11/04 - Divertido

It's a beautiful Domingo en la tarde. It's the 1st of Noviembre, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, temperature is about 80 F.  

So what do you do for excitement?

Well, this past Sunday I headed on down to the lake to see something I have never seen before.  I didn't even know such a thing existed before, but I was anxious to see it.

I had recently read an ad, in our local Guadalajara reporter (the only English weekly newspaper), that this weekend they were going to have TRACK-HOE BOARDING going on for 3 days down at the Ajijic malecon.

Okay, I'll bet you are just like me trying to run through your mind 'what the h*ll is Track-Hoe boarding?'  Well, it's kinda cool.

All you need is a big, ole track-hoe (a back-hoe is too small), a 100 ft piece of strong rope, and a wakeboard, skis, a little rubber boat, and a willing participant.

Then you attach the rope to the bucket, attach the rubber boat to the rope, load the rubber boat in the bucket and head on out to deeper water.  

As you'll see in the pictures they only go out about 100 yards.

Once out in deeper water, let the fun begin.

Participant jumps in the rubber boat.  

Track-hoe operator starts spinning the track-hoe bucket around in circles, and the rubber boat and passenger go for a ride.

That may not sound like a lot of fun, or slightly more fun than going to watch a tractor pull, but it reminded me of someone skiing or getting pulled behind a boat and then having the boat make a sharp right turn.

The centrifugal force at the end of the rope gets going pretty fast and I'm guessing that one needs to hold on real tight to keep from getting tossed out of the boat.

And since your going pretty fast around in a circle and the little rubber boat is skimming across the top of the water, if you hit a wave wrong the little rubber boat is bound to want to turn over.

And when the little rubber boat turns over, inertia takes over and you keep going without the benefit of the little rubber boat.

And so it went, teenagers riding around in circles in a little rubber attached to a Track-hoe, holding on for dear life, but to no avail. Parents screaming from the shore like fans at a bullfight.

It looked like fun and the people gathered along the shoreline were having fun watching and taking pictures.

It was a first, but then I have had many first down here.  

That's what I love about Lakeside.