Dia Dos

28 Jan

J~ & I went into our Puerto Rican adventure without many plans.  We had an idea of things we wanted to do but only made reservations for hotels & a rental car.  That way we were free to do what we wanted when we wanted.  We each had a few things in mind & Day 2 we did J~’s thing – El Yunque Rainforest.

It was less than an hour drive from San Juan & our GPS, Marisol, took us on a back road, but we still got there.  As with all driving in Puerto Rico, it was an interesting trip.  Road signs are in Spanish & kilometers, except the speed limit, which is in MPH.  Plus everyone drives crazy.  Want to make a left-hand turn from the right most lane?  Go right ahead.  And don’t signal, that would just confuse everyone.  And honking is a must.

Anyway, El Yunque.  It’s a neat place.  We started at the Interpretive Center to look at the displays, find a map, & buy souvenirs.  Our next stop was La Mina Falls.  It was a 20 minute hike to the falls on a paved trail.  It was a pretty hike but I couldn’t help but wonder how much work it was to haul all that cement back into the forest.

The falls were neat.  Lots of people took the opportunity to wade in & get under the falls.  J~ & I thought dry underwear was nicer.

Here’s a shot of La Mina Falls:

It’s nearly impossible to get a shot of the falls without a half-clothed person in the picture as well, so this is a money shot.  Versus this one which would be the Asian guy’s money shot.

He’s not naked.  At least not from what I remember.  It was either the naked-looking Asian or the older woman who was struggling to stand up’s butt.  What would you pick?  Photoshop probably.

After the falls we drove deeper into the rain forest so we could hike to the Mt. Britton Lookout Tower.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of that hike.  J~ has them on his computer.  You’ll just have to wait till next week.

The hike was a bit of a slog uphill, but the views at the top were worth the sweat.  Plus, January Puerto Rican Sweat is much nicer than Midwest Summer Sweat.  Just so you know.

After the hike we headed to Luquillo, hoping to relax on the beach & grab a bite to eat.   We had a hard time finding exactly what we wanted (a beach without vagrants) so we ended up driving through prime beach time & ended up at a hamburger joint that was almost on the beach.

Most meals in PR are long drawn out affairs so we knew as soon as we sat down, our best bet was to eat & then head back to the guest house for a well-deserved soak in the hot tub.  After our burgers, we did take a moonlit stroll on the beach before heading back to San Juan.  It wasn’t as romantic as I thought it would be.  I was a little worried about vagrants & broken glass.

We didn’t have trouble with either but in the daylight we saw plenty so you just never know…

Up next, unless there are any more toilet adventures, which by the way, I had to dig in again tonight!  I was soooooooo mad.  T~ & I had a chat yesterday about the necessary amount of toilet paper & that I was supposed to help her in certain situations.  I guess she forgot because, well, I’ll spare you the details.  I bet you can guess where the other half of the roll of toilet paper ended up & who ended up in tears.

Urgh.

Where was I?

Day 3.  Ziplining!!!

K~

 

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