I woke up before my alarm, which is always a sign of a great day ahead. Today the three of us were planning to work half days and go hiking afterwards. The work day went really smoothly, Jake and I camped out on the pool patio while Mara and Sergio worked at the kitchen table. Mara made us delicious coconut coffees and did a phenomenal watercolor of Sergio.
We took our time getting ready for our hike and arrived at 15:30 to the park (which apparently you can’t get into after 15:00) so we promptly drove around the barricade and went on our way. Unfortunately, and we didn’t realize this before coming, the park closes at 17:00. So we didn’t have as much time to hike as we initially hoped for. We made the best of it though and decided we’d hike as far into the trail as we could for 30 minutes and give ourselves 45 minutes to get back out and make it out of the park.
Being in the jungle is still just as much a treat as before, and you can always find something new and different. I could probably hike the same trail every day and still spot something different every time.
This trail was the muddiest trail experience so far, and at one point after crossing a stream it started to significantly get worse. At that point we decided to stop early and hang out in the water for a bit before heading back up. Mara found some good rocks for her terrarium and Sergio and Jake had fun sitting in the waterfall jets.
I haven’t yet noted the water temperature - it’s QUITE refreshing. Colder than a Minnesota lake, but you do still get used to it after sitting in it for awhile, so it’s not a miserable experience by any means.
The rocks were still pretty slippery, but all of us are being extremely cautious after Sergio slipped and hit his head on Sunday (I can’t remember if I even mentioned that earlier). As an update, his neck has been pretty tight ever since. Mara did some research today and is going to give him a massage to hopefully help when we get back!
As we headed back up, I decided to start taking some leaf samples to press, and I found a good fern near the end of the hike to bring with and put in my book. I don’t have super heavy things to press stuff with, so I’m hoping they’ll turn our alright!
We stopped at a few viewpoints and overlooks on our way out of the park which was fun since we finished our hike with some time to spare before we had to leave the park. We got home around 17:30 and we have made the decision to eat the rest of our meals at the Airbnb, since there aren’t any major restaurants. Sergio and Mara wanted to take naps so Jake and I headed to the grocery store.
Our trip to the grocery store was actually quite eventful, there were horses and dogs in the road, and there’s this one creepy part of the road that we’ve driven past several times at night where there are streetlights rhythmically blinking off and on - there was an ambulance there! This just fuels our suspicion about that part of the road being unsafe (and this must be how urban legends form heehee). Drivers in Puerto Rico are rather wild, so car trips are always an experience. I forgot to mention that Monday night on our way home from the bio bay tour, one car on the main road just stopped to let a car on the side road turn onto the main road in front of him! We all had a good chuckle about that. At the grocery store we picked up some new fruit called Cloud berries which we’ve only ever heard of in Valheim (unsure why this game seems so pertinent lately lol). Sergio and Jake had pizza for dinner and Mara and I made quesadillas with beans and avocado. We watched a couple Uncle Roger videos, played some games, and then Sergio went to bed while the rest of us hung out and I was able to catch up on journaling.20220216: Living in a Studio Ghibli Movie