I hope you had or are having a wonderful spring break. We took our daughter to Puerto Rico to celebrate her birthday in style. We had a wicked cool patio on our room at Gran Melia.
This was the prettiest bed I've ever slept in!
The grounds were beautiful. This is the wedding chapel.
The resort had one MASSIVE pool and one smaller one. From the pool you could see the beach and the rain forest.
We saw a few iguanas lounging around the beach chairs.
Katherine and I enjoyed some beach reading.
One morning we saw a bunch of these blue lizards.
The flowers were wonderful! We even saw some hummingbirds.
Loads of coral was washing up on the beach.
If you look carefully, you can see two hermit crabs in this photo. They were everywhere!
It was a beautiful, peaceful place.
Is this not the coolest bathroom you've ever seen?
This is the rest of the rest room....
We only did one excursion, but it was awesome! We went to El Yunque Rain Forest. It is the only tropical rain forest in the National Park system.
This elephant fruit is cooked kind of like potatoes, but it is also used to make bowls like the pictures below.
A boa constrictor....
A quick lizard...
Check out the bark on this tree! It was amazing. It felt smooth and silky.
Check out the root system on this tree!
Our hike was only two miles, but it was all up and down. We all had sore muscles the next day. But it was well worth the pain. There were lots of waterfalls.
We climbed to the top of this tower....
To see this view on one side...
And this view from the other side...
How cool is this?
We saw lots of snails....big snails....
There little picnic areas in the forest.
Then we came to the big fall....
As you can see it was a very popular water hole.
Check out the roots on this tree!
It was a lovely trip and I'm looking forward to going back next February. I hope to see the illusive Coqui frog. I'm actually thinking about writing a mystery about the frog you can easily hear, but never see.
I've written two fake folktales based on my trips to Costa Rica and England. Perhaps I'll have at least one more I can add to my collection from Puerto Rico.
Do your travels leak into your stories or do your stories leak into your travels?
Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping in. :)