I just wanted to relive my time in Vieques one more time before fully committing to the end of the school year. Plus, we did some fun stuff that I didn’t have time to write about in the other post.
For example, in support of Movember (my cousin Sam is collecting donations) we donned seashell mustaches. Men’s cancers are just as serious as lady cancers, but they just don’t seem to have the donation power! Also, we look hot.
We had to go on some adventures, because sitting on the beach all day wasn’t cutting it. We decided to go rogue and hike up to the tallest point on the island, Mt. Pirata. The way to the top is completely paved, so the hike isn’t very strenuous…the only hitch is the road is closed. This wasn’t really a problem (just jump the gate), until we got to the top and saw the entire peak was gated off, and it was too high to jump! Solution:
shimmy through. I got some great shots of the beach from the top, and we were quite close to compromising national security.
We also saw the 375 year old tree, which was huge. It’s got these great big roots that come out like buttresses. And, it even has smaller trees growing out of its roots! It’s like one big tree community.
We also drove around and looked at the old abandoned army buildings. The Navy owned most of the island as their base, until they left in 2003. Now there are abandoned buildings and half the is land is protected wilderness space. The protected wilderness spaces are the old restricted areas that were used for bombing practices and firing ranges.
We also went swimming in the Bioluminescent bay. It was pretty awesome. Bio bays have a lot of bioluminescent dinoflagellates, and when they get disrupted they start glowing as a defense mechanism. We kayaked out to the middle of the bay, hopped in the water, and started making glow-angles (like a snow angel, but in the water with the glowing dinoflagellates). They weren’t as bright as they can be due to the recent rains and the half-moon, but it was still an amazing experience, and one that I highly recommend. I couldn’t take pictures, because my camera is the opposite of high tech, but the website I linked to above has some great shots.
The next day we flew out to Puerto Rico, and then off to our destination cities. This time Sarah was the Pilot.
Just kidding, she was the co-pilot! (or she just called shotgun, who knew that worked on a plane?)
I think these final two pictures sum up our whole trip. I can’t wait to go back to Vieques some day, but, for now, I’ll have to relive the trip through my photos.