Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Other People's Vacation Pics ~ Going Home


Stepping out onto the porch, I saw THIS!
Staying in a B&B with friends in other parts of the island is something we thoroughly enjoy.  But, we also love having guests in our own home!  There are so many things within day-trip distance of our place, and it's fun to just share our resort condo!  So... it's time for us to pack up and head across the island to our neck of the woods!

But first, Coffee!!  And with coffee, comes this stunning moonlit walk on the beach all by myself!  Staying up to see the Supermoon last night wasn't an option due to cloud cover.  But since we get up early, we got a pleasant surprise!  I didn't miss it at all!  In fact, seeing it reflecting on the waves with nothing but sand, palm trees and the distant  looming shadow of Isla Desecheo was the preferred view for sure!  

You have no idea how difficult it was to pare my photo choices down to just these... 

First we'll ease into it with a pre-dawn sunrise view...

I've gotta tell you... being out there in the gentle breeze, alternating warm and cool from the land and the sea, touching my cheeks... The powerful Atlantic ocean bowing at my feet with gentle bubbles sinking into the warm sand. I can close my eyes and feel how close I am to the waves with my bare feet by the difference in temperature.  Warm where the water has been, and cool where only the night air touches the sand. Being out there was like pushing a reset button on my soul!  We really must get out and see the moon more often.  It is one of the things we miss about living on the boat.  It was so much easier to be one with the universe when you float around on the water...  but I digress! The moon eventually slipped below the horizon, and the sun ushered in the new day!

One more, then I'm done!

Our host arrived with pastries from a favorite panaderia, and we had a nice chat with him.  We did our pre-departure chores, and packed up and off we went to see another of my favorite places on the island... La Soplaera Falls.  We have been to this place maybe a dozen times, and it's always a little different, yet very much the same magical place we love.  Today, it was just about perfect!  The water was flowing nicely, but not too much so that getting to the pool was relatively easy.  You still have to walk across the narrow walls, and slog through some rushing water and duck between some big boulders... But it's all good and the reward is having this serene little bit of paradise all to yourself!! (well, most of the time)

The walkway leads to the rocky river bed.  Walk along the narrow cement wall on the right...

Looking downriver, the boulders continue!

Getting here provides you with just enough eminent danger to make you feel like you've really accomplished something, but not enough to warrant a trip to the ER!  Who doesn't need that kind of boost in their lives???  Then the pool lies at your feet, with the falls rushing relentlessly on, causing the air to stir in the most delightful way... La Soplaera!

The water was cold, so we didn't swim, but we enjoyed the fresh breeze and the view! Making our way back downriver toward the car, the sound of the falls receded, but it was replaced by the birdsong as we passed below the tree canopy.  These birds had no fear, so our presence didn't stop the loud chirping one bit...

The last bit of treachery is stepping across the rushing water to get to the wall...

Seed pod from the Cupey or Wild-Mamee

We stopped in a little bakery for sandwiches on the way to our final destination before home... then on to the Aguas Termales de Coamo to soak our tired and battered bodies in the healing mineral springs.  Ahhh... I would say this is about the most perfect ending to any adventure!

Soak those tired dogies!

Just Chillin' in the hot springs!

We have come to fly like birds to swim like fish ... Now we must learn to ... live together as brothers.

I love this island!  And I love showing my friends the wonderful life we've made here.  We made the short drive to our house, where we all relaxed and settled in for a few more days of whatever our guests wanted...  It is nice to travel, but it's nice to be home too!

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