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.
"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!