New Project in the Works

Posted by Cassie

We have just started working on a new project with our super-talented friends, and many people around Rincón, that is bound to be awesome. Stay tuned!

Here is a clue in picture form:

Smudge Stick

Borinquen Beach Aguadilla

Posted by Cassie

As part of a long, fun birthday weekend (which we will post more about soon) we will start at the end. One of my new friends shares my same birthday and she wanted to celebrate it at a new-to-me beach in Aguadilla they call Borinquen. It is near Wilderness Beach which we also have yet to check out, but is definitely on our list as well. (For those unfamiliar with Puerto Rico, Borinquen is the ancient native Taino word for the island.)

Golf courseDriving through the golf course to the beach

To access this beach one must drive through the Borinquen golf course which threw us off a little. The beach, like all beaches in Puerto Rico, is open to the public. This golf course/beach is very close to the BQN Aguadilla airport and is just gorgeous!

BQN beach PlaneAirplanes coming in low

The beach is nice, long and sandy with a sunset view. We talked and drank and snacked and overall enjoyed ourselves. Someone said it was a “Gidget Day” which I thought was a great name for it! :-)

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The two birthday girls and fun with friends on the beach

IMG_0630Long sandy beach with hardly anyone but our group on it

There are some rock outcroppings in the sea that appear to just float there. We are going to try and put together a floating party near those rocks hopefully someday soon.

BQN Beach Sunset
Floating rocks and cliff face at sunset

We love Borinquen Beach and would highly recommend it for a beach party!

Marbete Time in Puerto Rico

Posted by Cassie

When we bought our truck back in October we didn’t have a mailing address. That complicated things a little when we went to Aguadilla to register the car and change over the title. And while we now have a mailing address we never got around to updating it in the system, so we never received the paperwork to get our marbete (pronounced Mar-Bet-Tay) sticker.

Marbete is registration and compulsory insurance (government liability). It is required on all vehicles. We have heard that the police check more heavily for marbete than they do for drunk driving and definitely more than they do for running red lights, bad U-turns, driving in non-existent lanes, etc, so we knew this was not something to procrastinate too much on.

We stopped into one of the inspection shops near the agro we frequent in Rincón  around late May early June because our sticker said it was good until July and we didn’t know if that meant the whole month of July or just until July 1.

An inspection place in Rincón

The place was empty except for one helpful man who said (in Spanish) to me that we shouldn’t worry about the marbete until July because it would last through the month. He said we could come back in July before it was due and they could do the inspection that is required to get the sticker and then we could go to their offices in Aguadilla. He also gave us some helpful advice: go during the middle of the week, in the middle of the month, in the middle of the day. We stored that info away and waited.

Well, yesterday was the day. It was the perfect time to go according to the man from the inspection office in Rincón. We drove in to a different inspection office in Aguada (they are all over the island) and were helped right away. They just ask you to turn on the vehicle, they place an emissions probe into the tail pipe, charge you (we paid $11) and print out a certificate with emissions numbers. Beforehand we had to give them our paperwork from when we registered the car even though it wasn’t the current one so that they could put our info on the certificate.

Next we headed to the Obras Públicas (Public Works) area of Aguadilla where CESCO (Centro de Servicios Al Conductor or in English, the Driver Services Center) and the Colecturía (Collection area) are. This is also where you can get your driver’s license. We knew where to go because this is where the seller of our truck took us when we first registered it.

Marbete sticker
The all-important marbete!

We waited in a short line (about 15 minutes) to get the registration paper in CESCO and to update/change our address so that in future years it will come to us in the mail (we brought a water bill to prove our new address, but I am not sure it was necessary this time). Then we took that paperwork to the other office (the Colecturia) that is about 100 paces away.  There was virtually no line at all there and we paid the $169 with a card. 20 minutes after parking at Obras Públicas we were out with our marbete in hand and updated info. We had heard horror stories so we weren’t sure how it would go. Overall, I would say I have had longer waits with lousier service in the Colorado DMV than we did yesterday. I would even say that everyone was quite friendly and helpful to us! Perhaps it was all in timing, but we were pleasantly surprised.


Completion of a Turkey Coop!

Posted by Britton

Cassie and I worked all day yesterday to get the turkey coop painted using up the existing paint we had on hand, framing/cutting out the windows and putting up the final touches including the trim.  It was a pretty long day, we started working ~9am and didn’t finish until around 4 in the afternoon.

Again, a lot of time working on the coop has been spent reusing old materials which adds a lot of work but saves a lot of money.  In the end it is worth it to us.

Turkey Coop Finished (2)

We built this coop to have a similar design to our chicken coop as that design has worked out well.  This coop has a screen door to add a bit more airflow and we didn’t have an extra door laying around. There is also a trap door on the floor of this coop so that we can someday enclose the base with chicken wire and have the turkeys raise their poults underneath without fear of the hawks.  They will still need to sleep in the coop due to rats, but they will have space to dust bathe in and peck around.

We used materials from the wood house’s deck as that deck will be replaced with new lumber, and I even grabbed T-111 sheets from the upstairs bedroom.  The paint for the turkey coop was leftover from painting our cabana and the blue trim leftover from the chicken coop.  All in all we spent less than $100 on the new coop.  In new materials we estimate it would have cost close to $1000 which would have been waaayyy too much for us to spend on a coop.

Paint makes such a difference.  We know this as we have done many a remodel project but yet it still amazes us.  Before painting the coop it looked like a true to life hillbilly shack complete with a hillbilly.
BK Turkey Coop

The Turkeys are now moved in which is great because they are growing fast and have outgrown the turkey cage/tractor we had them in.  They were having to crouch to get around and there wasn’t adequate space to keep a full size feeder and waterer so we were having to check on them multiple times a day.  The coop will not only make the turkeys happier but also will be less work.

Turkey Coop Chicken Coop
Space Between (click to enlarge)

We left quite a bit of tree nursery space between the two coops.  We haven’t ever raised turkeys so we actually weren’t too sure how much space if any was needed.  It is possible to have them co-exist in the same coop but there are chicken to turkey diseases that can be transmitted.

We are happy with the results and figure for a turkey coop, the turkeys have a pretty nice crib.
Turkey Coop Finished