Sunday after the Micechat meet I went for a solo trip on the Explorer Canoes, which I haven't been on in a while. I guess I just forgot how fun these can be with the right guides!
Sunday was the 1/2 marathon, so I was in a boat with a large group of people in neon green shirts, that said "How's my Running? If I exceed 75 miles per hour, please call (800)...."
Right after we started rowing, a women in front of me started asking about "the track". When the guide said that there was no track, she laughed, saying "come on, Disney is not going to let some tourists just paddle wherever they want"!
And that's where it started. The guide made us all paddle in a 360 circle to prove we weren't on a track. Then he made us turn backwards and we went through the "river rapids" backwards. She still wasn't convinced, apparently -- she said that maybe he hit a button to get us off the track, but that we were back on.
So he pointed to my birthday pin and said "birthday boy, should we go visit the indian village close up?" I think I said something like "*&^% yeah!", and off we went. We purposely (I think) hit a rock to show that we weren't on a track, and the guide said he'd let us out to walk around the indian village, but that he'd probably get fired, so ... uh, no.
When the train went by, he said "it's time for the gun show!", and he had us all raise our shirt sleeves and show our biceps to the train.
With all the fun, two other canoes went right past us, and we had a small splashing fight with one of them. I think she was convinced when we were finished, but I know I definitely had fun. This is going to be a "ride it again" attraction for me. Like the jungle cruise, it really makes or breaks it if you have the right CM involved.