We woke up early, before sunrise, and loaded into the vans to head about three hours north along the coast to the Rio Oro. We have the creekboats on one van and the fishing, touring, and recreational boats on the other two. Our hope is to do a creek run and then spend some time fishing and touring around this beautiful area. The drive was relatively easy but everyone was ready to paddle by the time we arrived. It is still a 90 minute hike to the put-in… here we go!
Emily and I were armed with Heros, while Nick, Rafa, and Dane had Villains. Rio Oro provided a beautiful hike through farmlands, past cows, horses, farmers carrying as much corn in burlap bags as they can on horse and donkey back as possible. Nick, Emily, Dane, Rafa, and I were hiking in with Corey Rich, James McBeath, and Isreal hiking in to take photos of the two bigger waterfalls. James got into character as “Indiana James” and was his goofy self with the camera and did a few skits involving oranges and safety. It was not a difficult hike and we took our time, stopping for fresh oranges every 30 minutes or so. When we arrived at the put-in, which is just below a 45 foot waterfall, Rafa and Dane scouted it from the lip. It is runnable but has a big kicker at the lip and is a very small pool that may, or may not be deep enough to plug in. Nobody decided to run it today, which would have been a first descent. Another day. We were all still a sore from the total Jalacingo.
The first thing you notice when you hit the water is that it is perfectly clear and volcanic bedrock. The aeration makes blue bubbles and is some of the prettiest water I have seen in a whitewater river. The river is narrow and winding, made up of class 3 slides for a while and some nice boofs over holes that send water deep into narrow cracks creating beautiful pools of blue bubbles and crystal clear waters. After a mile or so you come to the canyon which includes 2 waterfalls about 25 feet tall. The first one is incredible looking with a slanted lead in ramp and a twisting spout that falls into a caldron below of overhanging cliffs and plants reaching down for the water. We all boofed it more than we wanted to and it is a hard landing. The shape of the drop makes it very hard to go vertical on top of the water. I tried to stomp it but was rejected. Same with Nick. Dane and Rafa also landed hard. We all shook of the landing quickly and started downstream to the next one, which was one rapid away. The second big waterfall is a straight over the edge waterfall with a nice roller leading into it. I decided I would plug it deep this time as I was done boofing drops for a few days to give my body a break. This drop is the exit of the canyon and leads into a class 2 30 minute paddle to the ocean. Dane, Nick, and I plugged it and had soft landings, while Rafa 45’d it and it and stayed on the surface. Emily walked around the canyon and met us downstream. We paddled out, floating along in the wide open landscape as we anticipated the ocean. Finally we paddled under a bridge and there was the ocean and the “El Norte” was in full force and the waves were big. (biggest I have ever seen, Edwardo said) Nick, Dane, Emily, and I followed the current around a sand bar and into the surf we charged out past the breakers, which took some time. I was paddling my Spiderman Hero and it was doing some spiderman kick flips off the back side of the waves. I over rotated more than once and landed flat on my hull the rest of the time, usually a couple of feet off the water after completing the kick flip. It was super fun. We surfed around for a while and then went in. Dane and Nick took the Journeys out for spin and got some sweet surfs in them. At one point Dane got backendered in the Journey, which was very impressive, and pirouetted around and landed in a front surf. We got that on video, it will look cool.
We loaded the vans and drove to Boca Partida where we got ourselves some cabins for the night from Ferdinand. Ferdinand has lived here on the coast for his whole life. There is a cave just around the bend from his place that he explored from a boat in 1973 and found some cool Moroccan artifacts. A super cool coin that he wears as a necklace (probably worth a lot of money), a super cool sword that is in perfect condition, including the big “nicks” where the owner had “crossed swords” with it before, a knife, teapot, and some other cool stuff. He showed us all of this stuff while his family cooked us dinner. Dinner was Cerro (fish) from a fresh catch. Sliced and pan fried, with fresh made tortillas, black beans, rice, fresh tomato and lettuce, jalapenos, some salsa verde, Corona, and a great outdoor setting on the ocean. We enjoyed our dinner, followed by coffee and some good stories before crossing the creek, and climbing up the hill to the cabins overlooking the ocean. My family all shared one cabin and the rest of the crew were broken into three more.
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