One of the first shots I got in the morning was of the beach. I took a LOT of pictures of the beach. You shall grow weary. Here's one now...
You can see a storm rolling in. You could almost always see a storm rolling in, that's how the area is. Sometimes it hit, sometimes not. It was still damned pretty.
This is what the water looked like.
This next one is facing west. With these three you pretty much have an idea what everything looked like from our little chunk of sand.
Because of getting everyone combobulated at once, it took a while to get the party mobilized to go anywhere. (It reminded me of getting an office out to lunch together... "Well, if Bob is getting his keys, I can run to the restroom..." "Since Ted is in the restroom I can refill my coffee..." etc. etc...) Therefore I generally had some time to take a few shots at fairly regular intervals.
The house to the west of ours had a dog in the yard. Occasionally we would see dog food show up on the porch, but the house looked deserted, there was never a sound, a light, anything. I did my best to try and keep the dog from being too sad by paying what attention I could. Here he is, now!
"We're a GOOD dog, aren't we, yes we are!" That's me petting him, I think.
I eventually picked up dog treats to give him occasionally and a few tennis balls which he invariably failed to return. They all made him happier though, and that was my goal.
There was also a horse across the street pretty much all the time. He was just tethered to a fallen telephone pole in the yard across the way. Here's a shot of Michelle petting him.
...and here's a shot of ME petting him.
...and here's a shot of Martin petting him!
Eventually we all got out and headed over to the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, which was the closest attraction we were planning on hitting. (That link goes to the main page, but if you click here then you can see a better idea of what the place offers). The place started out as a historical lighthouse. When they made it a tourist attraction, they decided to really do it up. The place has the light, of course, a tiny bit of a museum inside, a petting zoo, a helicopter, a pirate ship, a pirate shop, a walkthrough Pirates of the Caribbean homage, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, a Taino Indian village, stone dolphins, an aquarium, a house of some sort, snack bar, an overlook, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Here's a shot of a couple of the ships over the Taino village.
You aren't going to believe me by the time you're done with the pictures from this day, but I SERIOUSLY pared them down. In any case, here's a shot of two of the Taino people in front of their hut.
I'm not sure exactly what the point of this is, but here are some American soldiers with a horse. Hmmm...
This is an example of what's to come. A small idea of just how freakin' beautiful the area around the lighthouse is. I wish I worked there, it's a hell of a place to spend a large chunk of your life.
...and below, a beautiful idea of how to make a tourist attraction simultaneously fun and cheesy. Stone dolphins 0_o
Fun and Cheesy seemed to be the main theme of the Historical Park. They were so very earnest in everything they did. The stone dolphins were not unpopular, though.
The first thing we hit? The pirate cove thingy! Off we go to check out the awesome historicalness of Caribbean pirates!
Turtles did not go underrepresented. At least for the moment, the stone turtles.
...and in we all go!
What wonders lie inside? Dare you to find out?? Click to go to the next page, these are broken up to save your poor load time/processor.