... and the cassava was interesting. It was like potato but with a more creamy and rich texture. The flavoring was slightly vinegary and quite good. We did our best to eat the huge pile of food but ended up taking a lot home for dinner.
We enjoyed the company of two men who were from Puerto Rico but had lived in New York for many years. It was a lot of fun hearing about their younger years growing up here.
|This chicken cruised the aisles all during our meal.|
|Horse parking lot...|
|The dinghy dock and anchorage|
|The bridge over the canal which leads to the marina|
|The inhabitant of this one has escaped...|