In Puerto Rico on the 4th of July you won’t see people strutting around in American flag clothing or even lighting fireworks except at the military bases. Occasionally stateside people will buy a bunch of fireworks and throw a party, but in general, fireworks are not a thing here on the 4th of July. I don’t think Puerto Rico ever really got indoctrinated into the whole Independence Day history of the nation, though it is part of it. The history of this island is so much longer than the 200 some years of the USA that it hasn’t quite fully worked its way into the pride of most islanders as it does with most mainlanders.
4th of July at Almendros Beach, Rincón
Still, because it is a federal holiday, Puerto Rico gets the day off. And no one is going to argue with that. This year, for many, that meant an extra long weekend of partying. And partying in the summertime means going to the beach! In Rincón both the balneario and Almendros beaches were packed with people, while other beaches were quite calm. This is a social, loud island, so the parties get more and more packed and more and more crazy! Some people set up camp right at the water’s edge to be right in the milieu melee. It’s fun for extroverts, but people who dislike crowds or noise should avoid these festival type events.
It’s a huge party on the beach complete with a hula hoop dance competition and air horns!
We ran into local Rincón celebrity “Bienvenidos” who often helps direct traffic and is always welcoming
Such is life….is such a good mantra. Row, row, row your boat
We went on a beer run for some people at a pinchos stand. Everyone piled up in the truck. And then we drove, not to a store, but to someone’s personal house and bought some beer. I talked to an old man there who had lived in the area since it was all sugarcane fields. The layers and webs of life here make everything here just little wilder.
No back seats, no problem!
There were supposed to be two other (calmer) parties in Aguada and Aguadilla, so Britton and I packed up and left. When we got to Aguada, no one was to be found. Perhaps it was too windy to set up. So we headed to Borinquen Beach, one of my favorites in Aguadilla, for another party. When we got there, we didn’t find a soul we knew either! It was spitting rain and windy too, but we swam a bit and enjoyed the peaceful contrast from earlier in the day.
Enjoying Borinquen Beach in Aguadilla -while some guy attempts to ostrich himself?
We watched a beautiful sunset
Unfortunately all we had brought to eat was a huge watermelon and lots of beer because we were anticipating BBQ at one or the other of the parties. So, we were getting pretty hungry. Then it started pouring rain so we headed out. We were wet from swimming so we didn’t want to go to any sit-down restaurants. Wendy’s it is, I guess! When it rains hard, often the power goes out and that happened even at this corporate fast food joint. The worker came out to our truck at the ordering window with an umbrella and told us that if we had cash they could serve us. So we had our American-style meal on the 4th of July after all. You just never know what you’ll run into or where you’ll end up here in Puerto Rico. Such is life, indeed.
It’s that time again to sort through all the photos that have no other real place but in a random photo drop. All the little moments in life add up…
I love checking out old abandoned buildings!
Yard work is always humbling in its scale
And its rewards like seeing this young hawk up close
Or this little guy
Back side of the cabin as it is currently
At another cool abandoned house
Randomness of life here…Viking helmets and old nuclear reactors
So breathtaking -Spanish wall overlooking Pools Beach in Rincóñ
You know it’s a surf town when…
At the international folkloric music/dance night in Rincon -people from all over the world came like Turkey!
Slovenia! (With my funny friend Jenn! haha)
I thought the fiddles, overalls and square dancing was a funny representation of the USA, but somewhat accurate I suppose for folk dancing
Now that’s what you call a lot of junk in your trunk!!
Check out these cool mushrooms growing on rotting wood
White torch gingers at our finca
Plumeria caterpillar munching away
Beautiful Boquerón -standing
And laid out (thanks to Amanda for this photo)
You never know what you might see…ram horn helmet and a skeleton at a restaurant!
That’s quite the paint job!
And that’s one heck of a wreck!
We went out salsa dancing with fedoras at a place called Hydra and had a lot of fun! It’s a cool, hip place and while I love salsa dancing and music it does seem to be dying off as a popular music style here on the island. Bachata, merengue and reggaeton are far more favored at most bars. Salsa is like 50′s sock-hop music would be to most people stateside.
We got some moves- haha!
Yah, you know there’s just a random pyramid in Aguada
Wow, it always surprises me when I think of what to write about for the blog. I think, I don’t really have any good topics. Then I look through my pictures and I see that we have actually been out doing quite a few things. Here are a few of them:
Rincón International Film Festival We enjoyed a beautiful and elegant evening at Rincón Beach Resort for the final night of the Rincón International Film Festival also known as ”Best Of Fest.” I like to watch all the short films that have been sifted through and chosen as the top picks. As for the resort, I have never been to this one and it was really nice. I have seen it advertised on Wheel of Fortune and it definitely has that sort of all-inclusive resort vibe. It even has a swim-up pool bar that is connected directly to the beach.
With friends at RIFF
Fun at Rincón Beach Resort
Limber de Teta I saw a sign for Limber de Teta and it made me laugh. What could boob limber possibly be? So we stopped and tried it out. It was a limber (like an icee) but sold in a little baggie the shape of a boob. Pretty clever!
Sucking on a parcha/piña boob
At the Limber de Teta stand just off the 115 going towards Aguada
Demolition Derby in Moca A friend of ours invited us to a demolition derby in Moca that was a fundraiser for his friend’s adolescent daughter who has a very aggressive form of cancer. I see a lot of fundraisers around here for various causes, but this was one of the biggest. We hadn’t been to a demo derby since the Greeley Stampede many years ago. Here it was definitely not regulation size or even in a stadium. People just sort of hung out everywhere, but it somehow worked.
One of the demolition cars
Quite a crowd in the middle of a cleared out field!
As we were watching the events unfold a the derby, a young girl walked by that caught my eye. What was in her hands? Snakes! I was intrigued and began asking her about them. She could tell that I wasn’t afraid of them and said, do you want to hold them? I tentatively said yes and she put the large python on my neck and the baby in my hands. You never know what you may find in the randomest of places!
Cassie the Snake Charmer. Starting to get a little tight around the neck!
Flower Power: Playing Music
We played our most recent show at Willie’s to the theme of Flower Power/Hippie Night and it was a lot of fun.
Playing out at Willie’s
Good times! Peace, Love and Happiness!
On the Property
We have been focusing on property landscaping a little more lately and cleanup. While we’re not completely done with the house, it is functional. So now we are making it and the surroundings pretty! The finca has grown a lot in the last 3 nearly 4 years and we are starting to see the literal fruits of our labors!
Nispero Japones aka Loquat first flowers!
Amongst the flowers of our gardens
Kola Nut flowers!
In the jungle of our yard…Hey! What’s that sound?!
We have been clearing out some pretty nasty spiky and poisonous plants lately! Check them out:
Huge harmless spider (on a 2×6 to give you scale)…a huntsman
We’ll cross that bridge when we get there
As I was clearing some bromeliads and underbrush from behind the cabin, I found this old liquor bottle. We have determined based on the markings that it is from between 1932-1964! That’s a long time to be sitting out in the middle of the jungle! This old treasure says: Federal Law Forbids Sale or Reuse of this Bottle. John Walker and Sons Ltd Kilmarnock Scotland 4/5 Quart.
Before it was Johnnie Walker, it was John Walker and Sons Ltd
The chickens and turkeys are all doing pretty good. We have to protect them a little more especially now that we are at the cabin and not as close to their coops. We collect quite a few eggs and enjoy their silly antics. Here’s some voodoo magic you can do with a chicken!
Out and about And then of course there is the randomness of being out and about around the island. You just never know what you might see.
Like a HUGE can of cans!
Beautiful duck, I think a Muscovy in a lagoon
Hanging out with Surfrider and a high school science club doing water quality testing
Cool new mural on a derelict building
And nature reclaiming this one
This sign made me laugh…No! You can’t park here, not even for one second
One of our favorite little food stands, Sana, moved across the street by the Post Office
And at the Pulguero in San Sebastian I spotted these huge fruits. They call them Socato
Hanging out at one of our favorite bars, Olajas in Aguada