Last week on vacation with the family in Puerto Rico, I took a small detour from the touristy stuff to check out a cool new technology. Driving just over an hour west of San Juan, I headed south, and soon found myself passing through an intensely green forested and serrated landscape of karst limestone outcroppings. I followed the winding road about a half hour south to the town of Utuado, home of 33,000 souls and one of the communities most seriously affected by hurricane Maria. After asking directions three times (my destination was not on Google Maps), I eventually found my way to the Utuado Estacion de los Bomberos – the local fire station.
There I introduce myself to the officer in charge (he was perhaps a bit confused as to what TREIA’s storyteller in residence actually does) and asked permission to accompany him to the roof. We climbed a vertical ladder set into the wall, opened a hatch, and walked over to view a secondary lower rooftop.