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Random Photo Update: Life in Toon Town


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Here are a few photos that don’t probably deserve a post on their own but are just a part of the slice of life living in Puerto Rico. Sometimes the scenes and places we end up just seem so surreal, like we are living in a dream or some sort of cartoon. Sometimes it’s very strange, sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s just strikingly beautiful. But whatever it is, we’re living it up!

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The beach is always right around the corner

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I finally got a photo of the mongoose! The little egg bandit!

Turkey bridgeTurkeys need to cross bridges too! This particular guy is the hope for the future of our turkeys. The last surviving male.

Corazon
We are harvesting more and more of our own fruit from the finca like this corazón, a fruit that looks like a heart

Bilimbe
And these interesting bilimbes that are juicy and so sour but leave a cool buttery taste in your mouth

More plants
And we went out and got some more plants too!

Kitty
I forgot to mention that Kitty is adapting well to the move over to the cabin too

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Out and about there is always something cool to see and do

Barrita Los cocos
Like this little Coconut Barrita

Hibiscus Flor
Or this amazing hibiscus flower right in the plaza that took my breath away

Britton and beer
Check out the view from this roadside liquor store

Mannequin house
And there is nothing like the bottom half of a naked mannequin to draw attention to your store! :-)

Britton congas
One of the conga players from the balneario came down and practiced with us in the jam space!

Sunset
There’s never a shortage of spectacular sunsets here!

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Marina Sunset

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And new spots to check out like Pal Monte

Cassie Ultimo Brinco stand
Which is just up the road from El Ultimo Brinco, Rincon’s little waterfall spot

Cassie wanted  Anthony Loops and Cassie
Or at the restaurant Cowboys which is like a little slice of Colorado in Rincón (with friend and musician, Anthony Lee). They even have rodeos here!

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And we got to see our friends play some country music – the Rubberneckers

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And if Puerto Rico is like Toon Town, we are now part of the loony fabric too! Here’s Viking man at the beach!

Cassie contemplating coco
Or the contemplation of a coconut in an abandoned house without a roof

Colorful downtown
And everything is so colorful!

Bienvenidos a rincon
Rincón even has the cartoon-like welcome signs!

Cassie rock
And did I mention the beach is around every corner?

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Beautiful Rincón: Tres Palmas Peace


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Cow sunset
A classic shot I took from Facebook. I wish I knew who the photographer was to give credit.

Our favorite drive in Rincón is around the point and down through Tres Palmas. Often there are cows and donkeys peacefully enjoying the field with tall coconut palm trees swaying in the distance. And when the waves are up, it’s a great place to scope them out as they crash and send salt spray to aromatize the air. Every time we drive past there or stop to go to Steps Beach I remind myself what a magically gorgeous place this is and how fortunate we are to live here. I think nearly all of us here in Rincón hope that this piece of land stays just as it is. For cows – not condos!

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Checking out Tres Palmas from the road

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Ripples and fronds

Cow
The cows are pretty friendly and docile

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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.

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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

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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!

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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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Ombak Bikini Bash at Villa Playa María


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Sometimes you have moments that are just simply beautiful and inspiring. One such moment was a warm Sunday in January here in Rincón. We had heard about the Ombak Bikini Bash but didn’t know much about it. We had never been to Villa Playa María, but it is a gorgeous Villa right below Calypso on María Beach.

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Villa Playa María during the pool party

This was a cool event complete with free drinks, a bikini fashion show, hair braiding, snacks, pool and beach access and even live music. It was a beautiful day to hang out with friends and enjoy life. Thank you to everyone who helped put this party on! We hope to come to the next one!

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Enjoying the view

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Fun with friends Ariana and Anthony

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Spent a good 3-4 hours hanging out, playing and floating around in the pool!

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The swimwear fashion show was fun

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Our friend Cait from Sunburnt and Salty even modeled for the show as well as held a yoga class!

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A gorgeous sunset and evening

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Hanging out at a Villa by the beach in the midst of winter doesn’t sound like a bad day to me!

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Los Bronson, a surf band, played live

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Just chillin’

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I even got to meet the creator of the Ombak swimwear line, Ana!

Just another beautiful day in paradise!

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