Today we went to the “Academy of Mexico for Sea Kayaking” “Academia Mexicana de Kayak de Mar” where we met up with an old acquaintance that was on the Mexico slalom team and I last saw at the 1995 World Cup on the Ocoee River. He runs a sea kayak school in Veracruz and has a cool camp where we went to film some video “walkthroughs” of some of our boats. We did the Ibis, Regal, Journey, Hero, Villain, and Riviera, and Day Tripper. We paddled out to an island about 1/2 of a mile offshore. I did the Ibis and Regal myself but had to leave to go to Xalapa to do a meeting. I am in the back seat of a car, going 100 mph right now and trying not to look where we are going to give any attention to the driver who may or may not be trying to either impress me or scare me. The driver is a professional from Veracruz and is making the Nissan Sentra drive like a BMW on the autobahn. I just had lunch on the way, a full fish, cooked my new favorite way… sliced and pan fried splashing the oil into the slices to cook it on the top and bottom at the same time. This was a HUGE fish and after three burritos including jalapenos, chile sauce, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, and some fresh torillas, I was stuffed and hadn’t flipped the fish over yet to get to the other side. I did my best to eat the other side of the fish but am totally stuffed. This was a good fish. My mouth is burning a little bit, still, from how spicy I made it.
Crazy to think that I am not kayaking tomorrow! A big travel day home.
Still have this meeting to do in a few minutes and then get home at 100 MPH, I am guessing for 90 minutes, and then we are going out to the “Centro” for some shopping for souveniers. Tomorrow we leave at 7:40am, so 5:40 am arrival at the airport. Back to Rock Island!
The meeting went well, it was a presentation by the Director of Tourism in Veracruz. Mauricio, our distributor was also there, looking very sharp…