4 Jun 2010
Copper Canyon, Mexico, 1998
Can you think back to a time in your life when just about everything changed? For me, it is easy: it was my spring break trip to Mexico in 1998. Together with Dave, Joel, and Anna, we made our way across Texas, into Mexico, eventually descending to the Rio Uribe in the bottom of Copper Canyon and returned intact to Austin in the space of a week. We did it all with forged paperwork, a tent entirely too small for four people, and an astonishing amount of pure luck. It was my first real pseudo-planned adventure, coming just a few months after the death of my mom.
Joel, now a professor at CalTech, was in town recently, and dropped off the pictures from this fabled trip in exchange for kayaking lessons. A great deal! There are hundreds in total, but here are my top 20 or so.