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Puerto Rico's Guanica Dry Forest
The recollection of this aridness is what came to mind when I read this finely wrought piece about Guanica Dry Forest, a state forest on Puerto Rico's southwest coast. It is dry there...hence the name. But the author encounters a variety of birds and wildlife that help make the place seem far more exotic than a visit to Puerto Rico. She also comes across the "Guayacan Centenario," a plant older than Columbus. Or older than Columbus would be if here were still alive...in which case he'd likely be very shriveled and green. But I'd still have a beer with him. Anyway, my interest was piqued by this piece and I confess a tremor of regret that I never saw the Guanica Dry Forest during my own trip the PR. Perhaps next time.