And yes, I have a tinge of red from sunburn, but not bad. I've been pretty careful and even used some sunscreen today. (Did you read that Dr. Silva? Sunscreen...)
The kayaking was to get from shore out to my friend Tom's Santana 21 sailboat, tied to a mooring a couple of hundred yards out in the bay. I haven't been kayaking in over a year, but hey, how hard is it?
I took four big waves over the bow as I went out through the surf and any hope I had of arriving dry at Tom's boat went with it. Unfortunately, just yesterday, I also had a long conversation with my friend Mario (a wildlife biologist) about the likelihood of there being sharks in the Tenacatita Bay.
Unlikely he said, but possible. So I was looking over my shoulder into the clear water quite bit as I paddled out - and back to the beach hours later.
What you don't want to see behind you while kayaking
Tom and I had a great sail back and forth across the bay, ending our sojourn after about two hours when my sunscreen began to lose it effectiveness - and I remembered that I left a garden hose running, watering several palm trees in the yard that were dying of thirst. By the time I got home (an hour later) the hose was not dripping at all. Turns out that some parts of town just lose water pressure at certain times of the day.
Que lastima. But we had enough water in our water tank for me to rinse off the saltwater dousings I had taken.
At home, I had an email from my La Manzanilla amiga named Tia, who roars around town on a great-looking 'quad' ATV, usually with her daughter hanging on tight on the back. Tia checked out the poll with this blog and said I should definitely try out a quad before deciding between a motorscooter and buying a quad.
Monday, I'll be sporting around town on Tia's quad, after we have coffee. (And also some instruction on how to 'quad' about...)
"Get your motor running, way out on the highway..."
The photo below was chosen to show what a 'quad' looks like. The young lady in the photo is totally incidental to the illustration.
Girl on quad - stuck in the mud