hello from puerto rico! we’ve been spending the week here during spring break from school and we cannot get enough of this beautiful place. last saturday, we hiked juan diego falls in the yunque national forest (which is the only rain forest included in the united states national forest service, kinda cool!) and i saw the most insane 360 degree rainbow circling the bottom of the waterfall when you stood in the middle of it! the water felt warm, the sunshine was just the right amount of heat, and no one fell or hurt themselves while climbing the steep trail to the falls. (i had my doubts any of us would make it up.) it was wonderful!
josh’s cousin moved to puerto rico with her family (which includes 6 children, 5 of which are still living at home!) last summer, so we met up with them last weekend to hike to the waterfalls which made the entire outing all the more fun for everyone! our kids love their kids (who are so good with our kids) and josh and i kept commenting to one another how wonderful our arms felt having a break from holding babies during most of the day because someone was often so sweet wanting to hold one. :)
some photos from our hike to the waterfall!
beatrice was strapped to the front of me so sadly i didn’t get a photo of her with my big camera (i have some selfie style videos i’ll share on instagram) but can’t get over madalena KEEPING HER HAT ON lol! even if it was for maybe 60 seconds, i felt proud she hadn’t pulled it off just yet. baby steps! by july, we’ll have worked up to a solid 5 minutes of hat wearing, i just know it.
how insane is this waterfall against this backdrop?! i think green is my new favorite color after seeing this in person.
samson kept jumping right into the waterfall, but eleanor only wanted to go in on her cousin’s back, WITH a hat to protect her face. bless her heart. ;) conrad also went in but didn’t stand directly underneath it. this was the smaller waterfall below the bigger one which we hiked up to next.
our kids actually hiked up to the first smaller waterfall through the stream, not the actual trail. took them a little while longer, but they had so much fun following the water…
i didn’t see it at first, but josh was crying laughing so hard when he saw this photo and i didn’t know why. eventually, out of breath, he said, “look at how much bigger i am than you,” and once i saw it, i couldn’t stop laughing either. i’m like just 6 inches behind him, but it makes a difference angle wise in the photo and we thought it was pretty funny. ha! he was joking that i shrunk when i got wet.
such a beautiful rainforest and incredible waterfall! more to come for puerto rico.