The room Bruce and I had was on the second floor of a wooden structure. There aren't many buildings constructed of wood in Puerto Rico. I'm sure that when our whole world began to sway, both of us were thinking "Is this a good thing?". Would the wood construction have enough flexibility to withstand this movement? Or would the solid concrete be better. We don't know the answer to that, but at least nothing fell on our heads!!
Obviously, sleep was over once that happened. We dressed quickly and went down to the pool area to source some much needed coffee!
|It was a 6.1 and we are in the yellow circle!|
|Beautiful sunrise from our porch deck!|
|Pool area in the quiet of morning|
|Is there something racy about getting your coffee from a BAR!?|
|Beautiful Pool area of La Jamaca Hotel in Lajas|
|This is when I love him the most!|
|Nerves are settling back to normal after the earthquake!|
So a little back-story here. It's January. Puerto Rico has been experiencing an alarming string of earthquakes since sometime in December. I had purposely not mentioned this to my guests, so as not to send any alarms about the visit. Selfishly, I didn't want them to cancel their plans. Thankfully, they were totally fine with being awakened by the strongest yet, in a string of damaging quakes! Trust in the "Vacation Safety Bubble" that has always protected me while on vacation!
|Playita Rosada - sadly, closed today!|
|Got a look at the Border Patrol Blimp in Lajas|
We all made the climb to the top for the view, had some Limbers, (small cups of a frozen concoction purchased from one of the painted houses) and continued on our way to our house. We got all settled in, showed everyone our new home, unpacked the suitcases and went to bed... Only to be awakened by another big earthquake!!! This one was a 6.0 and could easily be felt all the way to Arroyo!!! This one knocked out the power grid Island wide! That's no electricity. That's no air conditioning. That's no lights. And we have guests!! I've gotta say though, our guests took it all in stride. Just part of the adventure. Plus, at that point, we figured it would come back on in a few hours... so we went on with our plans for the day.
And what are those plans? I plan to convince my family that we live in the most amazing place on the planet! First on the agenda was a "day at the beach" right outside our back door!
We took the umbrella and chairs, and Bruce and I watched as Mark and his family made some memories.
After spending a while at the beach, the kids got bored... so we moved on to the pool. Our pool is just about as perfect as it can get. We had the whole place to ourselves, and the waterfall was going, so we all relaxed and had some more fun in the sun!
|B looks back as she scrambles over a huge tree root!|
We swam around and explored for a while. Then Mark and Laura left us to watch the kids, while they went off on an adventure. They swam into the mouth of the falls, climbed up the rocks, and disappeared over the top! I've never been up there, but I've heard that there is another pool and falls.
|The current runs strong between the rocky banks|
|Should have cleared the lens...|
We watched until they reappeared, and one of the kids wondered what they were doing up there. I teased them, saying "They're probably kissing!". B said "Hmm, I doubt that..." LOL, out of the mouths of babes! But when they actually DID some kissing... I was vindicated!
|He stands in front of her...|
|So she stands in front of him...|
|Then they kiss and make up. Ahhh five minutes without kids!|
|Laura threatening to slide down the falls...|
|Yay! They came back!|
|Sometimes he's awesome!|
|M steps right up for a mid-river rock-picnic!|