We leave for Rio Usumacinta in four days! Its going to take us 2 days to get to Palenque, Mexico. One day to drive to Denver as flights out of Durango to Denver are not reliable at all. The second day is flights from Denver to Mexico City to Villahermosa. Then we drive to Palenque and spend one or two nights there.
On Jan 11th we hit the water. Including guides we will have 21 people in our group which is the largest group I will have ever gone rafting with. We are on the water for 7 to 8 days, I am still a little fuzzy on the details. The good news is that I am not organizing or leading this trip. I am like water and will flow where told to flow.
We have purchased some new dry bags that open like duffel bags. Traditional dry bags open at one end and you stuff everything in them. The problem with that setup is that if you want some clothing on the bottom of the bag you have to remove everything to get to it. With a duffel style dry bag it is much easier to rummage through and get that t-shirt you need for the luau or whatever.
I also bought a couple of long sleeve sun shirts with hoods. We are going to be in the sun a lot and I prefer to just block everything rather than risk a sunburn. We have our life jackets, or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s), and are renting the tent from the rafting company. They are also supplying the rafts and food. We will handle everything from preparing meals to cleaning toilets/groovers while on the river. I am getting excited.