Chasing Windmills

A few weeks ago, Steve and I went on a day trip observing locations for a “Don Quixote” animation he is working on. Naturally, this scouting trip consisted of visiting the few windmill farms on the island as well as one historical windmill site. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the historical windmill in Guayama since it was closed for restorations.

We had a great time meandering through Santa Isabel’s windmill farm with its various thriving crops such as corn, mangoes and papaya. The windmills are huge and incredibly intimidating when standing just within 100 yards but equally beautiful and alluring with their tapered blades powerfully whooshing overhead.

After Santa Isabel it was a long and winding road through many congested towns of people celebrating “Eugenio Maria de Hostos”. What we thought would take us 90 minutes, in fact took us almost twice as long to arrive in Punta Lima where the final modern windmill farm was located. It wasn’t nearly as accessible as the one prior and is situated within the landscape so awkwardly it was no longer a viable choice.

It was all worth it though to see a completely different side of the island, at various points we felt like we were in another world. It reminded us a lot of the Sonoma Valley in California, the landscape and the atmosphere were very pristine, serene and breath-taking at many points.


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