Mile High Dream

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El Yunque rainforest

02 April 2015 | El Yunque national Forest
greg-sunny with rain
El Yunque National rain forest

Today started like a pretty normal day with cleaning and reorganizing the boat. My rental car was due back at 4:00 so I decided boat duties would still be there later today or tomorrow. Let’s go explore Puerto Rico. My destination was the El Yunque national forest which is one of the few rainforest in the US national park system. Off I went.

On my most recent trips to the airport I had remembered signs for the national forest and I had a map and the phone. Driving a few miles down the main road I followed a sign that pointed to the rain forest. Checking the map I found it was not the most direct route but it might be very scenic. The road soon began shrinking in size. The road signs marking what road I was on were nonexistent and my phone told me to get back on the route after every switchback I turned on. Pretty soon I am in the rainforest on a one lane road going to somewhere I did not want to go. The narrow road was so steep that if i decided to walk up the road I would have needed to cut steps in ti for me to get up. “I think I made a wrong turn somewhere.” Forty five minutes later I finally reach the original main road I had turned off of. I never get lost but this trip has been a little more scenic than planned.

I look back at the map and decide to take the main road to the park. Wow, it was really easy to find going that way and I did not even have to listen to the phone telling me to go places I had no desire to go to. This is two days in a row my phone has let me down. I guess I am a slow learner.

The rainforest is amazing and the everyone must think so too since every pullout and potential parking place is already occupied. I am finally able to find an open parking spot and I go see the local waterfall attraction. The place is packed. I notice a sign for a trailhead a short way up so i decide to go for a hike.

The lush vegetation in every shade of green imaginable blocks out the sun. The various species of birds are calling out to each other. The insects and frogs add to the birdcalls and the natural symphony is in full concert mode. It is beautiful. The path ends up being a concrete path with steps and stones. I imagine this is the only way you can really have a trail here without having to use a machete every day to clear out the growth.

The trial is full of people. Families out for the day with their coolers. Huh? Children in their bathing suits. What gives? The name of this trail is big tree trail. A little less than a mile in and the trail opens on to a waterfall with two small shallow pools. It is body to body packed with people of all ages. Maybe I should have worn my swimsuit too. There certainly would have been a whole lot of body contact with every move I would have made. Hind site is always 20-20.

The trail continues up and up and up. When is this going to end. It was only suppose to be 40 minutes as I am close to an hour in already. Soon I am in an area with giant gazebos, small children, coolers of beer. I look down at my shirt which is wringing wet with my sweat and think “ these people have got to be in awesome shape to haul big coolers filled with beer this far up the trail. “ I am busy contemplating this when I hear someone’s car horn go off. “What the” I think as I walk another 100 yards and find the trail empties into a huge parking lot. That explained the coolers.

I turn around and start hiking back. The clouds open up and the rain is pouring. I hide under a big tree to get out of the rain. I look down at my sweat soaked shirt and decide the rain is only going help the sweat and my shirt really can’t get any more wet than it already is.

Back at the car, I peel off my wet shirt and put on a dry one that I was smart enough to throw in the car. Time to drop the car off but I think there is time for a hamberguesa at a local roadside pub I had seen on the way up. It was a great burger.

What a great day. Now it is time to go back to the boat and start getting it organized.
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Vessel Name: Mile High Dream
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 400
Hailing Port: Dillon, CO
Crew: Greg Seebart
About: Greg has been sailing since he was 21. I grew up in North Dakota and started taking advantage of the constant winds. After selling my bicycle store in 2006 we got more serious about living our dream on a sailboat. Greg and his wife purchased Mile High Dream in 2013.
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Greg and Mary had owned Nada Mas, a 23' South Coast, on Lake Dillon in Colorado for 33 years. We chartered in the Caribbean and Calif. numerous times. We were excited to begin our dream. While waiting for a weather window in the Truks and Caicos, Mary died unexpectedly Jan. 6 2015 after a [...]
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