Greetings family, friends and dear readers. I have been traveling a bit this past week to the island of Puerto Rico. My time was well spent with my family in this tropical paradise and it has been very precious and beautiful to me. It has been one of those trips that will help to sustain me through the decades of my life.
When Amanda, Preston and the children moved to Puerto Rico in December of 2016 my heart nearly broke. They moved from their darling home in Sacramento, California (1,723 miles away) to Dorado, Puerto Rico (2,156) Even though the distance is not significantly greater, somehow it seems so. The vastness of the sea which separates us plays tricks on my mind. If I think about it all too much I get a big pit in the middle of my stomach.
Colorful small towns, food trucks and various vendors dot the coastlines from shore to shore. So no matter what coastline we traveled to (Atlantic or Caribbean side) a medley of colors painted the turquoise waters and matching blue skies.
Puerto Rico has a rich history and even to this day the island fights for it’s rights as an unincorporated territory of the U.S. The Puerto Rican government has a 45 % poverty rate and is in a debt-crisis.
I am reminded how blessed I am not only by family, but by having a home that is safe and secure, so much of the island is till reeling from hurricane Maria. From the air, sights of missing roofs covered in blue tarps sprinkle the tropical landscape.
As the seasons of life ebb and flow I have began to cherish these brief moments even more. I have become a collector of memories and moments in the later decades of my life. Oh, this may sound depressing to many of you but it is not. It is complete and total freedom to carve out the way I wish to spend my moments, hours and days…to live my life.
Hiking has always been a passion of mine whether in the Rocky Mountains or in Puerto Rico. There are wonderful hiking trails all around the Island, some close to the sea and others in the mountains.
The Golden seashore of Domes Beach is world renown for it’s surfing competitions with waves reaching up to 25 feet. We spent one weekend in Rincon and played in the ocean for two days. I paddled out to sea with the rest of the family and joined in on snorkeling. We saw a beautiful sea turtle, barracuda and glorious seashells too.
I love the time I spent with my daughter and her sweet family. I enjoy her companionship so much. (Avery had just had enough of everything, even though pizza was on the way!)
Thank you for a wonderful visit dear Daughter, Preston and family and beautiful Puerto Rico!
I am sharing links to Amanda’s and Preston’s Sacramento Home Transformation.
Thank you For joining me today!