The silent echoes of an Indigenous Ceremonial Park

My though of its location was utterly mistaken, pictured it on a flat valley nestled by a mountain range of dark green. The realization of my mistake came when we kept climbing the narrow paved and twisted road while still miles, as directed by our GPS, away from the park. It was a Monday, a few dark clouds seen through the foliage that canopied the road, could be seen. Concrete houses of every shape and size were cooped inside the mountain near the road or on a thin stretch of land right beside the cliff. Read More

Una mañana en El Yunque

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Sobre nuestro destino la suave neblina blanca era la emperatriz de la montaña. Su manto se extendía sobre las verdes faldas marcando su dominio. Las letras mayúsculas sobre un campo marrón rectangular revelaban nuestro destino, EL YUNQUE, y con una flecha la recta pavimentada a seguir. Como todas sus hermanas que abrazan las faldas de las montañas borinqueñas, la carretera se enroscaba como serpiente mientras la montaña desplomaba el verdoso fruto de su vientre sobre ella.

Eran las 7:30 a.m. cuando comenzamos nuestro ascenso por las faldas del Yunque. Los primeros seres que divisamos en la ruta solitaria fue al llegar a la cascada La Coca. Al bajar del auto para capturar el recuerdo, la frialdad húmeda nos azotó de improviso produciendo una sonrisa. Los blancuzcos hilachos de la cascada descendían a toda prisa por la robusta y lisa roca negra. Su música era armoniosa y contemplarle era el preludio de lo que encontraríamos.
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La torre Yocajú se eleva majestuosa sobre la vegetación que le rodea. Su escalera en espiral te lleva a su tope y por ventanillas arqueadas se ve parte del paronama, más no es hasta que se llega que éste te roba una sonrisa, tal vez un suspiro de admiración. El orgullo de haber nacido en esa tierra hermosa y que ese verde tesoro es tuyo y de tus hijos, te ensancha el corazón. El mar en la distancia era bañado por los cálidos rayos del sol; y la montaña a tus espaldas, por refrescantes gotas de lluvia.

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Para llegar a la vereda La Mina hay que descender una serie de empinadas escaleras que lleva a un área de picnic con casetas de concreto y separadas por la verde y hermosa vegetación. El olor a barbacoa mezclado con el aire fresco comenzaba a inundar el ambiente. En varias de las casetas hamacas eran colgadas, el pasado taíno vivo en el presente. Las instrucciones de mantenerse siempre en la vereda y nunca salir de ella, retumban en el subconsciente como un eco del pasado.
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Marcada por letreros de precaución, la vereda estrecha era una mezcla de concreto y grandes piedras de río, imitaba a su modo el tramo que el río tomaba desde que se abrió camino entre la tierra rocosa de la montaña. Subes, y las vistas espectaculares del río en constante movimiento te permite admirar su longitud abrazada por rocas y la naturaleza mojada por el rocío que le daba lustrocidad. Bajas, y las barandas metálicas pausan y permiten un espacio para llegar a la posita y mojarte los pies o bañarte en su cristalina frialdad. Mas es en la cascada La Mina que admiras su belleza y majestuosidad, la cual abre su entorno para refrescarte en ella. El Yunque nos regaló su entorno, su belleza sin igual y un recuerdo eterno.
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Twisted roots for the Travel Theme Twist

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Near a busy street that buzz like a bee, there’s a small Park that harvest a tranquil and serene forest in the town of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, called Robert Junghanns. The parking was in solitude meaning the park was ours. We were welcomed by a long set of steps that took us to the top, from where you could see the concrete paths with its bright yellow boarders stretch as far as the eye can see.
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There’s the need to stop for a few seconds and inhale the breeze that caress your skin, which has been tortured by the scorching Caribbean heat, and it’s accompanied by a overwhelming peaceful feeling.
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Slowly I walked the path enjoying the rustle of the leaves that made the canopy above, while my family headed on. As I stop to take some pictures my son shouts to hurry up. So I did. He knew what was at the end of the trail, we like to visit the forest, and this time he wanted to get there without the sight seeing I love to do. There is always something new in every visit you do.

There it was the biggest tree we have ever seen and Lord and Master of the forest. Stretching his branches from which new trees form from the twisted roots that fall elegantly to the ground. Years of slow growth has made him what he is know. There we stayed and played amongst it’s solid roots and swinged from others.

When all was done, the playing and my photo taking, we took the boy to strech a bit more his legs at the playground, have a snack and head home.

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This post was inspired by Where’s my backpack Travel theme: Twist

The Weekly Photos Challenge inspired by my Vacation

Vacation. I have been on vacation… Yes, like the saying states: “I need a vacation from this vacation”. But, in the mist of all I have taken some nice pictures to get me inspire, to have lasting memories for my kids and many life lessons. Life is a constant educator for each of us and it has taught me a lot of myself and others who might read this or might not. Don’t worry, this is not a melancholic post, rather one to let go and share.

Sharing is what’s all about with the Weekly Photo Challenges and I’m here to share the photos from my vacation using the pasts challenges posts I’ve missed. So let’s start from the beginning…

Fleeting:

My son and his Godmother at Wekiva Springs
My kids at Sea World

Movement:

My son trying to fly like a Pterodactylus
A dolphing after his jump at Sea World

Dreaming:

Statues of the child Jesus with his father Josehp at his carpenter workshop, taken in Virgin Mary Queen of the Universe Church
Vineyard at Winery Lakeridge
Hiking trail at Wekiva Springs

Inside:

This is a photo taken by my five year old son. It is the inside of a wine bottle at the Winery Lakeridge. He took over the photographing while I was munching on some free samples. Very clever!