Hello again! I am sorry for the long delay in posts. The end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 was crammed full of me getting sick, James hurting his back, and death in my family. I have lots of content on the way, though, starting with a recap of an awesome weekend that we just spent visiting DeLorean owners in Puerto Rico!
Earlier this year, the Puerto Rico DeLorean Club extended an invitation to DMC Houston to attend what was going to be the biggest gathering of DeLoreans in the history of the island - 15 cars out of the 21 known to be in Puerto Rico would be in attendance at the XXIV Gran Feria de Autos Antiguos, a huge gathering of all makes and models of cars in Puerto Rico to celebrate the island's love for the automobile. James and I have always wanted to visit Puerto Rico, so we jumped at the opportunity to not only set off on another adventure, but to visit with the very proud and active local DeLorean club. Puerto Rico itself also represents a giant "could have been" in DMC history, as it was the other major contender along with Belfast, Northern Ireland to host the production facilities of the DeLorean DMC-12.
James and I flew out on Thursday afternoon from Houston and arrived that evening in San Juan, PR's capital city. There was a local time difference of +2 hours from our time zone. We decided to pick up a Mustang convertible (which we sadly didn't take any pictures of!) from the car rental facilities and use it to cruise around the island on Friday, since the show didn't officially begin until Saturday. We set the alarm for our usual get-up-for-work time and watched the sunrise over the water from our hotel balcony. We then got ready for the day and jumped in the Mustang to grab some breakfast on the way out of town. We hit a Krispy Kreme on the outskirts of San Juan... don't judge... there aren't very many in Houston. Then we continued counter-clockwise around the island for the remainder of the day. The day was sunny and about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. A wonderful break from the sudden cold front we were dealing with back at home. The island is a little over 100 miles long, and about 40 miles wide, so it was easy to fit a loop around it into a day trip. The scenery was beautiful and there was plenty of wildlife to watch.
Saturday and Sunday were reserved for the Gran Feria, and it did not disappoint! James and I headed over to the tent that housed the DeLorean club and we were given an impressive welcome. DMC Houston does a lot of business with its members, so it was awesome to finally be able to put faces to all of the names and voices that I have heard over the phone in the last few years. I could always tell by the conversations I would have with them that they were an extremely close-knit group that had a lot of pride in their cars and the ties that they had with Puerto Rico. That pride was even more obvious in person. To all the club members - You guys are amazing and you are true fans of the car! We can't wait to see you again!
You can check out their Facebook page here!
And if you would like to see more pictures, check out the full album here!
James and I made the Japanese town of Sendai our home base for a few days since it was between Cat Island and Fox Village - two places on our list of things to visit before we went home. After visiting Cat Island, we came back to the hotel to crash for the night and got up early to pack our things and head for the Shiroishi train station via the Sendai station. After reaching Shiroishi we stowed our luggage in one of the train station's lockers (cost 600 yen, or about $6 USD) and then called a taxi to take us the rest of the way to Fox Village, which is only accessible by a small two-lane divided road that heads up into the area's mountains.
It was about a 25 minute taxi ride and cost about 3800 yen, or just under $40 USD each way. The cab driver also gave us a business card with his cab number on it so the Fox Village staff could call him when we were ready to leave and he would return to get us, which was nice. Otherwise we were just at the mercy of an upcoming visitor who happened to arrive via taxi. Once we made it to the Village, we paid a small entry fee of 1000 yen per person, or about $10 USD each, and we also purchased some pre-bagged fox food and rabbit food, which was 200 yen per bag, or about $2 USD. We were also given a printed no-no sheet to read that explained the dos and don'ts once you were inside and also a small cloth bag to keep the food in, as the foxes can apparently hear the crinkling of the plastic food baggies and chase you down for them.
Once we entered the main fox area, we were immediately hit with the zoo-like smell of copious amounts of fox poop. Online descriptions about the place warned about needing to wear hiking boots or something rugged to tromp through the poop that was everywhere, but he main walking trails that you were asked to stay on were kept very clean. I could only see poop being a problem if you wandered off to places you weren't supposed to go. We were also asked not to feed the foxes until we made it to their designated feeding area.
There were probably over one hundred foxes in the village, and there were separate areas that housed rabbits and guinea pigs, most likely the source of food for the foxes when us visitors weren't around. All of the animals seemed well-kept and unstressed. The foxes got a bit nippy with each other when we started tossing food down from the elevated feeding platform, but no one was injured and it just seemed to be part of their hierarchy. At certain times of day there are also staff who stand with tame foxes that you can hold and pet, but other than that, you are not allowed to reach out and touch any of the animals other than to toss food out to them. They made for some nice pictures, though!
Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!