Adventures in a Riverboat named "Contigo todo. Sin ti Nada, " a romantic name, in a jungle river south of Chihuahua, MX. Not a luxury trip, but my kind of trip. Searching for Sweet Water Pink Dolphins.
Tales From A RiverboatThe port is not where the tourists go.
It is the part of Chihuahua that could still serve
as the backdrop of the Mexico of one hundred years ago.
The concrete and rebar dock is crumbling
The wharfs are gorged with boats of all descriptions
from huge cargo vessels declaring home ports like Stockholm and Taiwan
to canoes unloading a few stalks of bananas.
Mostly, though, the docks are crowded by riverboats,
the primary means of transportation in the basin.
These boats look much like ones Mark Twain
may have seen during his life in the Mississippi.
They are wooden two-story affairs painted red and white, and blue and black, whatever garish colors the owners have around.
Most use diesel engines that are seriously underpowered.
The result being a slow moving vessel that runs on high test, hope, and a collection of found objects
which makes the engines look like a modern art construction.
The decks of the boats are flat and lined by railings and balusters.
The pilot houses are placed far forward just a few feet from the bow.
The passenger riverboats are anywhere from 50 feet to 15 feet long.
All of them sit very low in the water,
which is not usually a problem here
Because the Rio Grande and its sisters are often glassy flat.
But, when the afternoon storm clouds roll in,
the river can suddenly roil.
Spray washes over the lower deck
Sometimes the boats sink.
Essay by Ashe
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Written on 2017-06-10 at 14:34
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