Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday Afternoon


{Cassie catching an iguana from the fence}





{our favorite crazy chicken being curious}










{feeling the soft, corky bark of the Eucalyptus tree}


After church on Sundays we like to visit our friends Cassie and Britton to see their turkeys and chickens and buy some wonderful free-range eggs. On this Sunday we got to see Cassie the Iguana Hunter in action! She caught a small one that was hanging out on the fence near the house. Then we walked at the lighthouse in Rincon (El Faro de Punta Higuero). Surprisingly, the waves were almost nonexistent. We didn't pack our swimsuits thinking the waves would still be rough from the recent hard rains, but it was beautiful!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Exploring Maricao




{La Torre de Piedra was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps}

{oranges everywhere}

{beautiful gold leaves from the Chrysophyllum cainito}







{coffee growing in town across from the cafe}



{throwing legume boats into the stream at a park in Maricao}




{Bauhinia with camel-foot leaves}
{mysterious seed pod}
{Coffea robusta along the roadside}

Saturday we drove up into the mountains to Maricao for the second time. We visited a beautiful stone tower (La Torre de Piedra) built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Maricao State Forest. The view from the top was beautiful. We really enjoyed the cooler weather that comes with driving up that high in elevation (just under 1000'). Any spot along the drive you'll see a lot of coffee plants growing on the mountain sides on private land. Maricao really is a nice, little town that seems tidy and clean with new municipal buildings throughout the town. Ben remembered a nice cafe from when he was here on his interview at UPR and we had lunch there, right along Rio Maricao. These little cafes make the best toasted sandwiches! And cheap. Two sandwiches, three pastries, all for $10.
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