Continuing our trip out West, we spent a few days in Boqueron, PR and really loved the vibe of this town. Boqueron is located near Cabo Rojo and has a long beautiful beach lined in palm trees and calm blue water that is perfect for sailboats. We are always searching for beaches on Puerto Rico similar to our amazingly spectacular beaches in St. Croix and this one comes very close.
Once we scoped out the beach, we set up camp underneath a beautiful poor man's orchid tree (not sure of the scientific name) that had tons of pink blooms. How horrible to have a beach spot underneath pink flowers?! This was the first beach that we took Penelope swimming at and she was not so sure about the salty water at first. But she soon began kicking around :) With all of our trips to the beach, we are really hoping that she will love it at a young age.
This beach was a prime spot for spectacular sunsets and Aaron even caught a green flash for the first time here. I unfortunately was not watching so I have yet to see one, but he swears that it happened. I will continue to wait for my turn... Surely six years is long enough to wait right? Maybe I need more beach sunsets :)
The saying "Another day, another dollar" speaks to many people. It tells of the day to day boredom of going to a job they don't enjoy only to make the money necessary to live a lifestyle that is centered around work. This ultimately leads to working and waiting all year just to have a two week break from the everyday boredom of life. Should life be boring? Should one have to wait all year for this small break? I think not.
While we were visiting the West end of Puerto Rico, I sat on the beach at sunset and did a bit of self reflecting. How my life has changed in the last year! I feel that things really started changing for me once I contracted the Chikungunya virus. It wasn't until after I recovered from this horrible situation that I began questioning what I was doing and what I wanted. What do I want?
The answer is simple: Happiness.
I believe this is what most people want and it is achievable. Goals and priorities might just need to be shifted. With all the changes the last year has brought, I enjoyed all of them and really do love my life. Days like this one where I am able to watch the sunset and reflect on my life are wonderful and have us simply saying "Another Day in Paradise". If you are one that often says "Another day, another dollar", try making changes so that you love your daily life. Because really we only get one shot :)
Well the holidays are over and we are finally settled back in at home. Almost an entire month away to visit friends and family in St. Croix and Texas and we were thoroughly exhausted. Little Penelope did great on the trip and enjoyed lots of cuddling and holding which we have been trying to keep up with since we got back :)
Aaron's school didn't start for a week so we decided to continue our traveling adventures and head to the West side of Puerto Rico. You know the saying "West is Best!" :) It is amazing how diverse the terrain is in Puerto Rico and following our drive will surely make others fall in love with this aspect of Puerto Rico. Lets go on a trip...
Starting in Cidra, we are surrounded by beautiful lush mountains speckled with the occasional set of pine trees. The weather is cool and the pace is slow.Then, heading through the mountain pass towards Ponce, the lush mountains suddenly turn into soft rolling hills of green and yellow grass. It is almost as if you have entered another world and astonishingly the terrain continues to change as you head even farther South. The rolling hills slowly become rocky and bare with cactus and small bushes scattered about. Aaron and I are reminded of South Texas here and even more so when I suggested a scenic drive that had us passing small farms with cows, old barbed wire fences, horses, windmills, and agricultural plots of farmland. This area is not your typical tropical island wonderland, but to us it beautiful in its simplicity and reminder of the good old days. Heading further West, the road led us straight to an ocean that was just as calm as we were after such a beautiful drive. The drive alone was amazing and our West vacation hadn't even begun yet :)
Before I go into detail of our full trip, I wanted to talk a bit about a small town called Yauco. Nearing this city, you will see a hillside covered in colorful houses and wonder if you hadn't just warped into another country. We attempted to get a picture of the town, but unfortunately this part of the trip was a major fail with many terse words on how to get a good viewpoint for a photo. So, I have borrowed a beautiful photo from someone who had better luck. This photo was taken from Ricardo Ruiz de Porras.
Beautiful right!? We wanted to get some coffee and knew we could find a good cup here since this town is known as the "City of Coffee".
How do you know if you have a good cup of coffee? Does the straw sit up straight all by itself? If so, then yes you have a great cup of coffee :) We stopped at Cafeito, a small open air coffee shop in the town square. This place is great and Buddy and Bonnie got to tag along :)
The coffee shop had a chalkboard with a beautiful saying this trip and on the way back home. Translated, we have
"And when you least expect, everything goes well"
"A life is the color that you want to paint"
We love this shop and completely recommend stopping by if you are in the area. Order a cafe con leche and you will be happy!
After coffee, our trip continued West...
Theresa and Aaron
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