Above is a photo of Aiden in his stroller as we walked around the fort walls in Old San Juan. Since August is about the hottest month of the year - grabbing a little shade was a must. I think at this point a shower from the fountain would be great. lol As the sun went down we headed past Seven Seas Beach to Vieques to find our meeting place for a night kayaking. OK, no, we aren't crazy but this was a bioluminescence lagoon that we would kayak to and the moon shining off the water would be spectacular. And it was true. You could splash the water and sure enough, it did glow. We had heard you could swim in it but that had been stopped. When you swim in it, well, its gives your body a glow in the dark effect. But not this trip. Above you can see the gang as we wait for our kayaks. Here is the impatient group waiting to get started. Of course, they were about an hour late leaving. While we wait, here is a little more about the bioluminescence bay. The Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques is, perhaps, the brightest in the world! with over 750,000 tiny dinoflagellates per gallon of water that light up when they are touched! Imagine a lake full of Tinkerbells fairy dust! Pure magic, the experience is actually indescribable.
Next it was off to Farjallo to catch the ferry to Culebra. We learned the hard way that you MUST get a ticket in advance or you could be standing in the line when it gets cut off. We did that the day before so prepared in advance to go the following day. The entrance to catch the ferry is just across the road at the green building. (photo above) Everyone has to check in here were so be sure and don't get there late. Once on the boat people took their "boating" positions. Sleeping if you get sea sick, playing if you are a kid, and laughing if you are one that being on the water doesn't bother you. Bob is sitting up here but only a few minutes later - he took his laying down position.
Stepping off the ferry was so beautiful. Culebra was a beautiful island with the most beautiful water I had ever seen. Once we got off the ferry boat, we walked through town and up the hill to the left heading to a beach that is known for its great snorkeling. (per Rick Steves books)
The beach was called Playa Melones and it was a great snorkeling beach. While some sulked at the picnic table because there wasn't any food and drink facilities, others hit the water and enjoyed their time. After a couple hours, it was off to town for lunch.
Here are a couple photos of the white sand beach and the beautiful water. In the right photo, Aiden did his version of "footprints." lol
This trip to Puerto Rico, even though it was last minute, was a great trip to spend time with some of the kids and one of the grandsons. We had a great time and truly enjoyed just playing at the beach, games, cards and watching tv. But the most special part of it all was getting to share in Daniel's proposal experience. That will be a memory to treasure forever. I thank you for sharing this family trip with us but also I hope you enjoyed sharing in a rare special moment with our family.