Even in a Jeep Wrangler getting to Mickey Carrsquillo's farm above Patillas, Puerto Rico is a challenge. The mountain side path is more trail than road. But on arrival you see where the real challenge lies.

His pig farm looks much like it did when we met the father of 5 shortly after Hurricane Maria.

"Are you confident you can rebuild," WFMZ's Bo Koltnow asked him back in 2017.

"I'm gonna do it," he said.

Two and half years later he's still trying. The storm destroyed his business. Absent government funds he's working other jobs and saving money. He plans to not only bring back his farm but build a house here too.

69 News also checked on Jose Rivera. Last time we met, the mountain side home he shares with wife Candida was ripped apart.

Former St. Luke's nurse and native of the island Elizabeth Alvarez gave us a tour.

"You're going to stay?" Bo asked Candida.

"Aqui. Yes. Yes," she said.

They stayed and were able to rebuild.

Jose says the local government helped with materials but he did all the work, which took about four months.

Jose lives 50 to 60 miles from where the earthquake happened but can feel it.

He lives on a cliff but he's not worried. He used reinforced concrete to stabilize the home. He's confident the house can take whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Nature also battered sacred ground Alveraz's family uses for Christmas gatherings and family reunions. More than two years later stacked 4x4's and cleared debris show that progress is slow but steady. This includes a new bathroom, even a banana tree is bouncing back.

Back at Mickey's his youngest son digs deep into the ground. Moving dirt to start anew. Showcasing the island spirit that even mother nature can't strip away.

"Keep going?" Bo asked Mickey.

"Like I told you last two years, I'm gonna do it again," he said.

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