Jul 27, 2003, 7:02 AM
Post #16 of 23
<<First of all, you must be from the Pacific Northwest, home of the good neighbor busybody goody-two-shoes who is always there to tell you to wear your life jacket. If so, you will be happy to live here where absolutely nobody will scold you for any reason whatsoever and if they do you simply pay them a bribe. >>
heh heh, bubba...yer wrong. I live in the fun 'n sun state of South Florida (a completely different state from Northern Florida ;)
The PNWers have every right to be paranoid about wearing PFDs....i believe after 20 seconds of immersion it gets tough to use your fingers etc. to get back in your boat. I don't "roll" and look what happened to Miguel as he was practicing his roll.
I subscribe to www.paddlewise.net and this discussion is endless. Just like buckling up in your car, wearing a PFD is a lifesaver. No guarantees, of course, but it does increase the odds. I'd rather they found my body.
The few times I've gone PFD-less on shallow/calm water I've felt nekkid. I recently bought an inflatable PFD at a garage sale cos wearing a PFD in summer does make you feel very hot. Of course, wearing one won't be worth a darn if a gator gets you...and them gators are getting too many and too big for my liking.
thanks to all for the paddling locale tips, will file in the Mexico folder. My queretaro friend makes kayaks and has property in Veracruz. He plans to open up a paddling "place" with classes, accommodations, tours. OK...how many hours driving time from Ajijic to Veracruz?
Miami, Fla & El Parque