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I hike the steep, winding trail, a soft, fresh breeze tickling my face, filtered sunlight streaming through the thick foliage above me. As I journey through El Yunque National Park’s magnificent rainforest in Puerto Rico, towering, majestic, emerald-green trees build a leafy canopy over my head. I see a monstrous snail, a bright sheen on its beautiful tan-and-gray spiral shell. A bit later, I come to a small section of trampled ferns. An earthy, pungent scent fills my nose as I warily draw closer to examine the crushed green undergrowth. I quickly retreat to fresher air when the smell becomes overpowering, reveling in the hot, humid breeze that feels moist and thick in my nose. I walk on, hearing the sharp, smoky-gray gravel crunch beneath my feet, occasionally sending clattering showers of pebbles rattling down the slope. I carefully keep going, getting closer to my destination one step at a time.
After some time, I notice a light, airy, floral scent on the air. I look around for its source, and an array of color meets my eyes. Ruby red, brilliant blue, glowing gold, pristine pur...


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