Jan. 9th--2 extremes, Mucha Agua and 1st timer beginner trip
Here's Marty boofing Toro Loco on the Piatua River.
The group dynamic worked out really well. It was good for the beginner kayakers to get a taste of what long-time kayakers acted and talked like (and believe it or not, I don't think the Mucha Agua boys scared off the other crew. They were very well behaved, hardly ever said "dude" and all and all were great ambassadors for the sport of kayaking). The Mucha Agua guys were all super impressed that people would be adventuresome enough to come down to Ecuador to learn how to kayak. So, in the end, both groups learned from each other and shared mutual respect for what the others were doing.
Noah, Upper Jondachi. Noah is about to go back for his PHD in Hydrology, so this trip was meant to get him in the right mind set--thinking about water.
In addition to their kayaking classes, the beginner crew took some time to enjoy the sights of Ecuador. Here, their guide Jamie shows them some local produce. This outing to the market was going so well until they came upon the grubs...yep, someone ate one, and it wasn't pretty!
Marty boofing P-cubed on the Cheesehouse section of the Quijos River.
You are never safe from stalking Tapirs. Tapirs don't generally attack people (being the friendly vegetarians that they are), but there was one documented case in a zoo in Oklahoma City, so Bobby was careful not to make any sudden movements that might annoy this guy! In the end, it was a friendly encounter of mutual curiosity.
Some photos are beyond words