On a recent travel to the upstate New York region, we encountered this warning sign. It actually contains quite a bit of information about prevention. In any case it got everyone’s attention. We have all heard the term Lyme Disease. What exactly is it? Should we keep away from outdoor activities and protect ourselves by covering everything up like this?

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted by tiny blacklegged ticks. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the joints, the heart and the nervous system. Fortunately, most cases of Lyme Disease can be treated successfully by a few weeks of antibiotics regiment.

Also, luckily, the early sign of a Lyme Disease tick bite is very distinct. The medical term is erythema migrans. It manifests as an expanding annular rash on your skin, centered around the tick bite. If you don’t see such circular rash on your skin, you’re probably safe.

Read about our other Puerto Rican adventures here: fajardovieques beginningsvieques beachesvieques eatsvieques goodbyesan juan sightingssan juan san cristobalsan juan bacardisan juan la fortaleza • san juan yellowsan juan coastal roadsan jaun escambronsan juan palomassan juan el morrosan juan eats

Palomas are pigeons. There is an entire park dedicated to these birds in Old San Juan. In fact, it’s even called Parque de las Palomas. This semi-hidden park is next to Capilla del Cristo at the end of Cristo Street and must be where all the pigeons in the entire city gather. The fact that people can pay $1 and buy some food to feed these pigeons probably doesn’t “helps” the situation. While I don’t personally think pigeons are all that great, I still think it’s neat to see so many birds all in one place especially when they poke their heads out of the wall holes or cover the main tree in the center of the square.

Read about our other Puerto Rican adventures here: fajardovieques beginningsvieques beachesvieques eatsvieques goodbyesan juan sightingssan juan san cristobalsan juan bacardisan juan la fortaleza • san juan yellowsan juan coastal roadsan jaun escambron

A San Juan photo adventure:

Balneario El Escambron may not be a very big beach on the outskirts of Old San Juan, but it’s quite beautiful sight. Technically located in the Puerta de Tierra section of San Juan, this beach offers clear waters, a bit of shade, and lovely sand. I just love how the coral reef off the shore keeps the waters calm so if I had had the hankering for swimming I could have done so without worrying about being swept out into the ocean! In any case, my favorite part of the beach was the east side, which was particularly rocky then led up to a grassy hill and old military ruins beyond that.

Read about our other Puerto Rican adventures here: fajardovieques beginningsvieques beachesvieques eatsvieques goodbyesan juan sightingssan juan san cristobalsan juan bacardisan juan la fortaleza • san juan yellowsan juan coastal road

A San Juan photo adventure: