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Quick post from San Juan after the better part of a good week in Vieques, where I first went two years ago.  Involved were ferries,

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scooters,

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horses,

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and lots of boats .  .  .   notable being schooner Virginia, last seen on tugster here in mid-October last year. . . foto 8.

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back in October.  At first I thought it was Amistad, but Amistad has more headrig.

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Vieques has an appeal that tries to just hold me here, and

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if my return trip was aboard Arawak,

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I might just stay here.   I had a job offer already the second day I was here!!

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More soon.

 

ok . . . am going to withdraw the “tugster” filter on content and show some Vieques scenes, like the beach along the Esperanza “malecon” aka “boardwalk” at

sunset, looking toward Monte Pirata, westward.

oceanside view of Cayo Afuerte, off the Esperanza Playa

somewhere along the southern coast where hundreds of eggs from leatherbacks, hawksbill, and green turtles await the full moon while vulnerable to predators of both the mongoose and featherless biped variety.

inland night spot.  note the hanging pans and pots in the window behind the greenery.

munitions bunkers on the west side of the island . . . dozens of clusters like this along labyrinthine roads

serve as storage and hurricane shelters today.  this one was open . . . tugster shows scale.  Note the clutch of fruit bats (black spot) hanging above my left tide to the ceiling.

huge buttress roots on this ancient ceiba tree, said to have greeted

Columbus when he arrived.  Note the scale.

view of BioBay from Monte Santo.  Note Cayos de Tierra and Afuera marking Playa Esperanza.  Swimming at night in BoBay is like swimming in salty green fire.

stilt coming in to land in freshwater pond near the hydroponic project.  i loved the hummingbirds but got no fotos.

inland from Sun Bay.  clearly some water change happened here.  lots of wading herons and egrets in the salt pan.

nature reclaims all, including this 1950s Buick (?) along the road  where

free-range but branded horses roam at will

Most fotos by Will Van Dorp.  The ones where tugster plays “scale talent” taken by Jim Hackett.  Hope that’s spelled right, Jim.

Call this . . . .  waters around Vieques.   Here’s a map.

Punta Mula Light, overlooking Isabel Segunda harbor and the ferry docks.  The harbor is named for Spain’s only female monarch, to date.

fish pier next to the ferry dock

in the waterway between Isabel Segunda and the “mainland” of PR, the cargo ferry Islena .  Of course, I tried to cross on it but was denied.  Vieques’ second town of Esperanza, as seen from one of the peaks (not Monte Pirata)  at the western end of the island, here looking east.  The ilsands from near to far are Cayo de Afuera and Cayo de Tierra.

an unidentified two-masted schooner heads east from Esperanza Wednesday morning seen off Cayo de Tierra

long pier built by the Navy at Rompeolas, on the northwest side of the island looking towards Ceiba

fishing boat anchored off  Rompeola pier looks like it has some Maine influences

more fishing boats off Playa Esperanzaunidentified victim of a hurricane past lies on the west side of Cayo Afuera

Thursday afternoon brought a schooner-rigged catamaran into Esperanza harbor.  Vessel named Heron is

Boothbay, Maine.

Excuse any errors.  Have to post before I lose signal again.  All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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