2008MAR5-13 I didn't have much free time, but was able to get away twice for some recreational stuff. My first trip was to El Yunque, a National Forest rainforest (the only in the US forest system). The main route through the forest, 191, winds all through the forest and mountains with many hairpin corners and would make a very good motorcycling road if it weren't in a rainforest where it rains all the time. Because 191 is closed in the center due to slides, traversing the entire forest by car is not possible. Once there, I also took a short hike to the top of Mt Britton, which took me substantially less time than my guide said it would.

I was not able to get away for sightseeing again until the night before we left, which is a huge regret. For that last night, I went to Old San Juan and had an excellent time and wish that I had gone earlier in the trip so that I could go back and visit it more. I started out my tour next to the port, by the docking for the cruise ships. I walked along the trail on the water, underneath El Morro's wall, until the port opened up into the Atlantic. Then, I turned back around and went into the city, above the wall, and toured El Morro and the grassy land leading up to its gate. After dark, and well beyond dark, I did a little more touring of the city and visited El Batey. I do not know why, but the bars, or at least El Batey, had a very good feel, both the people and the place, that really makes me want to visit Old San Juan again. I'd also like to spend more time in Puerto Rico's natural setting, such as Isla Mona, both above and below the water.

Also, if la muchacha en rojo is reading this....