At the risk of making my readers on the East Coast unhappy, I’m going to show off photos from my recent trip to Puerto Rico. It was snowing in Albuquerque while I was on the island, so I understand if some of you want to punch me right now.
We started the trip in Old San Juan, exploring adorable streets like this one:
Buildings were colorful, the people very laid back.
Another typical street:
We made our way to El Morro, an old fort on the tip of the island. There was a cool cemetery there.
This is the view from the fort:
And looking the other direction:
Strangely, this is the only photo I got of the actual fort:
I guess you’ll just have to use your imagination.
After exploring San Juan for a day, we boarded a tiny plane for two days on Culebra Island. It was a 30 minute flight. The pilot flew along the shore so I could take photos.
This is the island of Culebra:
Coming in for a landing!
It was a little dicey there at the end, but overall I loved that little plane ride.
The view from the hotel was lovely, a nice little bay:
I didn’t take a lot of photos those couple of days…mostly because we were doing island things, like snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles.
But on our last day there, before boarding our flight, we drove the golf cart all over (the island is only seven miles long), and I brought my camera along for that.
This was my favorite beach, Zoni – it was so beautiful, and a sea turtle nesting site:
This was a view from the golf cart as we were leaving Zoni Beach:
Check out this incredible Bougainvillea hedge:
It went on forever:
Oh wait, I did get a photo of the fort, from the air on the way back to the main island:
And now the plant portion of this blog post.
As you can imagine, there were lots of plants that I was unfamiliar with, and lots of plants that I recognized but couldn’t believe they were growing the way they were growing.
Like I’d never seen Fiddle Leaf Figs (Ficus lyrata) growing in the wild (I’ve only ever seen them as houseplants):
I saw lots of plants growing outdoors that I’d only previously seen as indoor plants. Like these Tradescantia plants:
And this Dracaena marginata:
Is this a Pothos (Epipremnum) growing outside?
I wouldn’t have guessed these Dracaena reflexa ‘Song of India’ plants would be fine growing outdoors either, but there they were, happy as anything:
And now, a few random island pics that I just found on my phone:
And finally, before I go, a quick story. Before leaving the island of Culebra, we were eating lunch at Zaco’s Tacos. They had an upper patio, and a lower one – we were sitting on the upper patio. We were minding our own business, when suddenly we heard a big ruckus, followed by a waitress’s bloodcurdling scream.
Turned out, an iguana fell out of a tree, landed on the slanted roof, then slid off and landed with a thud on the lower patio, a couple of feet from the terrified waitress.
Lemme tell ya, nothing brings an entire restaurant together like an iguana falling from the sky.
He was quickly surrounded by cell phone cameras.
He was unharmed, but no one could give him his dignity back.