One night in the tent, Sarah was researching the upcoming route and I had started to doze. She asked if I would be interested in a boat ride up Sumidero Canyon. I started laughing as two different scenes popped into my head, proving that guys never grow up (I’m on a boat! and Prestige Worldwide Investor Presentation).
In the morning a tout guided us to a ticket office. A minivan ride later and after a short wait at the docks, we crammed onto a boat with about 25 of our new friends. All of us were wearing bright orange floatation vests. We speculated what they were actually made out of based on some interesting “fixes” we’ve seen in Mexico.
We’ve seen some ingenious and creative solutions to problems involving old tires. For example, we’ve seen vehicles “towed” by lashing a tire to the front bumper of a car or truck and pushing the broken down vehicle. If a steep hillside needs steps, old tires, packed with dirt and staggered work great.
I speculated that Sarah’s vest was filled with old styrofoam coffee cups and mine contained cotton batting. Despite the differences in vests buoyancy, I gave us equal chances of surviving a fall overboard after noting an old tire, painted safety orange with a rope attached on the deck. I could only guess that this was meant to be the ring buoy thrown to victims treading water.
Being out on the water was a great feeling, the sights were impressive, but the greatest satisfaction of the day was the fact that we were speeding along without having to do any of the work.