Puerto Rico Day Seven: Farewell To the Rain Forest And Back To San Juan
The rain soon stopped and I watched the dissipating clouds float across the sky. I could not see the sunrise since it was on the other side of the mountain but I enjoyed watching the clouds reflect the morning sunlight. Here is a link to some more photographs of the morning sky. Puerto Rico Day Seven: Rain forest morning clouds. February 14 2018.
I did not want to walk back into the rain forest that morning. My shoes were still soaked and my cloths muddy. And I wanted to explore more of the mountains in my jeep. So I decided to take some photographs of the beautiful flowers
I had a few hours to take photographs since breakfast was to be served at 9 a.m. So I continued to look for birds, spiders lizards or anything of interest, including this beautiful snail. Here is a link to some more photographs taken with my macro lens. Puerto Rico Day Seven: Rain Forest Inn macro lens.
After frolicking with these friendly pets, I sat down for a delicious breakfast prepared by Rene. I had a wonderful conversation with her and Bill. I learned so much about the rain forest, the history of the area, and the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. They love their Inn and surrounding property as much as I do mine.
In the short few hours I was there, I really came to love the beautiful Rain Forest Inn and it’s surrounding forest . Here are some more photographs of the lovely, elegant Inn located in this sub-tropical paradise. Puerto Rico Day Seven. Rain Forest Inn February 14 2018.
Sadly, I had to leave. I decided to drive some of the mountain roads and check out the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. I didn’t take long to find it. I soon came to this crew who had stopped traffic while the did some repair work on the road.
It didn’t take long to find out just how bad the road conditions were. I hit a large hole in the road and blew out a tire. Luckily, I had a spare in the Jeep. I had road side assistance but there was no telephone service in the mountains.
Thankfully, a crew of electrical workers from Missouri and Illinois were nearby to lend assistance. We were in the mountains and there was really no flat ground to change the tire. They had a wedge to place under the tire and helped me change it.
Just as we had changed the towers a nearby transformer on an electrical pole line exploded sending the workers scampering to safety. They said it will take months to get electricity to the folks living up here. The Rainforest Inn had no electricity and had to use propane electrical generators. The residents of this wonderful island still need plenty of help.
Eventually I was on my way. I drove down from the hills to the major highways and back to San Juan. My hotel for my last night in Puerto Rico, The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel was located on the beach near the airport. Here is a link with some more photographs from my drive from the mountains. Puerto Rico Day Seven: Drive to San Juan February 14 2018.
I was too tired to explore the nightlife of San Juan. I had a late flight the next day. I planned to get up early and do a little more exploring on my last day on this wonderful island. So after editing some photographs I was soon sound asleep. Here is a link to some more photographs from my afternoon walks. Puerto Rico Day Seven San Juan hotel afternoon walks.