Here is Chuck styling “Bobsled” on the Upper Misahualli. This is how Chuck spent his last day of 2008, boofing his way down a crystal clear river in Ecuador. Not bad Chuck.
Here is Erica ripping it up in one of the best play spots on the Jatunyacu River (the Upper Napo).
The next day we did the Lower Jondachi which flows into the Hollin River. We just like to keep people on their toes mixing it up between big water runs and technical creeks. Carrie is running one of the “too numerous to count” rapids on the Lower Jondachi.
Anson on his way down to the Hollin confluence.
Damn, Chuck likes those waterfalls! Here he is soaking in a moment’s peace just above the biggest rapid of the day–“Waffleria.” This was one of the more memorable rapids of the trip…
Then…while we all tried (ok, most of us tried) to keep things under control, we did decide to go partake in a few of the New Year’s festivities around Tena. Don’t worry, it’s just the bad light making things blurry, despite valiant efforts from my fellow kayakers, I never did get this impaired.
At midnight (which I regret to say I did not make it up late enough to see), everyone burns their “muenecas.” These are mannequin dolls with masks on that are typically built to represent someone or something that their makers would like to see go away with the old year. So, for example, if you wanted to quit smoking, you might build a person smoking, that you would then burn at midnight, and waa-laa, wake up the next morning a new, non-smoking person! At any rate, there are a lot of things on fire come 12am in Ecuador!
Some of us might have been a little worse for ware the next morning, but everyone rallied to paddle. Here is Erica smiling with her new friends.
Tarquino showing off his boof stroke.
Sucks to have a monkey on your back