|We drove up into the mountains, and I snapped pictures of everything- houses, palm trees, mango trees, all the scenery.|
|We stopped a a little colmado (store) to get some water in the village of El Cupey, and saw some kids playing outside.|
|When this guy heard I was working on a book about Pedro Martinez, he immediately showed me his batting stance.|
|This family was so nice, and even invited us right into their home, where their mother was cooking dinner. That's my daughter walking in, exploring a different world. This house is a lot like the one Pedro Martinez lived in when he was growing up.|
|Mango trees play an important role in Growing Up Pedro, so I spent a lot of time searching for The Perfect Mango Tree. When I saw this one, I knew I had found it.|
|This is Dani, who did an amazing job posing for me as a young Pedro Martinez.|
We enjoyed the trip so much, we decided to go back this year (just for vacation this time). A few days ago, on our last day there, I finally tracked down Dani, the kid who posed as a young Pedro Martinez. Here he is, seeing the book for the first time.