Pete and Brenda join Ocean Angel in Puerto Rico

With the Angel loaded and ready to go, we packed our tiny rental car for the drive to San Juan where we planned to pick up our friends, Peter and Brenda Drottar, who were flying in from the USA. As we were driving along, I received a text message from Peter letting me know that the plane was having problems, and they were delayed. So, going with the flow, we changed plans, decided to wander Old Town, San Juan, have lunch, and do whatever until we received further word. Just as we finished lunch I received another text saying “We’re on the ground in San Juan!” Well, that was quick. We nearly ran back to where we’d parked the car, then retraced our route back to the airport to find our friends. As we drove into the airport arrival area, there they were standing on the curb watching for our little red car. Oh yeah, we’d given them that information in another text message. Sometimes the modern world really is a wonder. It was a little late in the day, so we scrapped our plans to wander San Juan and headed back to Fajardo for dinner and a relaxing evening.

View from the Visitor's Center on El Yunque
View from the Visitor’s Center on El Yunque

Peter and Brenda had never spent any time in Puerto Rico, so we planned to do a bit of exploring with them. Our first expedition took us to El Yunque, “The Anvil”, Puerto Rico’s second highest mountain, rain forest, and tropical eco park. Joy and I had never been there either, so this visit would be a treat for all of us.
Peter leads the way up one of the trails
Peter leads the way up one of the trails

Our only regret after visiting this park was that Joy wasn’t able to wander the many trails and paths through the rain forest. Nonetheless, we had a great time as we always do when with good friends we’ve known for 35 years and with whom we’ve traveled to more places together than we can hardly remember. Isn’t that what having good friends is all about?
One of many Waterfalls near El Yunque
One of many Waterfalls near El Yunque
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The flowers, vegetation, birds, sounds in the park – all kind of hard to believe. This mountain receives an immense amount of rainfall each year, 200 to 240 inches per year, more than 100 billion gallons of water. That’s billions, with a “B”. The amount of rain varies depending on how high up the mountain you go, and near the top of the mountain, it was raining while we were there. As we gaze at the mountains every day when we’re in Puerto Rico, the tops are almost always shrouded in clouds. It’s an incredibly beautiful place any time of year. 
Docked at Sun Bay Marina and Ready to Go
Docked at Sun Bay Marina and Ready to Go

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