20220217: Bye-Bye Buddies
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20220217: Bye-Bye Buddies

Thursday

Today we woke up early again in order to get a last hike in before work. I was up earlier than normal with my stomach causing me problems. We were aiming to get out the door at 7:30 to be at the park entrance at 8:00 for opening. We were on time and got to the park 5 minutes early! The ranger checking us in recognized us from yesterday - then again, a pele rojo (red head) and a shirtless Mexican are a pretty unique pair in the front of a car lol.
A see through slug!
A see through slug!
The hike we were planning to do started of by the Baño d’Oro (yes, it means golden bathroom...) and so we started along the path, only to realize that the trail we wanted to take was closed still from the hurricane. We were tempted to just trudge ahead and see what we found, but opted instead to hike to Torre Britton again. Why not end our time in the jungle with a view?
Pretty overgrown steps made with gravel - garden inspiration.
Pretty overgrown steps made with gravel - garden inspiration.
The park felt busier today in general, there were more cars (we think a tour group) along with us, and fortunately we were still alone for our hike up to the torre. It was cloudy on our way up, and we were in a cloud for about half of the hike. That all seemed to change as we reached the top of the torre! We were able to see much more of a view than we anticipated. I didn’t take as many photos this time as I wanted to make the most of each moment and soak it all in.
Our favorite dystopian tower in the distance.
Our favorite dystopian tower in the distance.
We were able to spend a decent amount of uninterrupted time at the top until we started to hear music approaching (again - what is with all these people playing music in the jungle??? The coquí are not enough for you????) and the supposed tour group was making their way to the bas of the torre. So we headed down, and on our way down, Mara spotted a bat taking a nap! She loves bats and was super pumped that we were able to see one.
A bat!
A bat!
The hike down was a bit more melancholy, not saying it was sad, but it’s different knowing you’re about to leave the jungle. It was extremely enjoyable, and we passed by several friendly groups of people.
Jake and Mara heading down the stairs of the Torre.
Jake and Mara heading down the stairs of the Torre.
Even though we did this hike before, Mara and I both found lots of fun new plants, as we have with every hike. It was a great time despite my not feeling the best. Getting fresh air is always a good idea. We headed back to the Airbnb to pack up and work for the morning. Mara diligently cleaned all the dirt off her plants as she prepped them for the security checkpoint. We were all packed and ready to checkout right on time, an impressive feat!
Another see through slug - from an aerial view.
Another see through slug - from an aerial view.
This was my first experience having the host do a walkthrough as you’re checking out - it was nerve-wracking! We passed inspection and then headed to Sergio and my final Airbnb by the beach. Jake did a fantastic job driving - he was our designated driver for the whole trip (as he’s the most prone to carsickness) and he did a great job keeping us all safe, especially on these crazy roads! We made it to our new Airbnb around 14:00 and checked in with no issues. A few of the leaves that Mara and I had harvested got a bit sunburnt in the back of the car but we got them in water (even before the groceries got put away - priorities)! Jake and Mara hung out for a bit before heading to the airport. My neckache had gotten a bit worse while Sergio’s neck improved so after Jake and Mara left I laid down for a bit. The rest of the workday was mostly unproductive. We worked a bit later due to having a late start and a midday travel break.
Mushrooms - I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my phones macro abilities.
Mushrooms - I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my phones macro abilities.
Mara reached out to let us know that all the plants and rocks made it safely through security! After work, we went on a mile walk to the nearest SuperMax, this one being a full-on grocery store. We got some essentials and headed home. The area we are staying in is Santurce, and it feels a bit like a Puerto Rican Portland. It’s more eclectic and has lots of unique restaurants. Our Airbnb hosts (who live next door) were hosting a concert in their backyard through their friend’s startup Musicasa. They invited us to go but I was just way too worn out. The concept of Musicasa is super cool and I’d love to be a part of something similar back home.
We got back to the Airbnb and I made a salad and chugged kombucha as fast as I could. I was pretty shot so I went and laid in bed and watched a few YouTube videos before going to sleep. Sergio stayed up a bit later as he wasn’t as tired - and he had the next day off (but that’s another story).
🤙🏼20220218: Taking it Easy