After a few training sessions I concluded that for every 4 hours of kayaking I need to take 2 Advils. At this rate I might as well name the boat “Advil”. It seemed like such a genius idea that I wrote a letter to the makers of Advil. This is what I got back:
After Advil was out, I turned to the social responsibility message of my trip for inspiration. Fighting for ocean sustainability and tuna protection, I couldn’t find a better namesake for my yak than the legendary Greenpeace vessel, the Rainbow Warrior.
As a teenager especially obsessed with an inevitable nuclear holocaust, the Rainbow Warrior played a special role in my life. Having sailed on a mission to halt nuclear testing in the South Pacific agents of the French government sank the boat in a New Zealand marina during the summer of 85. Unable to fathom how a non-communist government can be so evil, I was glued to my radio following the drama every night. I was heartbroken for days.
Inspired by Greenpeace, I named the kayak the Arcoiris Explorer. Paying respect to my hosts in Mexico, I used the Spanish equivalent of rainbow. Godspeed “Arcoiris Explorer”.
Coming up next: How I fell in love with Phil at Greenpeace HQ who also named his yak after a legendary Greenpeace hero and climate change warrior.