|I LOVE PR
Things are easing up a bit here in Puerto Rico in the Covid-19 department. While it's still here, we have seen a drop in cases and mortality, largely due to the fact that most Puerto Ricans are simply very compliant in doing their part to minimize the spread. For that, we are thankful. We're experiencing a feeling of awakening, after a long snooze, and so, must be off adventuring. Today, we meander to the East again. Back in October of last year we did some beach hopping, but we knew that we had missed some! Today, with a little more planning, we packed up our beach chairs, and hit the road!
It's about the journey, not the destination!
Nowhere is this more true, than in Puerto Rico. When we take off in the car, we are always looking for those little things that lead to the big things... The joy of discovering new awesomeness is alive and well in Puerto Rico. Maybe I need to create a T-shirt that says "Give a Puerto Rican some paint... and they will create magic!" Magic was just what we felt as we encountered these unlikely murals in the town of Yabucoa!
And just a short distance away, while looking both ways to turn onto another road, I found these! I just could not resist parking on the side of the road for some fun!
|This is the Flag for the Municipality of Yabucoa!
Continuing on our way, we stopped off for a couple of tripleta sandwiches from a favorite panaderia for a picnic brunch at one of Puerto Rico's many balnearios, or beach parks. Today's find is Guayanés Beach! There were a few people using the park, and several maintenance workers out making things nice for us... but we drove to the end of the the palapas and unpacked our gear for a nice picnic... with a view!
|Our Breakfast View
|Ruins of some sort of structure, probably an old dock.
|Rio Guayanés, evidently!
I hadn't really been paying too much attention to where we were in relation to the rest of the coast, and so, was surprised to realize that we were fast approaching the channel that leads into the harbor of Yabucoa. It's an industrial port that we've visited before, only from the south shore. Just before we reached the rock piles that line the channel, we discovered the mouth of the Guayanés river.
|A thin ribbon of deep channel ran from the river to the Sea.
The boardwalk took us though the swampland, which was at a very low level according to the height gauge seen in the video. Hard to imagine that the water can get up over the walkway! The scents of the forest were fresh and unique, with an occasional bit of stinky... But what do you expect from a swamp. Lizards scattered as we walked the cool, sun-dappled pathway, and next time, we will bring our lunch for a picnic in one of several resting spots. This place is peaceful and serene, and it left us with renewed vigor to FIND THAT STINKIN' SECRET BEACH!!
|La Table Los Gollines (Secret Beach Humacao)
|Bruce enjoys the sandwich... and the view!
|The island of Vieques in the distance
|Another little river...
|I was all set to go for another walk... but Bruce called a halt! Save it for another day!