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The Gearboat Chronicles

Viva Baja

Paul asked me to go down to Baja Mexico to investigate reports of a new way to wear personal floatation devices. I found the inventor of the ‘over one shoulder’ technique and went out for a day on the water to see him in action.

We won’t be adopting the method. I won’t bore you with all the technical data, but the upshot is there are better ways to wear a life jacket.

Here’s my mom demonstrating proper PFD use.

You know, that Mexico is all right. Except for all the sun and warm weather, which was a shock to my system.

I did discover a possible new line of work while down there.

If anybody needs a skip tracer to look for Wallowa County residents who are abroad, let me know. Here’s my last operation:

Chris Geyer and I run into each other in Joseph. He says he’s heading back to Baja. I say I’m going there too.

He says we should meet. I agree. But then it doesn’t look like it’s going to work.

Then I’m driving a rental car through a town and see Chris Geyer drive by in his Rhino. What the what? We had chile rellenos to celebrate.

He and Christina have a lovely place down there. Really a nice spot.

So Mexico was great but I can’t tell you how relieved I am to be back in the land of overcast skies and the possibility of bad weather. Keep your margaritas and t-shirt weather, Mexico. I’ll take tire chains and possible frostbite any day.

O yeah, and I hear the steelhead are cooperating.

I’ll be getting on the water in the next couple days to find out, but call Paul if you’re looking to get out there and exercise your steelhead rod.