These ladies are from the northeast coast of the US, where winter has their former home in a firm grip. While we frolic in the sun and lush green of an endless summer, we wasted hardly a thought on those poor souls who are standing in snow today.
My objective: Return to the Efraín Archilla Díez Reserva Natural Humacao. We found this place accidentally on our way home from a staycation back in February, 2020. That seems like a lifetime ago! I can't believe that it has taken us a year to get back to where we were pre-pandemic... but this is our life now, so be it! I'm just deliriously happy that we can begin to get back to our normal life, even if it is a "new" normal... So, masks firmly in place, we loaded up our sun protective clothing and our neighbors, and away we went!
The drive along the south coast heading east, is sprinkled with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Sue and Kim have lived in Puerto Rico for more than a year now, but since most of that has been subject to the Covid Lockdown, they have seen almost nothing of the island. I plan to rectify that, so today, we took many detours from our route so that I could show them some of our favorites! We stopped only briefly at each place, but I did pause long enough to get this Moment of Zen from Playa Los Bohios, where, by the way, we are happy to see some infrastructure improvement happening...
Eventually we did arrive to our intended destination... so take a walk with me!
|The trail begins wide and clear, but there are parts that are more of a challenge...
|One very strange mushroom!
|These leaves make wonderful umbrellas!
|The view from beneath a papaya tree is always fun!
|Leptospron Adenthum or more commonly "Snail Flower"
|Look daunting? Little bit!!
|One last push and we're there!
|The beach we visited is down below
|Of course this is the perfect photo op for Susan and I!
|Looking inside the bunker, I can see how to get inside...
|Hmmm. Although those bars look pretty solid, there were no volunteers for climbing down!
|We could not see anything extraordinary from the top, but once down... there's this!
I LOVE the little unexpected murals we find all over the island! Especially the wings! The artists of Puerto Rico can make any kind of eyesore into a work of art!
|Puerto Rican pride is evident by the Banderas painted everywhere!
|Bruce gets in on the fun!
|Extraordinary view from here!
|Super-fun interactive mural!
|I even wore a flowered outfit! A little watering makes the flowers grow!
|Fallen Maga flower. This is the national flower of Puerto Rico
|Burgers as big as your head!
|A CHEERS to end the day with a refreshing pomegranate-coconut mojito!