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Photo of the Day: Kite-Flying Fun on El Morro Esplanade

Photo of the Day: Kite-Flying Fun on El Morro Esplanade

Colonial Spanish, Dutch, and English soldiers, pirates, and other assorted historical villains fought and died here throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. When U.S. soldiers arrived and took over, they set up baseball diamonds, making sport amid the old battleground. Eventually, it even served as a public golf course.

(See video of the historic links here.)

Today, the famed El Morro Esplanade hides her secrets under an undulating carpet of utter green majesty; a vibrant expanse so wide, so intoxicatingly limitless it invites the type of carefree strolling and skipping – shoeless, of course – many of us grown folks rarely allow ourselves to enjoy.

The Spanish designed the entire area to be so open as a practical defense measure reasoning that it’d be a lot easier to shoot invading enemy troops if they didn’t have anything to hide behind. Turns out they were mostly right as Castillo San Felipe del Morro, as it’s officially known, was only ever captured once in its 400+ years in active military duty.

The only “fighting” you’ll likely find here today pits the young and young at heart against wayward kites refusing to stay aloft amid the generally persistent cooling breezes blowing in off Old San Juan’s extreme northwestern point. Vendors do a brisk business selling kites, snacks, and refreshing piraguas; basically everything you might need to enjoy a little slice of life in historic Old San Juan.

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  • Ed Wetschler

    There’s just one thing wrong with the placement of the “photo of the day” logo: Kite? What kites?

    • Steve Bennett

      Hahaha! Indeed, our style obscures but a sliver of one kite, but they’re there! I guess we better go back to OSJ and try again, eh Ed? Hope to see you there!

  • Ed Wetschler

    Sounds good, Steve. Y’know, this past January, OSJ is where my wife and I went to celebrate our 25th.

    • Steve Bennett

      Nice! I’ve always wanted to spend a summer there writing, snapping pics, creating and getting lost in the quirky local vibe. One of these days…