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Enchanting Moments from an Island on the Mend


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Front gate flowers
Hibiscus Flowers and ocean beyond at our house

For us, things are starting to normalize a little. The crisis has passed. I know that a lot of people are still awaiting electricity and a few still don’t even have water, but overall there’s more righted than upturned. We have been enjoying the cool winter weather of December in Puerto Rico. It’s one of the best times of year.

Beautiful Rincon
Sunset over Desecheo Island

The air is fresh, the sky and seas are clear, and this year, as a special treat, the roads are clear as well because there are virtually no tourists around. We have had some amazing experiences recently, another sign of tide turning for the better. Here are a few I will share with you.

Lighthouse Rincon
New kiosk bar at the Rincon Lighthouse

We have been hanging out with our friends Bill, Jenn, Linda and Keith a lot more recently. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Rincon Lighthouse. A new little kiosk has opened and plays music and serves drinks. It has added a lot to the best park on the west coast. We watched the sunset and the surfers at Dome’s as we laughed and talked about the tribulations and tremendous moments in this tropical life.

Hanging with Friends
Overlooking Domes

Bill JennSunset Selfie

Cassie and Domes
Rosy sun glow at Domes

We spent time at Keith and Linda’s guesthouse, Casa D’Palma. You should check it out, it’s awesome!

Pool Party
Pool parties in December are the best!

We also had the opportunity to go out on Bill and Jenn’s sailboat for the first time. I’ve been on a few sea vessels, but never a sailboat, so it was a great first for me! We left early afternoon for the Cabo Rojo harbor and motor-sailed until sunset. It was beautiful watching the flying fish and we were mesmerized by all the overturned and crashed boats. I am sure Bill was worrying a lot for his boat during the hurricane! It felt so good to relax and enjoy life again after such a long time struggling just to eat, drink and survive.

Bill
Cap’n Bill at the helm

Britton and Boat Marina
Loading up

Britton and Keith
Britton and Keith kicking back

Capn Bill and Jenn
Bill and Jenn in a sweet moment

Cassie Sailboat
Sea life for me!

Sun and Sail
Sun and sails!

Sunset on boat
Sunset at Sea

Sunset B C
Yet another sunset selfie

Feet resting
Ahh, time to kick up the feet and relax

We have continued to make progress on the property clearing more paths and hang-out and campfire spots (we certainly have more than enough wood now!).

Kitty fire
Kitty, Cassie and a campfire

We have also been enjoying the nightlife a little. We’ve gone out to the Art Walk and while it is not very busy due to the abysmal tourist season, hey, at least there is parking now!

Congueros
Congueros at the Art Walk

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Fun making friends and playing pool at a local chinchorro (hole in the wall bar)

Hurricane Maria’s fury has passed, but the scars are still seen and may last forever. Interspersed with intense moments of beauty we still see the remnants of the trauma. 

Car load
Always something to see here (note the house without a roof as well)

Overturned Boat
Overturned boat washed ashore

Villa Cofresi no beach
A popular hotel in town, Villa Cofresi lost all of its beachfront

But probably the single most magical moment I have experienced recently was a harbinger of hope and love that flew into our life. I was sitting up on top of the cabana reading a book as Britton worked on the Mustang (there is always something to do on that car-haha). Suddenly I heard a little flutter and looked up from my book. A pretty little bird landed on the chair next to me. I said, “Hi, pretty bird” and he jumped onto my shoulder and then snuggled up right under my chin. I couldn’t believe it! He was trembling and hungry and must have had quite a journey to find me. I asked about and found out that he is a love-bird. A rosy-faced lovebird that would need a friend like me to help him survive. Just call me Snow White, making friends with the lovely fauna of the forest! I just can’t wait to meet the 7 dwarves. :-)

Cassie Lovebird
Me and Birdie Bird

Lovebird
Resting after his journey. Look how beautiful the plumage is!

Sometimes it is difficult to describe just how dichotomous life can be here. On one hand, it has been the hardest thing we have ever done in our entire life, and on the other it is the most fantastical fairy tale you could conjure. I suppose that is the way an enchanted isle would have to be.

3 KingsA little holiday/hurricane humor: the gifts the 3 kings will bring this year (gas, water and ice)

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Cabo Rojo: Lighthouse and Playa Sucia


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Overlooking La Playuela from the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

We had planned on a sailing adventure this week, but a series of events caused it to be postponed. We were all ready to go and had met up with some friends at a local panadería and were on our way out when we heard the news of the cancellation. Instead of reversing course we decided since we all had cleared the day for a fun adventure that we would go out and do just that! We chose the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse and Playa Sucia for our setting of the day and it was wonderful!

Crew Cabo Rojo
Our friends on the adventure!

Cabo Rojo is actually pretty close to Rincón and we took a new back road there that hugs the coastline which was a lot of fun in our new Mustang. Though Cabo Rojo is only maybe 20 miles away, the landscape changes dramatically from lush and tropical to much drier.

Faro
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

Cliff scale
Crazy high cliffs!

Spiral
Spiral staircase inside the Cabo Rojo Faro

Cassie Window
Gorgeous views out every window of the faro

Cassie window (2) Cassie caught in Net
Guess that’s what you call picture windows! haha

When we arrived, we finally got to tour the inside of the lighthouse (that we just missed the last time), we wandered around the cliffs for a while and then we just hung out under the shade of low-growing trees and in the gorgeous turquoise waters.

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View from the roof of the lighthouse overlooking Playa Sucia and the salt flats

Iguanas
Iguanas enjoying the day too

Salt
We learned a little about the sea salt production too -if you ever want fresh unrefined sea salt, just bring a jar here!

Salt pile Salt area
Salt hill and salt flats right behind Playa Sucia

Playa Sucia
Playa Sucia

Since it was a Tuesday in winter there were only maybe 15-20 other people on the beach all day. Just enough to make for interesting people-watching but not too many to feel very crowded. A perfect day!

Cassie water
Warm turquoise waters and white sands

Lighthouse Faro Beach Cassie flying
Beach fun!

Rock Pile

BK Chillin Yoga couple Under the trees Cassie rocks offVarious ways to chill at Playa Sucia (Check out the couple doing acroyoga!)

Playa limpia
I think they are trying to rebrand Playa Sucia (Dirty Beach) to Playa Limpia (Clean Beach) now

Cassie dead tree
It’s so much saltier than most areas that the plant life is sparse

Group jump
Ready, Set, Jump!

Cassie flower
Flor y mar

Cassie flor

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Whirlwind Week


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Sailing with friends

We just had a fantastic whirlwind of a week! In a month or two I can write a little more about the details, but just suffice it to say that it was just amazing! We learned a lot, met new people, tried new things, visited cool places in Rincón and had a lot of fun. Stay tuned…

Cassie at Pool
Hanging out at the Horned Dorset

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