The below is a passage that one of our AYCJetters posted on his blog, describing his adventures in Puerto Rico:
As one of my All You Can Jet adventures, I jet to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and trek on two buses to the deserted and wild Piñones Beach.
When I reach the beach, a dog greets me and follows me. I expect it to stop soon and go back to its master.
After a while, I realize it has no leash. It has no collar. It has no master.
Like me, she’s alone.
At first, I’m unsure whether I like her: I think she might bite me. I think she wants my food. Then I think she wants to chew my Hollister shoes. Finally, I think she just wants a friend.
We do have a few things in common.
She’s a wild dog. I’m a wild boy.
She’s a beach dog. I’m a beach dude.
She’s got naturally multi-colored hair. I do too.
She leads and follows me. When I walk, she walks. When I stop, she stops. When I swim, she swims.
When I emerge from the surf, she dances and barks. When I lie in the sand, she jumps on me and freaks me out. When I throw her a stick or an object to fetch, she runs after it, grips it with her teeth and lets it be. Like I do.
She chases birds and urchins and beautiful things she can’t catch. Like I do.
I name her Playa. If I were a dog, I’d live free on the beach like she does.
As we walk, we encounter a few other people and other dogs on the beach. Surely she can find a companion more interesting than I am. And one who loves dogs more than I do.
But she stays with me. Like me, she doesn’t want to stay in one place: she wants to run around the beach and be free.
I feel safe without her. I feel safer with her. She watches out for me. For the first time in my life, I understand why dogs are man’s best friend.
We walk together on the beach for five miles. The sun begins to set, and we reach the end of the beach. I look back, and I see only palm trees and her footsteps and mine in the sand.
Starving, she starts to forage for food. Even though I don’t know when or if a bus will come for me, I give her my food. I feed her Terra Blues, the official snack of JetBlue, and a Chocolate Chipper.
She waits for the bus with me. I tell her what a good dog she is.
When the bus comes and I have to go home, she is Elliot, and I am E.T.
As I jet from San Juan to New York, I tear up thinking of my perfect dog and our perfect day on a perfect beach.
Adios Playa! Adios amiga!
You think she’s a dog. I think she’s God.