For the fourth year in a row, my wife and I started our new year in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where we’re continuing the rounds of upkeep, repair (yes, including Hurricane Maria repair, a year and a half later), and steady upgrading of Allysen’s mom’s house here.
Our first action—after a drugged sleep, after landing on the island at 4 a.m. local time—was to pick up our reserved rental car from Enterprise. What we had reserved was a small SUV. What we got—the last vehicle on the lot—was a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Not the one of the older, reasonable-sized pickups, but a monster truck. This thing was up so high you could barely see the street, and it had the approximate turning radius of an aircraft carrier. (Oh, for my little Ranger, back home!) Fortunately we were able to swap it out for a Jeep “SUV”—a small crossover, really—after a week of lumbering around in the monster.
Then we began the inventory of everything to be done…
Oh, my head. The details will come in the next installment. For now, here’s a picture of Allysen in a charming little place called 19 Barios, with excellent pizza and equally excellent locally brewed IPA.
And here’s the hillside at night, from our neighbor’s balcony. The brightly lit building in the center is the Castillo Serralles, and to the right is the Cruceta del Vigia, both big tourist attractions in Ponce.
If you want to see how this long-running saga got started, you can browse previous years’ installments of the Ponce Chronicles.
The work has been hard, but not in vain. The house is now available for vacation rentals!