About two years ago I went on a lovely little boat ride in Mexico that turned into a minor disaster.
It was no small feat getting to the Tamul waterfall. First we sat in the back of a pick-up truck for a twenty minute drive, followed by a little hike through a wooded area until we finally made it to the water.
In my experience, meandering excursions like this add to the sense of isolation and make for amazing adventures in the end. You end up feeling more connected to your destination for having journeyed so long to get there.
But this time, the remoteness became a problem.
You see, it was at a remote cenote on this boat trip where I stepped on a family of angry little red ants and quickly discovered that I’m apparently quite allergic to them. Our excursion abruptly ended right then and there, but it was another 45 minutes before we made it back down the river, back to the bank, back in the pick-up truck, and back to my luggage where I kept my allergy medications. You see, until this episode, I’d never really known what it was I was allergic to, and my reactions were always pretty minor.
Now I realize how important it is to carry allergy medication with me at all times. I’m very lucky that the hour in transit to my medication wasn’t life threatening, but it was absolutely miserable… You’ll have to watch the video to see the pictures of my allergic reaction and to see my newfound solution for carrying meds on boat trips like this one.