Feeling secure that my home is protected while I am away, allows me to embark on all kinds of wonderful adventures. Once such adventure that is on the horizon in the next year or so is the Texas Water Safari.
The Texas Water Safari is actually comprised of several events including an information seminar, two short races (one of which can be considered as a preliminary race) and of course, the Safari itself – the 260 mile race to Seadrift from the headwaters of the San Marcos River. The Safari itself, billed as the “World’s Toughest Boat Race”, is an annual race via the San Marcos and Guadalupe rivers, from Aquarena Springs in the college town of San Marcos, to the shrimping village of Seadrift on the Texas coastline, a total distance of 260 miles. The first official race was held in 1963, and is run annually on the second Saturday of June.
The primary requirement is a boat powered only by human muscle. Racers must take all food and equipment needed with them, receiving only water and ice along the way.
With such a grueling task at hand, why would you want to waste energy or effort on worrying about your home? “Did I lock the door?” “Did I drive off and leave the garage door open again?” “Oh no! It is going to be over 100 degrees all week. What did I set the thermostat to? My Electric bill is going to be HUGE!!!” With home automation and a smart home security system. I don’t have to worry about these things. I can control everything from my smartphone, check on it the night before I embark on my journey and focus on finishing the race at a rate and time that won’t embarrass myself. I could live with second to last, just not last.