The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
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... bursts. A half hour later, the sun was out. Clearly we're in the tropics. The plane we're flying is a Saab 340B - no longer in production or really used by any airlines other than smaller regional carriers around the world. You can see the plane and get more details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_340 A plus is that it seems that Jen and I got the best seats on the plane - exit row. Otherwise, it's a 2 hour noisy flight over open ocean! Off we ...
... stop (it's ok, the bar is atop the hotel I'm at) after arriving back after the week on a little island off the east coast. More on that later.
So, I arrived in San Juan a week or so ago (that's as accurate as my calendar can be whilst on holiday), choosing to stay in "Old San Juan" for a day and night, and was immediately taken in by the streetscape; cobblestone roads and old fascades cared for and in all the colours I expected through ...
... flavors, new cultures and, of course, five new National Park sites!! There's one on Puerto Rico, one each on St. Thomas and St. John, and two on St. Croix. After this trip, our number will climb to about 240 or so out of the 398 currently administered by the NPS.So, anyway, we got up on time, grabbed our carefully staged bags, turned in the car (gassed up the night before), checked in the bags (48 and 36 pounds - room for loot), and started heading to the ...
... ownership was settled when Admiral William Sampson took the honours for the USA.
After the fort closed we wandered around the cobblestone streets for several hours enjoying the ambience of the locals' Christmas anticipation, and loving the air of living history that is Old San Juan. We watched the laser light show, shared some bad red wine at a street side bar, then a meal at a local restaurant.
Slowly, reluctantly, we headed back ...
... on the side of a mountain overlooking the gorgeous valley below. It was immense in size. On the ceiling of the chamber were thousands of bats and on the floor piles of bat droppings. As we stood at the edge of the cave overlooking the valley bats would fly in and out over our heads! Lucky for us, there was a tremendous breeze inside this cave so the smells were made tolerable. What a fun adventure! We were the only ones there! Us and thousands of bats!