Manchanilla apples, as well as the tree itself, contain caustic oils. We found out the hard way that one shouldn't indulge in this tropical fruit.
In an attempt to save others from our gustatory debacle, among other reasons, we created a travelogue to share our experiences, mistakes, and dumb good luck with others who are infected by the travel bug.
If you are looking for vacation ideas that your entire family can enjoy, or even just 'off the beaten path' itineraries for everyone, then Just Say No to Manchanilla Apples! is the book for you. Beware - you may encounter deceptive seaweed, dinosaur dung, and Starbucks sans pastries!
Just Say No to Manchanilla Apples! is available for sale through Amazon.com. It is also available through Lulu.com.
To read a sampling, click on the EXCERPT link to the left.
Happy Journeys, Valerie
11/30/2009 - Our email address has changed to Welbourn3@morrisbb.net Emails sent to Welbourn3@mchsi.com are still coming through, but I imagine that will change soon (Morris bought out Mediacom in our county).
We plan to visit Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley this coming spring (2010), so any tips or insider information would be welcome if you want to send them our way.
10/11/2009 - For those of you who were guided to this site to see our pictures of St. John (USVI): I finally figured out how to add the link to the St. John picture page (in the upper left corner). It is the link entitled, appropriately enough, "Photos of St. John." Also, in the Picasa Photo Slideshow, the pictures of Brown Bay and Cinnamon Bay are in St. John.
7/30/2009 - Just Say No to Manchanilla Apples! A Family Travelogue is now available on Kindle through Amazon.com in their Kindle Store. I'll frankly admit that I feel a degree of envy for you Kindle owners. But it's nice to be able to look forward to the acquisition of one as well. Sweet anticipation and all that. Kindle On!
In her newly released book, Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart writes of the "Manchineel Tree" which appears to be the same as the Manchanilla Tree. Apparently, my introduction to that tree was under a more archaic, spanish-derived version of its name. Wicked Plants gives more information on this toxic tree as well as other perturbing plants. Check it out.
Note - the foliage shown as background of this web page is NOT the manchanilla. It is just some of the beautiful plant life found on Puerto Rico.