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Guánica, Kicked Back on a Saturday

I had previously reported about the Dry Forest of Guánica, but did not make it into town.  Now I’m back to fill in some details.

This IS by far the driest, hottest place on the island.

Closeup Detail of Quenepas on Tree in Salinas, Puerto RicoIt was a clear day in August so yes, it was hot, but not muggy. There was also a nice breeze too, since we were right on the coast. If you are from the Southern United States, you’ll feel right at home. Ya’ll got that?

So my goal this time was to hit the Plaza of Guánica, check out the old abandoned Sugar Mill, retrace the point of entry for the US troops landing here in 1898 and check out a couple more places within the Dry Forest Preserve.

Closeup Detail of a Split Quenepa Showing Edible Fruit Surrounding the Seed in Salinas, Puerto RicoI also made it over to Parguera, up the coast, west of Guánica, but I’ll save that for me next post… Arrg!

Since we were coming from Ponce, we took Hwy 2, to Hwy 116. Hwy 116 runs right past the Plaza.

This time of year, you will see lots of folks along the highway selling bunches of Quenepas. Quenepa trees grow all over PR. These shots were taken in Salinas last month. I have a Quenepa sprout I started from seed last Fall. The fruit are about the size of big grapes. The first place we stopped wanted $5 bucks for a bunch.. ridiculous. Continue reading

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