The big finish to my Puerto Rican visit came Saturday morning with a guided tour of El Yunque National Forest. Danelle found me a terrific guide named John Druitt, a British expatriate who moved to the island 30 years ago. He picked me up at 7:00 and after some discussion of my interests (hiking and photography) decided that the Arboles Grandes Trail would be a worthy endeavor. So that's where we headed.
Cecropia leaves are what gave the forest its name. The native word for white sounded like the Spanish "yunque," which means anvil. But the Spaniards thought they were just mispronouncing their word. So, Anvil Forest. Brilliant.
anole posturing on the side of a tree was the highlight as far as that went. At least he was patient enough to wait for me to set up my tripod and get a nice, sharp shot. I probably should have tried to get in a little closer, but I didn't want to scare him off.
La Mina Falls is the highlight of the hike -- 40 beautiful feet of cascading water.
pigs tell each other they're sweating like when they want to get the message across that they're really sweating.
The trail was exactly what I was hoping for -- a little bit of a workout packed with a lot of beautiful scenery. :)