(Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)
So, I’m still in the U.S. making the rounds on my tour-de-Florida circuit, but I’m trying my very best to keep the blog posts coming while I’m away. Jereme + Oliver, on the other hand, are holding down the fort back in Puerto Rico and enjoying some quality boys time together with a little fishing, paddle boarding, and boat projects in constant rotation!
A few days before I jetted home to Florida, Jereme had just spruced up our good ole dink by rehabbing the wood transom, so we thought we might as well take her out for a spin around the neighborhood while she was looking so shiny and new!
We hadn’t really seen much of the bay area in Puerto Real (since being happily docked at Marina Pescaderia), so we figured we better start exploring while we have the chance!!!
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve even had to use the dinghy (which is very abnormal for us since we are usually anchored out about 99% of the time), but that didn’t stop us from launching it like pros in record speed and cranking our outboard engine on the very first pull! Don’tcha just love when both puzzle pieces fall into place so smoothly?! ;))
The three of us (Oliver counts of course) hopped in the dinghy and motored around the bay that afternoon. Puerto Real is a pretty decent sized area with lots of mangrove-y nooks, a few old half-sunken ships, and even a great beach on the southwest tip of the town (with what looks like some pretty decent snorkeling right off the beach!).
And can we please talk about how excited ^^Oliver^^ got when he realized we were launching the dinghy!!! Like the most excited I’ve seen that little poodle pants in over a few weeks. Just look at ^^that^^ smile. He must love dinghy excursions as much as we do. :))
We spent the afternoon toting around the bay and checking out anything and everything interesting…including this very photo-riffic coconut tree that was jetting out oh-so-perfectly over the water. It was just low enough for one of us to jump up on from the dinghy and I sure as hell wasn’t going to let that photo op pass by without taking full advantage!
Jereme and Oliver watched as I somehow (and very ungracefully) managed to weasel myself up onto the tree at the lowest spot over the water and then pivoted my tush a ways up the tree trunk for that once-in-a-lifetime photo!
And I’ll say, Jereme came through with his photog skills on this one big time, capturing such a great image for us! Go J!
Okay, but let’s be honest here.
Coconut trees are neither comfortable nor easy to stay seated on.
They appear so glamorous and relaxing, but I promise you, they are the total opposite — very tough on the tush and super duper wobbly. I’m actually quite proud of myself for not falling off in the process. I think my fear of breaking a leg in the super shallow water beneath the tree kept my balance meter in check while stationed up on the coconut tree.
After our fun little photo op, we continued on in the dinghy exploring other parts of the bay area.
^^Oliver still sporting his new short ‘do and loving every second of this afternoon dinghy ride.^^
I can’t get enough of the beaches here in Puerto Rico. There’s just something about the super tall coconut trees lining the shore that make them so “Caribbean” feeling. I love it!
And the mangrove nooks and crannies around Puerto Real are great paddle boarding spots to hit up, along with one pretty awesome mangrove-enclosed lagoon that is the perfect hurricane hole (but might be a tiny bit too shallow for our sailboat — let’s hope we don’t have to test out that theory)!
After a long hot afternoon buzzing around on the dinghy, we headed back to our comfortable slip at Marina Pescaderia with future plans to snorkel, paddle board a few spots, and more!
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