Since it had rained all over everything the day before, one of us needed to volunteer to
show the roofing guy where the roof had leaked. I volunteered to stay home
Thursday, partially because of that, but also partially because Thursday was when
the rest of the troupe were heading out to El Yunque.
The idea of driving two hours to see a rainforest, and two hours back, when I'd seen rainforest
for the last two days was not high on my appealing list.
Because of this, I can't give a lot of commentary on the photos. I can show them off, though. As usual,
pics from Karen's camera will have a (K) and Michelle's camera will have an (M).
Here's the visitor's center. It looks pretty cool, doesn't it?
Giant lizard on the wall! Lizards will continue to be a theme here.
They had cool little reliefs on the walls...
...like this one, too!
Another shot of the visitors center (K)
Some cool flowers on the wall...
EXTREME CLOSE UP!! (M)
It's not a visitor's center without educational exhibits...
The next ones are probably slightly out of order, but here are some outdoor shots.
A path to more sights...
Part one of our series in Blurry Lizards.
A not-so-blurry lizard! Best kind!
Everyone got some really nice flower shots. That's one part I did miss a little.
Here's a lovely flower shot from Karen... (K)
Some nice shots from Michelle... (M)
The traditional Puerto Rican Exploding Flower Tree! (not really...)
If Martin were less of a gentleman he could've dropped something RIGHT on Karen and
Michelle's heads. Good thing he's a gentleman, huh?
I'm pretty sure Martin is in the tower thing you'll see more of in a minute...
A rainforest shot from the tower...
Martin! Up in a tower thingy! Overlooking a rainforest!
The view from the tower.
Michelle and Karen check out a cool waterfall.
Martin in front of the same waterfall. (M)
(I actually did remove some of the lizard shots, believe it or not.)
...and a lizard!! (M)
It's another lizard!
A shot of the rainforest...
Michelle. Being all pose-y. In a rainforest. (M)
A cute little stream/waterfall thing.
That's all I have from El Yunque.
Some of you may be wondering what I did all day at home. Well, I watched about an hour of
the Anime Network. I wasn't going in the ocean all alone, I knew better than that.
I read on the back porch while overlooking the surf. I rescued a beach ball and a couple of coconuts
from the surf. I cracked open a coconut all by myself! (If I'm ever stranded on a desert island
with coconuts, a big slab of concrete and a huge cinder block, I'm set...) I put on my mp3 player
and danced around the room singing along with Danny Kaye to "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!" while
enjoying the sea breeze. And...
I found where all the hermit crabs were hiding!!
I named him Buddy, because he
was my buddy until everyone got back with chicken.
I made a video of Buddy walking around on me. It's 9 meg in good quality, but to save y'all trouble, I
also uploaded it to youtube. This version is a bit darker, though. Let me know if you want the big clearer version.
Here's a shot of Michelle's pineapples with my fresh coconut. We never actually got around
to doing anything dessert-y with them. I did make a point of eating some
of the fresh coconut I cracked open. (It seriously needed roasting and sugar.)
Another lizard!! This one on the porch balcony overlooking the surf later that evening.