Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
That morning our hotel had Sunrise Omelets for breakfast, yum! We then packed up and headed to the airport. I'd heard stories from my mom's visit to see my dad in PR (he worked there for a year) about having to give your weight before you get on the plane so it won't be too heavy and crash. Dad told her, "DON'T LIE!" I remembered that when I was asked my weight upon checking in, no ID required of course. Ha. The flight ever there was easy and took a short 15 minutes vs. the 60 minute ferry ride.
Let the adventure begin!
They put Nathan by the emergency exit. I'd trust him since he's been trained on water crash/rescue training for the helicopters for work.
The famous Flamenco Beach. 1.6km of white sand beach. It was empty then because the ferry hadn't arrived. It was packed later. That's why we headed to...
Carlos Rosario Beach. We also went to a few others near by.
The runway in Culebra. There was a crazy crosswind but our pilot did a great job.
There was another gringo family on the plane and we decided to all catch a cab to the beach together. We figured we'd save money. We had to wait a while but we finally got a cab ($3/person) to Flamenco Beach. The lady at our hotel had told us to skip it and head to Carlos Rosario Beach for good snorkeling and some privacy. More hiking but I was up for it. It was AMAZING! A private beach on an island! They call them the Spanish Virgin Islands for a reason. After a 20 minute hike we arrived at our own beach to spend the day together. A family came at one point but were far away and were barely noticeable. We snorkeled and spent the day together. I can't explain how awesome it was. I got to fly on a chartered plane to a (basically) private beach to spend the day with the guy I love. Bliss!
Nathan walking through the 'quasi-open' (words of the lady at the hotel) gate at the back of the parking lot to get to Playa Carlos Rosario.
View from the hike.
Part of our own beach!
Sexy? No. Silly? Yes.
The parrot fish. He was my favorite. They were everywhere and they have these silly front teeth that stick out. Too cute!
I made him hold my hand because I was afraid of swimming out in the middle of nowhere and getting lost.
Relaxing between snorkel sessions. Nathan decided my belly button was a good storage facility for the sea glass he was finding.
This was the only time I layed out the entire trip. It was about 10 minutes. The rest my beach time was spent exploring or snorkeling.
So amazing. It really is an alternate universe.
One of two places still open for lunch at 3pm. PR has their own time table and places actually close down between lunch and dinner. It was good food and good service from the owners.
The flight back. So happy after such a great day.
We stopped by the kiosks again for some 'fried tasty goodness' and a beer. We'd had the beer the day before and thought it was lame. It tasted awesome with the salty fried food. Great combo!
I should shoot the next Medalla ad. They could use my skills.
We cleaned up and decided to head to the Brass Cactus for a late night snack. It was in all of the guide books and it was actually one of our $50 gift card restaurants. I'm glad we chose the other place. It was 'American' food. The decor was cheesy and it was loud. Not a romantic place at all like Guavas was. The service was 'eh' and after talking to the owner (and checking his info in the guidebook) we found out that he was a liar (about being from Houston) and a bit of a kook.
Culebra was AMAZING beyond words and if you ever head to PR it is a must. Nathan and I would go back just to visit Culebra again. Next time we would book way ahead and spend the night on the island.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We headed for the summit which should have been another hour hike. Well, I got distracted by this guy wearing Crocs to hike a mountain and took a wrong turn. I knew something was wrong since we were going downhill and not up but thought that it must me a temporary valley thing before we headed up again. We walked 30 minutes before hitting the next trail head and having to turn around. We wasted an hour. Oops. (Good thing Nathan and I had already decided that we weren't allowed to get upset about weather or things that have already happened. This went into the second category and Nathan was very nice about it. It was my mistake and I was the one throwing a fit because I was hungry. Darn salad.) Once we made it back to the screw up point we headed the right way and made it to stop number two on our hike, Los Picachos. We'd hiked for two hours for a sucky view, clouds, and it began to pour down rain. I know it rains in the rainforest but this was insane. I was glad I had my camera in a waterproof case and my semi-waterproof backpack. It was getting dark quickly and I was envisioning spending the night outside, Man Vs. Wild style. If you know me, you'll know that I get very cranky when I'm hungry or in an extremely unpleasant situation. I started complaining at this point and Nathan thought it was hilarious.
Me: This is like working out on the stairmaster in the rain!
Me: This is like every other CCC trail but with rain!
Nathan: (More laughing) Is this going on your blog?
We booked it down the mountain to the car as fast as we could and missed the summit. Nathan was bummed but knew that it would have just been clouds anyway.
This is what I found in the hotel upon our wet return. I found it very amusing. It was the second time people though we were married.
Yes, I picked out his clothes.
I know I ordered Italian (Chicken Carbonara) but it was AMAZING! One of the best things I've ever eaten in my entire life!
Nathan's ribs and shrimp. Also very tasty.
Embarrassing, yes. Funny, maybe. I claimed to be done with dinner but I couldn't help myself. I had to stuff in one more HUGE bite.
Our first of three flan. Much thicker than the ones here. More like a cheesecake which I really liked but Nathan likes it a little more 'wiggly.'
The guy at security says "What a nice husband, huh?" when Nathan cut in front of me in line. Hmm, not so much. This husband/married theme will follow us. Ha.
Room 35. Nice enough.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I like this one of Nathan's bubbles.
Nathan's photography skills. I'm not so sure about it. Ha.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
All the hotel chains are super expensive $300+ and anywhere less than $100 is most likely a dump. We needed four different places to stay along the way around the island. After hotel taxes our hotels are costing about $125/night. This took extensive research but what else am I doing this summer. I'll post pics and links later along with our tentative itinerary. Adios!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Moving on. I'm currently house-sitting at my brother's place in Dickinson. I'm actually VERY glad that I don't own a house right now. I could care less if plants get watered and what my yard looks like. I would have a very crappy looking yard. I'm not ready for that amount of work. I'll either need a husband or yard crew to do that for me! Anyway, i was slightly peeved when I got ready for bed the first night and discovered no sheets on the guest bed. Upon speaking to Chad the next day I found out that he had assumed that I would crash in their gi-normous bed. That's all fine and good but I honestly didn't know when they had last washed them and if they drooled on their pillows. I put sheets on the bed in the front room and slept just fine. I'm enjoying their very large TV and numerous channels that I don't have. :) You know how much I love TV.
For those of you that haven't heard yet. . . Nathan and I are finally going on a vacation. We finally have the money and our schedules line up in the summer! Woo-hoo! We're going to Puerto Rico. Why? Why not? I plan on working on my pasty skin (hopefully without getting too red) and spending a full week with the boy. We're renting a car and driving around the coast for surf and snorkel spots. It's going to be an adventure alright!