Posted July 11th, 2004, 12:35 AM
Just another opinion!
My husband HATED this Martha Brea Excursion!!!
The rafting part was OK ... some points along the river were quite pretty.
When we arrived at the Rafter's Village which was a complete zoo, we were finally assigned to a 2-Person bamboo raft with a guide to "pole" us down the river. Each guide constructs his own raft so every raft is different.
Our guide NEVER stopped talking!
Over & over, he told us how poor he was and that his job was the ONLY means of support for his parents and entire family of 17 people. He sort of slipped a bit on his sad story when he told us his brother was on the raft behind us.
All along the river there were vendors with styrofoam coolers of beer and displays of wood carvings. Our guide absolutely insisted
we stop because he would really so very much appreciate a beer of two. (To be quite honest ... we had NO PROBLEM stopping after the awful bus ride UP the mountain -- We needed a beer also! )
The trip UP the mountain as a "Sunday School Picnic" compared to the trip back DOWN!
We were on this HUGE bus (Grayhound sized) barreling down the tiny, narrow mountain roads at record speeds ... almost running on-coming autos and rusty old trucks full of terrified workers completely off the mountain.
This bus driver must have been a taxi driver in Cozumel in a former life!
In the mist of all of this our tour guide seemed to think it would be a good idea for us to sing our National Anthems. We thought we should be singing "In the Sweet Bye'n Bye" or "NEARER MY GOD TO ME"!
Whatever .... Some liked this one better than others. Just our opinion!
Happy Sailing! OCruisers