June 20, 2006
Craig showed up in Trinidad late this afternoon with Louise from England and Patricia from Switzerland. They had to take a bus from La Paz for twenty hours to some little town, sleep a few hours at the bus station, then take another bus for nine hours to Trinidad down the same horrible road I took last week. They were all pretty exhausted, but enthusiastic about the adventure that lie ahead. Veronica, a girl from Ecuador who was on the same bus, also showed up at the same hotel we were all staying at, and we all decided to get dinner together.
Joining us at dinner were Hugh and Rachael from England, two more of Craig's friends. It looks like Veronica will come with us too, so we will have seven for this trip, meaning that we will probably need two canoes unless we get a really big one. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that one will suddenly be for sale soon. Our trip with be in dugout canoes for 7-10 days down the Rio Mamore, which heads north for about 1000 KM before joining with the Itenez, which we navigated on our last canoe trip. It would be way too enthusiastic to get to Guayaramerin again, but there are a couple other towns on the way that we could stop at, depending on how the group feels about continuing.