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
I sometimes look at my own photos and can’t believe I live in this magical place!
Life is spinning by as fast as ever. We are entering the summer season and tourism is slowing down and the plants and rains are taking off. Here are a few pictures that don’t warrant a post in themselves but are fun reminders of this time in our life.
Our makeshift bird feeder at the cabin: old bananas. Zorzal and Troupial
As creatures we evolve to mimic our surroundings -haha
We’re still having fun playing music and performing with our band!
Rincón is so beautiful and colorful! Downtown plaza
Check out this weird mummified/dried out coqui I found in our closet!
I competed in a mechanical bull contest at a local bar and won 1st place of women and got some schwag (and a lot of bruises). Not too bad for my first time ever on one!! haha
You know this is a rural countryside kind of place when there are horses even in the projects
I don’t know if I will ever grow accustomed to the amazing creatures that just roam freely here
When we’re not having fun we are still progressing on the cabin -currently in the kitchen we are going for a tiki-bar tropical cabin in the jungle feel
These guys live at the balnerio in Rincón and even have a TV! One of them, Glen, makes incredible tie-dye creations as seen in one of the earlier photos
I love these gorgeous tropical irises that are blooming all over our gardens
In Puerto Rico because it is a tropical environment, many people think that there are not seasons. This is not exactly accurate. While it does stay between 75-85 degrees F year round there are still subtle changes. Because we work outside a lot and we live in a cabin in the middle of the jungle we notice these changes perhaps a bit more than some people. For one thing, many of the plants begin to flower in preparation for fruiting in the summer. One of my favorite flowering plants are the robles (Tabebuia rosea). For about one month these trees add a rose colored hue to everything including the ground! It is like living in a pink snow globe especially when you see them softly twirl to the ground.
The trees and I are pink!
Roll out the pink carpet!
Turkeys enjoying the changing colors of spring
The rambutan are already flowering! Let’s hope they form fruit!
Like this grosella
The papaya and bananas are constantly producing! I love the way this trunk looks like ancient carving
I think all plants are beautiful in a certain way, but not all of them are friendly! We have been working on clearing around the cabin and replanting with fruiting trees and ornamentals. In doing so we have to clear out some pretty mean and nasty stuff like the Puerto Rican poison ivy they call Carrasco that no matter how careful I am, I always somehow manage to get on me. About 2 days after this happens I swell up really bad and start itching uncontrollably. Then my skin erupts in a pus-y mess and then finally scabs over. It is not fun!
Spring for the Carrasco plant too! Here is its flower/berry
Another mean plant are the wild bromeliads. While beautiful they have the most vicious spikes on them. I have many pokes and stings from these bad boys. They are very difficult to eradicate from an area. We just threw them over the fence line. They would make a good living fence because no one would want to walk through these!
Wild bromeliad and its thorny weaponry
Side of the cabin that we cleared of bromeliads and other brush and have begun to replant
When we’re not enjoying spring in the jungle, we have been out with friends at various events including the Stand Up Paddleboard race, and Spring/Easter parties. The 2017 tourist season was a little slow, but that doesn’t mean the partying was. One thing about living in Rincón (and I think Puerto Rico in general) is that there is never a shortage of parties! It’s a good-time island. We have to consciously choose which events to go to and which not because we’ll never get anything done around the property otherwise!
Villa Cofresí and her famous piratas during the SUP contest
Fun times with friends!
On Easter weekend we went to a friend’s farm in Aguada and set up a campground. We sang songs around the campfire and toasted marshmellows and relaxed. The fireflies came out and danced alongside us. It was truly magical!
Road through the woods to the campsite
Campsite by day
And by night (thanks Daisy for this pic)
Easter we had a wonderful time with a variety of friends!
So much fun! Slip-sliding away…even with chickens!
And another party at the beach!
So yes, there is a spring in Puerto Rico even if it isn’t quite as pronounced as up north. Everything is in bloom, the birds and insects start mating more, the rains begin to come more regularly, the temperature and humidity go up a little and the ocean warms up just a bit. In Rincón the northern tourists leave and the local Puerto Rican tourists start arriving. I hope we can continue playing music through this summer, but if not, come check us out at our next show this Saturday at Willie’s Bar and Grill in the marina!
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