Puerto Rico San Juan

On September 14, 2013 I received my call to serve as a Mission Nurse Specialist in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission for a period of 18 months. I am always up for a new adventure and look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time flies!

Well, here I am - 2 wks later and a lot of photos to load!  Kris and Eric arrived about noon on the 11th.  I met them at the airport and we immediately headed for Ponce where I needed to meet an Elder for a Dr appt.  I dropped them off at the 'usually scenic' square - happened to be preparations for the university olympics.....beer tents all over the park, ATM machines had been cleaned out to avoid break-ins during the festivities, and the local merchants were boarding up windows as if a hurricane was approaching.  On the way out of town, we saw numerous inbound police cars and ambulances.  On Sat, we took the Catano ferry to Old San Juan for some shopping and went to the yummy Argentine restaurant for dinner.  After Church on Sunday, we returned to Old San Juan to visit San Cristobal fortress.  On Monday, we caught the Fajardo ferry to the small island of Vieques - about 1 1/4 hr ride.  The 0930 tickets were sold out, so had to wait for the 1pm trip.  We stayed overnight at La Lanchita resort in Isabel II on the island and did a lot of travelling around the island.  One of our PR missionaries is from Hawaii and said when he went to Vieques, he felt like he was home.  It was a fun adventure...Eric and Kris got us in places and on roads that I never hope to revisit, but we didn't get lost for very long :o)  We returned to PR on Tuesday and drove to Arecibo on Weds to visit the Camuy Caverns and the amazing Arecibo Observatory.  After a more leisurely day on Thurs, they flew home on Friday.  I pretty much covered the island on Sat visiting sick missionaries and dropping off mail/supplies as I was in the area.  Visited Aguas Buenas and Cidra (West of Caguas), Salinas (South coast East of Ponce), Ponce, Adjuntas and Lares.  That was a 12 hr day!  This week I have been on the road at least part of every day and will spent part of tomorrow locating Orthopedic surgeons in two different areas to evaluate 2 of the missionaries.  I am posting quite a few photos and want to mention that the missionaries in photos gave me permission to post their pictures on this blog.  

Elder Peralta/Peru
Elder Henao/Columbia

L to R - Kris/Eric/Sis & Elder Patterson/Sis Allred

Old San Juan/San Cristobal

Looking from San Cristobal to El Moro

Wild Horses on Vieques
Sun Beach/Esperanza, Vieques, PR (Caribbean side of the island)

Abandoned Navy Bunker - saw lots of those!!
Sunset in Esperanza
Bananas Restaurant/Esperanza
La Lanchita/Isabel II (Segunda) - Atlantic side of the island

Vieques Chapel/Sis Escobar (Guatemala)/ Sis Howell and Sis Crist (US)

Outbound from Vieques on Ferry
Inbound return to Fajardo, PR from Vieques
Fajardo from front window of ferry

Arecibo Observatory Dish

View from inside the Camuy Caverns (South of Arecibo)

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